Paradigm Shift (Genesis 1:1)

The Big Bang theory.

 

While this may ring familiar as a popular television sitcom, it is actually referencing a theory that the universe has a definitive beginning, originating from a singular point in time and space approximately 13.8 billion years ago. It may come as a surprise to some in this current generation that the Big Bang theory was not always an established nor accepted concept. For thousands of years prior to the proposal of the theory, most scientists believed the universe was static and unchanging. Some of the initial hesitations the scientific community had toward the theory were that it sounded like religion, a weak pretext to invoke a mythical god when existing theories did not suffice. Only through the later revelations and predictions of complex mathematical equations of relativity and quantum mechanics coupled with the invention of sophisticated devices that could verify these predictions did the theory gain wide-spread acceptance in the scientific community. The popular press and educational system soon followed. 

 

It was a paradigm shift. 

 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1 (ESV)

 

For Christians, the Truth was always evident. The Bible begins with this familiar verse with no explanation of the mechanism, only that it began with God. Thousands of years would elapse before mankind and scientific knowledge advanced enough to begin to explain some of the scientific principles that God created and utilized. Yet, no matter how sophisticated our explanations are, there is still an unanswered question. How can something arise from nothing? If the universe began from a singularity, a single point from which all space and time originated, what created this? Scientists have proposed elaborate explanations such as alternative or multiple universes. While compelling, it simply pushes the question further back in time, how did these other universes arise? Something cannot arise from nothing.

 

The Bible is not a textbook of science, it is a statement of Truth. When one begins to critically examine the science of the Big Bang theory, one is faced with the staggering evidence that the universe and all creation had to be precisely finely tuned for the Big Bang to occur. How finely tuned? In 2002, theoretical physicists from Stanford University published a remarkable paper entitled, “Disturbing Implications of a Cosmological Constant.” These scientists, all atheists, demonstrated that the probability for the Big Bang to occur as it did was 1 x 10*120. This is greater than the number of known particles in the universe! They hypothesized that “an unknown agent” intervened to create such precision. Unknown agent, indeed!

 

Our paradigm shift will be when we all realize that humans are not the masters of the universe, only God is. Once we understand this relationship, everything else will fall into place and we will understand our place in God’s Creation. We were created to worship God in everything we do and with everyone with whom we interact. The endless and futile search for success and power will be revealed as meaningless. We will experience the paradigm shift that God desires for all of us. Only by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will our existence be in sync with God. 

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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