Did God Use the “Big Bang” to Create the Universe?


For a long time there has been a conflict between the teaching of the Bible and the beliefs of the scientific community in general over the origin of the universe. On one hand, you have the Biblical account of God creating the universe from nothing in six days. On the other hand, you have a theory held by many scientists that says the universe came into being when a ball of matter of unknown origin exploded (”Big Bang”), sending particles shooting through space, which eventually, somehow, formed planets and stars, bred life, and, over millions of years, through a long string of lucky mutations, those first single-cell organisms evolved into every living thing that we see in the world today.

Despite the fact that the Big Bang theory is infinitely improbable, fantastically irrational, and wholly unprovable, many in the scientific community present it as fact. Too many religious people, ignoring Paul’s warning against “science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20, KJV), have chosen to either reinterpret or ignore what the Bible teaches about the beginnings of the universe and life on the Earth.

Yesterday, the Pope gave us yet another example of one in religion siding with the arrogant presumption of “science” rather than with the word of God. The Pope said that God was behind the Big Bang and that this scientific theory did not conflict with faith.

Maybe the Big Bang theory does not conflict with the Pope’s faith, but it does conflict with “the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3). The faith – that which has been revealed by God – tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Not only does it tell us that God did it, but it tells us how He did it – He spoke the universe into existence, creating everything in six, literal, consecutive, 24-hour days (Genesis 1).

How do we know that the Creation really happened this way and that Genesis 1 is not just a fictitious account of the origin of the universe? First, the Sabbath law given to Israel (Exodus 20:8-10) was based on a literal six-day Creation: “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:11). Second, Jesus affirmed that Adam and Eve – who were created on the sixth day (Genesis 1:24-31) – were made at “the beginning of creation” (Mark 10:6), not millions or billions of years after the beginning.

Do not be tempted into compromising your faith for “science.” Since the Big Bang theory cannot be proven, it must be accepted on the basis of faith. So you have a choice to make – accept what God said by faith or accept what man says by faith. Which will you choose? We have learned what choice the Pope has made. Many others have chosen to have faith in man as well. But as for you, be firm in your faith in God and His word. As Paul said, “Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar” (Romans 3:4).

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  1. Nickie's says

    What about 2 Peter 3:8? How do we know how God measures a “day”?

  2. Nickie, that’s a good question. 2 Peter 3:8 says, “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.”

    Peter’s point is that God is not bound by time like we are. As it relates to the creation of the universe, God could have done it in 6 days, 6 seconds, or 6 billion years. Time was not a factor to Him.

    So knowing that, how can we know what kind of DAY is under discussion in the Creation account of Genesis 1? Because it tells us. Each day had an evening and a morning (Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31). These were not figurative days. They were the same as the literal, 24-hour days we have today.