The big bang. Call me crazy, but it does not appear to me that explosions end in great order and design.
As a young teenager (guess the moral direction of this story) we used to place these things called M80s into various apparatuses. Then, we would proceed to light the fuse of the M80s, run, witness extraordinary carnage, laugh, and then repeat (do not try this at home).
And there is something I noticed from those several years of pyro-depravity experimentations: the apparatus into which the M80 was placed never proceeded from a state of less order and design to more. It was quite the opposite. If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that impersonal big bangs never caused extraordinary order.
For this reason, the impersonal Big Bang theory has been confusing as an explanation for the existence of the universe. Things like the intense orderliness, organization, and design within the universe seem contrary. Now, I understand that the Big Bang theory is significantly more complex than depraved teenagers and M80s and there are intellectually brilliant individuals who believe in the theory. Even so, the wonder of things like our solar system, galaxy, and universe seem to defy an impersonal theory of explosion. And even more, Scripture presents a far more plausible explanation; that all things came into being through the eternally existing Lord Jesus Christ (Gen. 1:1, John 1:3, Col. 1:16, Heb. 1:2).
Consider with me for a moment some of the extraordinary glories of God in our universe:
Earth. Among other things, it’s a planet at the perfect location, density, rotation, temperature, and distance from the sun to harbor life. It is about 25,000 miles around with a mass of 6 x 1024 kg (or about 13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 lbs). And, as God revealed many centuries B.C., the earth hangs on nothing (Job 26:7). How an object that heavy hangs on nothing still baffles me. And while it hangs on nothing, our earth spins at 1000 miles per hour (while the moon moves at about 0.6 miles per second around the earth, never flinging away). While it spins, the earth is also moving around the sun at about 18 miles per second. Every second, our earth has traveled another 18 miles. Did you feel it? Did you feel it that time? So, in a year, we have made the 584 million mile trip around the sun. You may not travel to the next state, but, every year, you make a 584 million mile trip around the sun (tell that to your frequent flyer carrier). Every year, again and again. And the earth never flings off into oblivion. It always stays its course and maintains the perfect distance, rotation, and velocity. We could also talk about how the earth tilts back and forth while it spins at 1000 mph and moving at 18 miles per second, helping to keep the seasons in check. Impersonal explosions can’t do that.
“The heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1).
The sun. With a circumference of about 7 million miles, if the sun was a hallow shell, you could fit about 1.3 million earths inside of it. At the surface, our sun is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and at the center, a tad warmer, at around 28,000,000 degrees. How does it stay that warm? To what is it plugged in? Who pays its electric bill? And, like Earth, it too hangs on nothing. All the while light from the sun is constantly emanating, moving at about 186,000 miles per second.
Now, our sun is the star in our solar system, but, only one of somewhere between 200-400 billion other stars in our Milky Way galaxy, in addition to an estimated 100 billion planets.
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