Isn’t the big bang an atheistic theory used to avoid God?
No, the big bang is, in fact, one of the strongest scientific evidences supporting the biblical creation account. It overturns the once-popular notion of an eternal universe. Scientists use the term “big bang” to describe the sudden transcendent origin of space, time, matter, and energy, as well as the continuous unfolding of space, time, matter, and energy. The Bible describes four key characteristics of a big bang universe:
- Genesis 1:1 and Hebrews 11:3 declare that the universe began to exist (and, thus, required a Beginner).
- At least five biblical writers describe an expanding universe (e.g., Job 9:8; Psalm 104:2; Isaiah 40:22, 42:5, 44:24, 45:12, 48:13, 51:13; Jeremiah 10:12, 51:15; and Zechariah 12:1).
- Scripture also talks about the constancy of the laws of physics, most explicitly in Jeremiah 33:25–26.
- Romans 8:18–21 notes the effects of a pervasive law of decay.
These characteristics—a singular beginning, cosmic expansion, and constant laws of physics, including the law of decay—essentially define a big bang universe. The Bible leaves many details, such as the expansion rate and light-travel time, for us to measure. However, this correspondence between the biblical description of the universe (authored thousands of years ago) and the best scientific understanding of the universe provides strong evidence for the supernatural inspiration of the words of the Bible.