“The LORD formed me, the first of His plans, Before He began to create; And I was enthroned from of old, Ere the first preparations of earth; When Space was not made I revolved; Before the deep springs of the sea; before that the mountains were set, I revolved ere existed the heights; ere the earth and its circuit was made, And before the first dusts of the worlds.”
“When He formed the suns (the heavens, the universe) I was there, when their circuits were settled in space, when arranging the clouds from above, When controlling the fountains in space; When He fixed His decree for the sea, That the waters should not pass the shore; When He fixed His decree for the land, I was there with delight, day by day. I rejoiced in His presence the while; I rejoiced in the circling of earth, and rejoiced in the children of men.”
(Prov 8:22-31 Ferrar Fenton Translation)
Consider the foregoing for a moment, “Here in the Eighth Chapter of Proverbs, Solomon speaking of Jesus, the Logos, under the symbol of wisdom, puts these words into his mouth:
I existed before as yet he had created space. That is to say, when the great supreme architect began to put his plan into execution, he seems to have pushed back the walls of “nothingdom”, and created space. He sowed space with the constellations of the heavens.”
The above photo was taken by the WFC3/IR camera on Hubble in late August 2009 during a total of four days of pointing at a relatively inconspicuous and dark area of space for 173,000 seconds of total exposure time, what was revealed amazed everyone, multitudes of galaxies yet unseen. When you have the time you will want to see this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAVjF_7ensg&noredirect=1 it will truly open your eyes to the sheer immensity of our universe.
“In a beginning God created the heavens and the earth”, that is to say the expanse of space composing the known universe with its multitudes upon multitudes of heavenly constellations (Galaxies), each of these composed of billions of stars, many of which are believed to be surrounded by untold trillions of satellites (i.e. planets), and amongst one of these small and possibly rather insignificant stars He placed or brought into existence the earth. How exactly he accomplished this feat that is the creation of the universe, whether with a “big bang” as some scientist purpose or in complete silence and order as is His known characteristic is unknown we have but the theories and opinions of men to guide us where the Scriptures are silent.
“The Big Bang Theory is the prevailing cosmological model for the early development of the Universe.”
“According to the standard theory, our universe sprang into existence as “singularity” around 13.7 billion years ago. What is a “singularity” and where does it come from? Well, to be honest, we don’t know for sure. Singularities are zones which defy our current understanding of physics. They are thought to exist at the core of “black holes.” Black holes are areas of intense gravitational pressure. The pressure is thought to be so intense that finite matter is actually squished into infinite density (a mathematical concept which truly boggles the mind). These zones of infinite density are called “singularities.” Our universe is thought to have begun as an infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense, something – a singularity. Where did it come from? We don’t know. Why did it appear? We don’t know.
After its initial appearance, it apparently inflated (wha-la, the “Big Bang“), expanded and cooled, going from very, very small and very, very hot, to the size and temperature of our current universe. It continues to expand and cool to this day and we are inside of it: incredible creatures living on a unique planet, circling a beautiful star clustered together with several hundred billion other stars in a galaxy soaring through the cosmos, all of which is inside of an expanding universe that began as an infinitesimal singularity which appeared out of nowhere for reasons unknown. This is the Big Bang theory.” (“Big Bang Theory- An Overview” http://big-bang-theory.com/)
The following is a quote from the opening of a book entitled “The God Particle” written by the Nobel Prize winner physicist Leon Lederman, the book itself is of no great importance to our study here as it simply deals with a case for building a Super Conducting-Super Collider, but the opening quote is very pointed.
“In the very beginning, there was a void, a curious form of vacuum, a nothingness containing no space, no time, no matter, no light, no sound. Yet the laws of nature were in place and this curious vacuum held potential. A story logically begins at the beginning, but this story is about the universe and unfortunately there are no data for the very beginnings–none, zero. We don’t know anything about the universe until it reaches the mature age of a billion of a trillionth of a second. That is, some very short time after creation in the big bang. When you read or hear anything about the birth of the universe, someone is making it up–we are in the realm of philosophy. Only God knows what happened at the very beginning.”
And thus we are not going to delve any further into discussing this theory or any other theory on the origins of the universe as these are readily discussed all over the internet and if anyone is curious they can take a look for themselves. As for ourselves we are content that it was the Work of God who created the universe that it was he “who stretched out the heavens like a curtain, and spread them out like a tent to dwell in.” (Isa 40:22), it was not the result of some hap-hazard accident or the by-product of a big bang. He is a God of order, not chaos; nothing takes place without his approval and direction.
In our next post we will take a look at some of the evidence which shows the care in which the Lord took in the placement and surroundings of the earth in our Galaxy.