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Science Continues to Reveal God

CALLED TO THE STARS
When Hugh was 7 years old, he asked his parents about the stars.  They suggested he read books on astronomy, so he went to his school library and read every book on physics and astronomy.  That same year, Hugh did the same in the children’s section of Vancouver’s Public Library!  At the age of 8, Hugh saved his money to buy a telescope and was stunned when he first peered through the lens to the heavens above.  “I had never seen anything so beautiful, so awesome,” says Hugh.  By the time he was 16, Hugh was convinced that some form of the Big Bang Theory provided the only explanation for the origin of life.  “If the universe arose out of a big bang, it must have had a beginning.  If it had a beginning, it must have a Beginner,” reasoned Hugh.  

From that point, Hugh never doubted God’s existence, but presumed the Beginner was distant and non-communicative.  His high school studies showed the peoples of the world taking their religions seriously, so Hugh looked for insight by reading the holy books of the world’s major religions.  “I figured if God was speaking through any of these books, then the communication would be noticeably different from what human beings write….but if humans invented religion, their message would contain errors,” he says.  In the first several holy books Hugh read, his initial hunch was confirmed: the statements were at odds with established history and science, that is, until he picked up the Bible.  “It was simple, direct and specific.  I was amazed with the quantity of historical data and scientific references and with the detail in them,” says Hugh.  It took Hugh 18 months to read the entire Bible to test the accuracy of all of its statements on science, geography and history, but afterwards, he found no single provable error or contradiction.  “I was now convinced that the Bible was supernaturally accurate and thus supernaturally inspired,” he says.  As a final exercise, young Hugh mathematically determined that the Bible was more reliable by far than some laws of physics.  One calculation showed less than one chance in 10138 that the chance fulfillment of 13 specific Bible predictions could come true without supernatural intervention!  He also derived a similar conclusion based on the many instances in which the Bible accurately forecasted future scientific discoveries.

THE COSMIC OVEN
In April 1992, a team of astrophysicists reported the latest findings from the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite revealing confirmation of the hot big bang creation event. Even Stephen Hawking claimed, “It is the discovery of the century, if not of all time.” The hot big bang model says that the entire physical universe – all matter and energy and the four dimensions of time and space – burst forth from a state of infinite, or near infinite, density, temperature and pressure.  Before the latest finding, astrophysicists knew a great deal about how the universe began but were missing one small but important component.  The satellite was designed to specifically find this missing part, namely the explanation for how galaxies form out of a big bang.  Astronomers know that the universe’s beginning and development resembled a hot kitchen oven.  When an oven door is opened, trapped heat inside escapes.  Dissipation of the oven’s heat takes place as the heat expands outward from the oven.  Radiant energy confined to a few cubic feet now spreads throughout the kitchen.  The oven cavity eventually cools down to the temperature of the room, which is now a little warmer than it was before.  With the COBE satellite, initial data showed cosmic microwave background radiation temperatures to be very low and smooth and detected no irregularities in the temperature larger than one part in 10,000.  This finding convinced astronomers that the universe must have had an extremely hot beginning about 15 billion years ago (see Figure 4.4 page 41)!  Much like the kitchen oven analogy, the only possible conclusion is that the heat flow from the oven cavity to the room totally dominated the room’s normal temperature-disturbing air flows.  Such dominance implies that the original temperature of the oven cavity must have been much greater than the room’s temperature and scientists conclude that considerable time had passed since the opening of the oven door.  (Figure 6.2 page 67). Subsequent COBE discoveries and other mounting scientific evidence have allowed astrophysicists to conclude that all measurements are strikingly consistent with a big bang creation event.

In an Astrophysical Journal article, astronomers tell us that from now on the universe will expand faster and faster.  This accelerating expansion implies that more objects in the universe will eventually disappear from our view and that they will be beyond the theoretical limits of any existing or possible telescopes.  “Astronomers will have less and less of the universe to look at and enjoy,” says Hugh.  “This shows that God created humanity at the precise moment in history when we would have the optimal view of His vast and wondrous creation.  Now is the best time to be an astronomer.  Now the heavens declare more loudly than ever the glory and righteousness of God.”  

With the help of various imaging devices including Hubble Space Telescopes, astronomers have a photo history of the universe that covers the past 13 billion years (Figure 4.5 page 43).  These images testify that the universe is anything but static, expanding from a tiny volume and changed according to a predictable pattern as it grew – a big bang pattern.  “A picture is still worth a thousand words, perhaps more,” says Hugh.

FINDING GOD
Hugh founded Reasons to Believe in 1986 to bring the scientific evidence for Christianity to light.  Hugh leads a team of scholars who keep tabs on the frontiers of scientific research with the goal of demonstrating that sound reason and scientific discoveries support -- rather than erode -- confidence in the God of the Bible.  He says his book, The Creator and the Cosmos, has been the book that has brought more people to faith in Jesus Christ than any of his other books.   

Some of the verses in the Bible that teach about God’s extradimensional capacities include:
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth
2 Timothy 1:9 This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time….
Titus 1:2 ….in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time
John 17:24 …You loved me before the creation of the world
Ephesians 1:4 For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world
1 Peter 1:20 He was chosen before the creation of the world
Hebrews 11:3 By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible

 

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Best-selling Author, revised The Creator and the Cosmos, RTB Press

Founder/President, Reasons to Believe, an interdenominational, international ministry that communicates the basis for belief in the Bible as the true Word of God

Minister of Apologetics at Sierra Madre Congregational Church

Host of weekly broadcast TV program, Reasons to Believe, TBN

BS, Physics, University of British Columbia

MS & Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Toronto

Married to Kathy, 2 sons

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