The Bible Stands Alone
Why It must be the Inspired word of God
Society has held an unwarranted preconceived notion that you must choose between either science or the Bible.
Would it surprise you to hear that the Bible and the book of nature are allies rather than enemies?
Do you believe the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything? If you are a naturalist, that is the view point you are left with. Why? Because the established scientific data is heavily favoring, and continuing to support that the universe had a beginning in which space, time and matter all came into existence at a single event known as the big bang.
Because the universe did not always exist, it could not bring itself into existence, and that is the critical issue for those who speak of a reality that is purely materialistic.
Big names such as Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking both held a naturalistic word-view where all we have is the material world, and that we live in a static universe that has always existed.
What was discovered in the early 1900's was about to rock the scientific community forever.
Edwin Hubble, known for having the Hubble telescope named after him, was regarded as one of the most important astronomers of all time. Why? Because what he helped establish, via these large dome telescopes, was that our Milky Way galaxy was not alone, but rather there are are many, many more in the vastness of our universe.
Even more importantly, he observed that these galaxies were moving away from us, heavily hinting at the idea that we live in an expanding universe. And thus it must have a beginning in which it expanded from. This is known as "Red Shift". The light coming from the distant galaxies were redder in its hue, and this would not occur if the galaxies were stationary in relationship to us. It is in comparison to the sound of a train horn as its distance lengthens known as the "Doppler Effect". As the wavelength stretches out, the whistle will drop in pitch.
Hubble invites Einstein out to California in 1931 to see the evidence for himself through his telescope. This ultimately results in Einstein coming out to the media stating, "I now see the necessity of a beginning."
Einstein later admits that his cosmological constant, his little fudge factor, where he worked the mathematical calculations in his favor for there to be a static universe, was the greatest mistake of his scientific career.
Did you know that the Bible mentions in eleven places that the universe is expanding? Here are a couple:
"I have made the earth,
And created man on it.
I—My hands—stretched out the heavens,
And all their host I have commanded." (Isaiah 45:12).
"Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain" (Psalm 104:2).
Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross states, "Now that had a huge impact on me as a 17 year old, because I recognized that no scientists have even dreamed of the idea of an expanding universe until Elbert Einstein produced his theory of general relativity. And George Lemaitre and Edwin Hubble discovered that indeed observations show that the universe is expanding. For thousands of years the Bible stood alone as the only book of science, philosophy, or theology, that declared that we live in an expanding universe."
"...I was reading the Bible for the first time, at the same time that Physicist in Britain were developing the first of the space time theorems...This is the one that put Stephen Hawking(shown left in photo) to world-wide fame.
He and Roger Penrose(shown right in photo) back in 1970 published this theorem in which they were able to demonstrate based on only two conditions. If the universe contains mass, and we all are living proof that the universe contains mass...and if the equations of general relativity reliably describe the movements of bodies in the universe, then Hawking and Penrose proved that the universe has a beginning, that includes the beginning of space and time itself. As Hawking later boasted when he was interviewed for Readers Digest, "we proved that time was created". - Hugh Ross
"Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began" (Titus 1:1-2).
"...Hawking not only proved that time was created, he proved that the Bible, out of all the worlds "holy books", got it right.
What I found in the non-biblical religions of the world, they tell us that god or god's, or cosmic forces create within space and time, they eternally exist. As I mentioned earlier, that is what the great philosophers said. But the Bible stood alone and said no, space and time don't exist until God creates the universe. Now we have these space time theorems that actually prove that that indeed is correct." - Hugh Ross
One of the worlds most renown atheist Lawrence Krauss, in his book "A Universe from Nothing", writes, "we can no longer avoid a deistic interpretation of reality". This is a result of the space time theorems that forces us to conclude that there must be a God beyond space and time who created the universe.
"The battlefield in science today is not against the existence of God, but rather against the existence of a personal God." - Hugh Ross
Now that we have established that the universe must of had a beginning, it is fascinating to see what the first words of the Bible are:
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).
"What does the Bible mean by the heavens and the Earth? ...The Old Testament never uses the word universe... In Hebrew, the language in which the Old Testament is written, there is no word for universe. Instead they have this phrase, "the heavens and the Earth", with a definite articles. Shows up 9 times in the Old Testament, and always means the totality of physical reality. Not only all matter and energy, but even space and time itself." - Hugh Ross
So where does this leave us? We know that anything that begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist, therefore it has a cause. What kind of cause must this be to bring in space, time and matter? It logically follows that this cause must be space-less, timeless, and immaterial; a cause that can transcend all things that the universe is made up of.
What does the Bible say concerning the nature of God?
"'Can anyone hide himself in secret places,
So I shall not see him?' says the Lord;
'Do I not fill heaven and earth?' says the Lord" (Jeremiah 23:24).
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
"...who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen" (1 Timothy 6:16).
One famous philosopher Aristotle proposed the concept that there must be a prime mover, a primary cause. In other words, an uncaused cause.
It is logically incoherent for there to be an infinite regress of causes, as you never could land on any foundation for truth of why there is something rather than nothing.
What does the Bible say concerning the nature of God in this aspect?
"Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable" (Isaiah 40:28).
"Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God" (Psalm 90:2).
These are the characteristics of a being who is capable of transcending the universe, who could have the power to cause space, time and matter to come into existence at the beginning of time itself. Who Himself is uncaused, fulfilling the philosophical reasoning behind the necessity for there to be an uncaused cause.
"Researchers who believe in a personal Creator (and many do) thank their Maker for Earth's placement in one of the darkest regions of the universe. Not only are the quantities and locations of the various kinds of dark stuff exactly what advanced life needs, but because of Earth's dark cosmic location, the lights of the universe don't blind us or limit our view. Astronomers can see virtually all of the heavens' wonders, including the entirety of the cosmic history.
This visibility is possible because Earth resides in a very dark place. In fact, Earth's solar system resides in the darkest part of the Milky Way Galaxy's life-habitable zone. And the Milky Way resides in the darkest life-habitable region of its galaxy cluster, which occupies the darkest life-habitable region of its supercluster of galaxies." - Hugh Ross "Why the Universe Is the way It Is"
Because of these arrangements of placements, not only are we humans able to exist, but are able to observe the universe from the cosmic creation all the way through; to see that the Bible got it right out of all the worlds "holy books".
If there is a God, we would expect Him to be personal, because we as His creation are personal. Wouldn't He have reached out to us by now? Wouldn't His word be the most translated and read in the history of the world, full of predictive prophecies? Wouldn't His word align with what we find in nature? The Bible is that word.
The Bible stands alone.
"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries." - Robert Jastrow, astronomer