Today, my blog explains controversies and theories, ignited by one of my readers. Please allow me to clarify I am not an astronomer, scientist, or a qualified professional of the world’s atmosphere; so, I wish only to suggest comments based on biblical evidence. My wife and I spent the better portion of this week doing extensive research on all the topics. We base our conclusions on Bible verses, and that which God spoke is the correct answer for Christians. You are certainly entitled to your own opinion, and we encourage you to say them freely at the bottom of our Blogging 2 Believers video, this website, or by email.
Let’s verbally discuss “Cosmology or God” on Blogging 2 Believers by clicking the following link –https://youtu.be/i0J7YRoer2A
My reader’s question was, “What is your stance on biblical cosmology?”
Honestly, I never heard of biblical cosmology until the reader raised the question last week. The basic meaning is to describe and explain the creation of the universe based on scriptural evidence; in particular, from the book of Genesis. At first glance, I found biblical cosmology very intriguing and thought-provoking. My first instinct is to describe every detail of this theory, but my blog would be ten pages long. So allow me to write just a summation.
Cosmology did not exist before 500 B.C., just mythology. As time passed, though, many scholars of the Bible, such as the Three Wise Men, composed passages about the stars, earth, and cosmic events. They were famous astronomers of their time who analyzed the universe consisted of a flat disc-shaped earth floating on water, heaven above, with an underworld below the earth.
However, God wrote the opening Book of Genesis describing the creation of His world called earth. Cosmology attempts to decipher the meaning behind each of His words. For example, on day one, Genesis 1:1, God wrote, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This seems simple enough, but biblical cosmology analyzes why the word heaven is in a plural form. Are they saying there must be more than one heaven or perhaps many layers of stars? In either case, God didn’t create the stars, moon, and sun until day four.
ANCIENT GREEK COSMOLOGY
As cosmology continues they review the 3rd century B.C. theory of the ancient Greeks who alleged the universe was eternal. The world didn’t begin from nothing alluding to the fact many gods created it. The problem with this belief was most of these theories conceptualized the gods who existed then were neither transcendent nor capable of creation. Unlike our God who is always and forever, not biological, these gods had lifespans, living and dying. This was unquestionably inconsistent with the Bible.
“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psalm 90:2).
PLATO’S COSMOLOGY IN 400 B.C.
The Greek philosopher, Plato, believed the world just came into existence. Along with the earth “just being,” water, fire, and air came into existence as a mathematical equation by a Higher source. So, God used a calculator to create the earth?
Based on Genesis 1, God simply used His creative powers to make the earth, which by the way, was originally a body of water.
2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)
As you will observe in the picture below, Dante had some strange features to the formation of the earth. His most peculiar was naming different types of purgatory. Each of his spheres was one of nine heavens. A soul was mounted to Paradise and hell was placed the farthest from God’s light. The Mount of Purgatory was placed on the underside of the world, and he believed it consisted of water. He implied sin came as orderly progress.
The Bible never mentions Purgatory. In fact, Jesus claimed there are only two options after this life. He bases the choice of heaven or hell on us following His words on earth.
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)
COSMOLOGY OF THE BIG BANG THEORY
In 1859, Charles Darwin introduced, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” publication, better known as the theory of evolution. Let me begin by saying scientists have never proven this model a fact and is instead ridicules in nature. Darwin’s concept is based on the universe beginning in a state of pure randomness. As time moves on, it produces natural processes or evolving organisms over long periods of time.
Once again I ask, how can something come from nothing? It takes blind faith to believe it, don’t you think? Scientists can’t explain how life started by natural processes alone nor is there any evidence to prove it. When we speak of man evolving from an ape, mutations of species are very harmful; in humans, the medical field classifies them as birth defects. Examples today of this is Down’s Syndrome and Sickle Cell Anemia. Scientists have never discovered fossil records to prove species are evolving to higher levels. So, how can the theory of evolution be possible if it cannot explain the origin of life?
Regarding the formation of the world, the Big Bang Theory alleges some twenty billion years ago all matter was packed into a microscopic egg or an atom’s basic particles. It assumes some earlier universe exploded and collapsed upon itself forming matter. But, where did these particles come from initially – there had to be a creator? This theory also believes the sun and stars developed long before the earth. Apparently, the Big Bang cannot go back to the very beginning of time and space.
I strongly suggest a Christian cannot believe in evolution, and God too, for the concept is against everything written in the Bible.
God created man and woman since the beginning of time:
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that [h]moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28)
Genealogical records of the Lord’s ancestry goes back to Adam, God’s first creation. This dates humans back to only a few thousand years before Christ. Though time varied from our current twenty-four-hours a day, I surely cannot justify the humanity being twenty billion years old. There are some two thousand years spanning today back to Jesus Christ and another two thousand years back to Abraham. There are only twenty generations between Abraham and Adam. How do scientists explain the earth being twenty billion years old?
Accordingly, the sun and stars were formed after the earth:
Need I say more about the Big Bang theory?
To answer the reader’s question above, my stance on biblical cosmology is I am a man blessed with the ability to write God’s messages. The Lord’s words are written in the Bible for everyone to read, comprehend, and follow. It is not open to interpretation. Today’s society is filled with atheists, and they are the people who attach themselves to such conspiracy theories. If we have to question the Bible, there is no faith. I believe God created the world with His mysterious power–one which science will never explain. Cosmology, as a whole, is against everything the Bible teaches us:
And when your eyes are lifted up to heaven, and you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the army of heaven, do not let yourselves be moved to give them worship, or become the servants of what the Lord has given equally to all peoples under heaven.
Let me clarify this Bible passage more by saying God doesn’t want us to stop learning about His world, but it is not acceptable to draw conclusions and influence others of such non-factual knowledge. The point is the origins of life, and the universe is outside the parameters of man’s conception. Cosmology is interesting but based on very few facts; therefore it can’t be classified as a legitimate science.
As a Christian, I hope to discover, one day, all of God’s mysteries of the universe. Until then, I choose to remain in faith that the Bible is accurate in God’s divine inspiration. We must live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). My beloved readers, it is up to you – cosmology or God?