Aristotle was the dominant thinker in Europe for over 1000 years. He said clearly the earth is permanent and has no beginning and no end. Christians learned from God that the earth has both a beginning and an end. The disagreement divided us from the non believers. In the recent 100 years, science has decided first that the universe had a beginning and more recently that it has an end. How should we see the big bang?
We could say to the non Christian scientists that we are glad they finally agree with us. For 2000 years, we Christians have been against the dominant thinkers of the day on creation. Now, they have come around to our way of thinking.
How Should We See the Big Bang and other Science Changes?
A concern is some theologians now posit that because the universe has and continues to evolve as does humanity, that therefore God must be evolving. This confuses the position of God in regard to the universe. God is clearly outside the time space continuum and not subject to it.
God is not part of the universe, He created it. He does not say if creation involved a big bang. We, as Christians, have no reason to say that he did not. God could certainly have created a world with the ability to run and change as the universe does. This does not require a change in how we view God’s character and ability.’
The Bible Has Lost Nothing
The Bible continues to amaze me. Nearly 2000 years after God finished it, the Bible speaks with as much wisdom and insight as it did at first. I cannot say that Colossians for instance is no longer relevant. It impacts me as much as it did the people who received it from the Apostle Paul. We do not need to evolve. The world changes but God’s character and our character have not changed or evolved at all.
The word efficiency does not exist in the Bible. That rather upset me when I realized that. I like efficiency. God and the Bible again and again show disdain for efficiency as I see it. Assuming the Big Bang occurred, even a long time period does not seems relevant to any need for change in how we see God. The oldest books in the Bible were written in an era that did not see time as we do. So, God did not constrain us. We can agree with the big bang and the inevitable end of the universe. However, God does not require us to. Scientists will continue to change what they say is true. Finally, we have no need to get bent out of shape. God will be shown to be right.