What’s the problem with ‘big bang’ theory?

I have heard some well-respected Christian leaders say that God started everything with a big bang.  What is the problem with saying that? 

Unfortunately, the big bang theory is gaining widespread acceptance thanks to the efforts of some Christian celebrities who have decided that this is a way to capitulate evolution.  This is especially sad and ironic since, of all areas of the evolution, this is the least scientific but is accepted by Christians solely because they believe science supports it!  For the church today, accepting the failed theory of the big bang has become a very serious, dangerous and, in my opinion, embarrassing problem.  Because of the credibility it has gained I want to refute this as strongly as possible.  In doing so, please understand the spirit in which I do this.  I am appealing to Christians to turn away from following the words of men and return to the foundation of the word of God.  Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

Regrettably, like the church leaders of Galileo’s day, some in the church today feel compelled to stand firmly behind the scientific establishment of the day rather than having the fortitude to stand on the word of God.  Astronomers are telling us that the universe began when all matter and energy were concentrated in one spot.  The theory is that this primeval atom (source unknown) somehow exploded (reason unknown) eventually developing a complex and orderly planetary system.

So the reasoning certainly begins honestly enough with the Christian today.  Since we know God created the universe instantaneously it seems to make sense that this instant beginning was a “big bang.”  That is perhaps the only logic involved in accepting this ridiculous fairy tale.  To accept the words of astronomers and add them to the Bible is an abomination.  Revelation 22:18 warns us against adding to the word of God: “If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”  Surrendering to evolution by accepting the big bang is simply reinterpreting the Bible to accommodate the whims of the softest of all sciences—astronomy.  What will happen when, as many astronomers are doing today, they give up on the big bang?   Christian leaders will have to go back and reinterpret their reinterpretations of the Bible.  It is simply an embarrassment to Scriptural Christianity for any Christian, and especially leaders, to embrace the big bang because they are baffled by the brilliance of the astronomers today.  The concepts of evolutionary cosmogony are based entirely on mathematics and philosophy and not experiments and observation.

What is especially sad is that the big bang theory was developed as a philosophical alternative to the supernatural to accommodate naturalistic evolution.  Yet, Christians, and inexcusably, Christian leaders have taken it and adopted it as their own.  This reminds me of the story of Uzza in the 1 Chronicles 13.  David sent for the ark.  Instead of consulting God’s word he transported the ark on a cart.  God’s word said for the Levites to carry it on poles.  Uzza paid the price: “Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.  And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.” Likewise, Christian leaders today are using the big bang to transport the gospel.  Instead of God’s anger burning against Uzza are we to expect His anger to burn against the U.S.A. under such leadership?

I realize I have come down hard on this issue but its time we called sin sin.  Just because we don’t understand something in science doesn’t mean that we need to change what the Bible says.  This is exactly what happened in Darwin’s day.  Many Christian leaders of the time capitulated to evolution because they did not understand it and believed it to be science.  Many Christian leaders today have recognized the absurdity of evolution and rejected it but have still swallowed the lie of the big bang because it is something they do not understand.  I think it would be wise to take the advise of someone who lived and preached in the middle of the controversy in Darwin’s day but nevertheless stood firmly on the word of God—Charles Spurgeon.  He said, “We are invited, brethren, most earnestly to go away from the old-fashioned belief of our forefathers because of the supposed discoveries or science.  What is science?  The method by which man tries to conceal his ignorance.  It should not be so, but so it is.”

I realize that I have not made a case against the big bang but have focused on the spiritual indigestion caused by Christians swallowing the big bang lie.  Please read next week when I demonstrate the failings in logic and science that the big bang theory creates.

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