Creation vs. Evolution - Big Bang Theory

By Jerry Price
Nov 1, 2005

“At the beginning of time, all the space, matter, and time of the universe was compressed into infinite or near-infinite density (compactness). It began to expand from there. Very early in its expansion, energy in the form of very high-energy gamma radiation condensed into subatomic particles, most of which collided again to produce gamma rays. As the expansion continued, however, the gamma rays became stretched. Once stretched so far, they lacked the energy necessary to produce more subatomic particles. But the density and temperature for a time was high enough to fuse heavy particles together to produce atomic nuclei. This continued until the expansion had dropped temperatures and pressures below what was needed for fusion.

“During this entire period, the universe’s particles were so close together that light could not travel very far before it bounced off them. Not until the expansion separated the particles far enough could the light become free to travel through the universe. Traveling in every direction because of earlier collisions, the light moved ever afterward, going in all directions into space. Billions of years of expansion since this event stretches the original gamma radiation into microwaves. Evidence of such a beginning of the universe would be found: (1) in the large ratio of particles of light to particles of matter, (2) in light elements in abundances inversely proportional to their mass, and (3) in microwave radiation coming in uniformly in all directions. Because each of these expectations is known to be true of our universe, the Big-Bang theory is well evidenced. Because the microwave radiation was a prediction of the theory even before it was possible to detect such radiation, the Big Bang theory is even more powerfully supported … ‘Is the Big Bang true biblically?’ It cannot be true for the following reasons:

  • According to Scripture, the universe is only about six thousand years old; the Big-Bang theory requires it to be billions of years old. (Exodus 20:11 – ‘For the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days.’)
  • Subatomic particles, the elements, and many of the compounds of the universe were created in a single day of Creation Week; the Big-Bang theory has these things developing over billions of years.
  • The Big Bang assumes that the matter of the universe is uniformly distributed. That something is wrong with the Big Bang theory is evidenced by the fact that the microwave radiation has actually been found to be too uniform – more uniform than the distribution of matter in the universe.
  • The Big-Bang theories include the unboundedness of the universe and its uniform distribution of matter. The universe must have no boundary. Yet Scripture seems to infer that there is a boundary to the universe. On the fourth day of Creation Week, God placed the sun, moon, and stars within the firmament (space, or expanse) of the heavens (Genesis 1:14-18). Two days earlier He had placed this firmament in order to separate ‘the waters above’ from the waters below the expanse (Genesis 1:6-8). There are many different explanations of just what is being referred to by ‘the waters above.’ When the passage is carefully considered, there is a strong suggestion that all the bodies of the universe are bounded above by ‘waters above.’ If so, the universe is bounded, and this basic assumption of the Big Bang is invalid.”

Adapted from Kurt P. Wise and Sheila A. Richardson, Something From Nothing (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2004), 51-53.

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15 Comments

1 On Jan 7, 2009, at 11:27pm, tim wrote:

The Big Bang Theory is a huge lie.  Yes God did create this world in six days and he rested on the 7th.  There shouldnt be any questions about God.  If the BIBLE says it then its true.  Its just that simple the, if the BIBLE didnt say it then its not true.

2 On Jan 8, 2009, at 8:39pm, Bruce wrote:

Tim,

Part 1:
It’s important to clarify what you mean in your writing. “If the BIBLE didnt say it then its not true”? So, vaccines are not true? Automobiles are not true? Of course, that can’t be what you meant with your statement. So, what did you mean?

“If the BIBLE says it then its true.” What is true about all the bad advice Job’s friends gave him? Isaiah 11:12b states, “He will collect the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” What does “four corners” mean in that verse? It’s too simplistic to say, “it’s true” without knowing what it’s actually saying. I believe that statement is true, but that statement is teaching us about God’s providence, not the shape of the earth.

It’s true that the Hebrew word for day (yom) can mean a 24-hour day. But, it is also true that yom can mean a longer period of time. So, how do you know which true definition the Bible intends with Genesis 1?

3 On Jan 8, 2009, at 8:46pm, Bruce wrote:

Tim,

Part 2:
Remeber, you are probably not reading the original Hebrew; you’re probably reading a translation, which means you’re reading someone else’s interpretation. Christians translate Isaiah 7:14 with the word “virgin.” But Jews translate it with “young girl.” The Hebrew word there, usually means young girl. But, Christian translators have interpreted it to mean virgin because of its relationship to Jesus.

And if “there shouldnt be any questions about God,” why does the Bible spend so much time telling us about the character of God? Why not just give us the facts and tell us to accept them? The truth is that God wants us to know him and seek him.

I’d greatly recommend John Piper’s sermon, “Why God Inspired Hard Texts.” The sermon does not deal with Gen 1 or the big bang, but deals with the good that comes from God not making everything easy to understand.

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByDate/1999/1074_Why_God_Inspired_Hard_Texts/

4 On Jan 8, 2009, at 9:43pm, James E. Reeves wrote:

I admonish everyone to define the word “Theory” and step away from accepting papers of chosen intelectual thinkers as fact. It is opinions of great faith not fact, because The Big Bang requires belief that our whole solar system came from a speck of energy no bigger than the end of a pin. Now that should take more blind faith than our Federal Justice System has in Themis which is enshrined at Montgomery Alabama.
A lot of answers to the orign question has been explained in Theology.
I know one thing about time and our hope. A.D. means The Year Of our Lord Jesus Christ is for “whosoever will believe on Jesus” now and has been conditioned accordingly for 2009 years or so.

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5 On Jan 31, 2009, at 3:58am, lindy wrote:

im doing a science fair on the big bang and im wondering if its a good idea to make up a new thoery of it… like god created the world but by 6 days the bible meant 6 billion years, i mean that theres so much proof of the bible but so little of the big bang. people used to believe that the world was flat and there was water on the moon before they really saw it, my poin is that non christains wont believe in creation and christains will. does anyone have and ideas or suggesions? please post them it you do i’ll check soon

6 On Feb 5, 2009, at 1:09am, James E Reeves wrote:

Lindy, The one example of power changing the earth in a short time period and some resulting fossilizing would be Mount Saint Hellen explosive power. These changes in our lifetime are being studied today and the results of some are on the WEB.
I hope this helps!
see(apoloigetics.com) may be right?

Your brother,
James

7 On Feb 8, 2009, at 6:55am, Billy wrote:

Someone wrote about how Dinosaurs and humans could not have existed together.  There is an excellant organization which deals with Dinosaurs and the Bible called answersingenesis.org and there is a book and DVD by a Ken Ham.  I have shown this to my youth group and they were amazed.  It is very eye-opening.

8 On Mar 26, 2009, at 6:29pm, kc wrote:

ok, look, im 16 and im not sure about alot of things in this word but the creation and the revolations are not one of them. i dont have proof tha i can show you but i have the strongest feeling about this that it has to be right. geologist have proven the earth is over 6000 yrs old so i believe that. God created this world so that confirms this. that is, God is a very subtle worker. if you havnt noticed this then slow down and look. God is also out side of time. so He isnt affected by it.

9 On Mar 26, 2009, at 6:43pm, kc wrote:

also when God stepped out of heaven and started forging the univers, there was probably some sort of bang. and as for the whole human from monkey thing, its the stupidest thing ive ever heard. sorry if i offended someone there but come on. if i was given the choice of accepting where we came from, i would could choose creation over coming from filthy chimpz. but we have evolved. but not from another species. our mouths used to have room for wisdom teeth but we have evolved to not need them. and we probably were hairier. so long jawed hairy humans to now is what i picture.

10 On Mar 26, 2009, at 6:57pm, kc wrote:

the creation is very clear but satan fogs things up by making people who thik that its TOO clear to be real. its like an open note test and you have all your notes in order but satan knocked your binder off the desk and your notes went everywhere. you scoop up the paprs quickly but during the test you realize they all jumbled up & you cant find the answers. so you start 2nd guessing yourself. you turn the test in then sit down and realize you could have just took alittle time to get things straight before you started guessing. but too late, youve turned the test in and failed it. you go to hell. and all b/c you didnt think things through. shame.

11 On Apr 8, 2009, at 6:36pm, Chad wrote:

First: I am a strong Christian. Though I am not perfect and fall short of what God wants, I do my best to let Christ be my Lord and to let God’s word dictate my life.

Second: I so very much enjoy this topic because I find it humorous that Christians are looked down upon for having too much faith in things unseen. I would understand this standpoint if the critics did not also.

The Big Band theory was not witnessed and it was not recorded because no one was there. (On a side note; the life and death and re-life of Jesus Christ was witnessed, and was recorded because there were lots of people there.) The Big Bang theory is derived from the study of the Universe and how it moves….

Bobbie: “Hey Frank, I’ve been watching these stars and planets for years now, and they seem to be moving from central location!”

Frank: “Well lookie there! What could that mean?”

Bobbie: “See “Creation vs. Evolution - Big Bang THEORY” by Jerry Price”

Frank: “Well lookie there.”

12 On Apr 8, 2009, at 6:43pm, Chad wrote:

It almost is as ridiculous as having faith in a Higher Being, eh? Tell you what, I have my “Theory” and so do you, but you do not act like you can prove your theory more so than mine. Question. How can life be formed from a collection of particles? How could these collections of particles transform from single cell organisms into complex structures such as fish? Then how could these fish decide “Hey, you know what? I’m going to stop breathing through these gills and develop the ability to breathe outside of the water. And hey! I’ll walk too!” And then these kind of scary fish then turn into I suppose dinosaurs. Then raptors developed feathers and turned into birds. And then the lizard-fish-birds turned into weird apes. Then the apes stood and developed tools and slowly made fire and steam boats. Oh man…. I think I just convinced myself….

13 On Apr 8, 2009, at 8:41pm, Chad wrote:

P.S. Bruce, Just because it’s not in the Bible doesn’t mean it’s not real. Those things came after the time that it was written. The issue that Tim is discussing is the conflict between our view and yours. We view creation as fact. The Bible says that. Your view (if it lacks the fact that God said “GO!”) conflicts with that. That is what Tim was saying, Bruce

http://www.blueletterbible.org/
Read up. It can only expand your knowledge of the topic.

14 On Apr 15, 2009, at 1:56am, Bruce wrote:

Chad: 

I know vaccines came after the Bible. I was showing that Tim’s words, “if the BIBLE didnt say it then its not true” are nonsense if his words are taken literally. Of course, he didn’t mean them literally, and that’s my point. Why demand the Bible be 100% literal when we don’t expect any other nontechnical books to be 100% literal?

In Rev 5:6, John wrote he “saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain…” (NIV). Do you think in heaven Jesus will literally look as a slaughtered lamb? Is the whore in Rev 17 a literal woman?

You don’t need to think Gen 1 is not literal to accept the Big Bang. The Hebrew word for “day” can literally mean a long time, so there’s nothing non-literal about seeing the days as long times.

In the Big Bang, the universe began with an explosion of material that was infinitely dense and infinitely massive. Yet, the Big Bang does not explain where the matter/energy came from. There is zero reason why God has to be excluded from the Big Bang.

15 On Apr 15, 2009, at 11:57am, kizito scofield wrote:

i love your effort for the contribution to the bang theory of evolution the world is now in a great proccess of positive evolution, a high breed form of human has develop as a result of random mating betwween human with a seven metre wide hand and with high intelligence icue the process took 200yrs of study

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