One of the most famous scientists of our modern times has sparked a discussion about the origins of the earth and the universe.
Brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking was interviewed recently about the "Big Bang," the theory that the universe exploded suddenly from a single point of origin billions of years ago.
"Nothing was around before the Big, Big Bang," Hawking said.
Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe, who is an astrophysicist and a "Big Bang" believer, tells OneNewsNow that Hawking and others run into real trouble with their "nothing" theory.
"They basically say not only is there a real time dimension associated with the universe but there's imaginary time," he says. "And with two dimensions of time you wouldn't have a boundary for the universe. So they say there's no boundary therefore they say there is no need for God."
And the nub of the problem with that belief, Ross continues, is that Hawking and others are "deifying the physics."
"They're attaching properties to the physics of the universe," says Ross, "that only God possesses."
Ross told The Christian Post, which also asked for his response to Hawking, that Hawking fails to follow the logic that the beginning of time requires a "Causal Agent capable of creating time independent of time."
The late astronomer Fred Hoyle coined the phrase "Big Bang" to mock a theory he rejected in favor of the "Steady State" theory that rejects the idea that the universe – and hence time – had a beginning.
The theory of a big bang can be traced back to a Belgian priest, Georges Lamaitre, who observed in the 1920s that the universe was expanding and other galaxies are moving away from our own.
Danny Faulkner of Answers in Genesis says mainstream scientists, even the really bright ones, have one fatal belief that keeps them from the truth: science can't answer faith questions and faith can't answer science questions.
"If you come to a question or a problem that has no physical answer, then what are you going to do?" Faulkner observes. "Well, if you stay consistent to that worldview, you'll make up something."
No matter how illogical or improbable the answer is, he says, the skeptic has ruled out the real answer.
So what is Faulkner's theory about what existed before the Big Bang?
"My theory of the beginning," he replies, "is that God made everything just like the Bible said He did."
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