did the universe come from?
1) the credentials of Moses
do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with
sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
have a foundational belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by
men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily."
What does the Bible say?
The Bible claims
God created the universe. From there, the Bible goes on in fair detail
to describe the order of events of the earth's creation and life thereon.
Moses' account touches on what is today galactic astronomy, geology, biology,
genetics, and anthropology.
Thanks to the most recent
advances like computers and space telescopes, modern science now paints
a different picture of those respective sciences than it did even thirty
years ago. So just
as everyone would agree that more is known about the universe today than
ever before, it is even more easily agreed upon that, by comparison, very
little was known about the universe in Moses' time.
Consequently, if Moses'
account of cosmic origins is found to parallel today's scientific beliefs,
then it suggests something significant. Moses' accuracy is either
a. A tremendous insult
to the last several thousand years of scientific research and discovery,
b. A tremendous endorsement
for the believability of the Bible.
Strong and consistent
parallels within the biblical writings to modern science do exist, as will
be shown. Those parallels between today's scientific beliefs and the
biblical account of the universe, man, and earth are collectively a very
compelling reason to believe that the knowledge within the biblical writings
must have originated from somewhere other than the ancients who wrote them.
The authors' claim their
information came from God. If that is indeed where the information came
from, that would satisfactorily account for the authors' own ignorance of
advanced science. But while the authors cite God as their source, might
they have actually gotten their information from somewhere other than God?
Where did Moses' beliefs come from?
There are ancient cultures
other than Israel that had beliefs in some kind of creation or creator god.
(The fact that other cultures possess creation stories is completely in
line with historic Judeo-Christian beliefs, as previously discussed here;
another confirmation of the believability of the Bible.) Though some of
the non-biblical accounts pre-date Moses' writings, those accounts do not
contain the same elements found within Moses' writings.
Those who believe Moses
did not get his information from God generally surmise that he assembled
portions of ideas from pre-existing cultures and then added material of
his own to make it all seem to fit together. If this is how the Genesis
account came about, then its piece-meal construction should not even come
close to reflecting the relatively coherent perspective of modern science.
But if Moses' account came from the Creator himself as Moses claimed,
it should then be the most accurate of all ancient accounts, including any
that pre-date it.
The key to deciding
the most likely origin for Moses' account of the beginnings of the universe,
the planet, and humanity is to look for the degree of parallels between
the Bible and the most trusted scientific observations.
The magnitude of parallels
that exist between the two is best appreciated by first looking at the secular
account of the beginning of the universe and then comparing it with the
biblical account. The following chapter on the origin of the earth will
offer an even greater comparison of science with Scripture as the Bible
offers greater detail on the formation of our planet than the formation
of anything else. Following this will then be additional chapters that compare
secular and biblical views on the origins of man
and of life.
NEXT: PART TWO - The secular scenario...
cosmological argument for God
What is chance?
Links to Intelligent
Design and Creation Science websites