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Science and religion are often seen to be complete opposites by many people, religious and non-religious people alike.
Two of the most common ideas in religion and science that seem to be contrary to one another are the ideas of divine creation and the Big Bang Theory.
Without a doubt, the controversy is very real and completely understandable. The Big Bang Theory is simply the idea that the universe originated billions of years ago from the cataclysmic explosion of a small volume of matter.
Creation, on the other hand, is the idea that a great deity designed the universe and potentially is so powerful that the Bible says He merely spoke the universe into existence.
These two ideas are seen to be absolute contradictions and impossible to coincide. Many religious people reject the big bang theory as irrational as well as an insult to God. Non-religious people discount creation declaring that it is completely unscientific and that the big bang theory explains it well enough leaving no need for a creator.
Yet I, personally, believe that the two perfectly coexist. Over the course of the rest of this article, I will explain to you why I consider both creation and the big bang theory to be true.
To explain this, I will unpack the origins of the big bang theory. The man who theorized the big bang theory, George Lemaître, was an astronomer and professor of physics at a university in Belgium in the 1920s. In addition, he was a Catholic priest.
Quite strange when you consider the fact of how many people see the big bang and creation to be absolute contradictions. Obviously, the theorist himself did not see it to be so if he was serving in the clergy.
The fact is that while Lemaître attributed the cause of the big bang to God, it has been distorted over time and the cause has been attributed to matter or nothingness.
There are various reasons why these two ideas coincide. Let’s examine the specifics of the Big Bang Theory.
The Big Bang theory states that the universe had a beginning. Not only that, it states that before the big bang occurred there was no time, space, matter, or energy.
Then suddenly, within a single moment, all of these things came in to existence. Therefore, whatever caused the big bang had to have been outside time, space, matter, and energy.
Oddly enough, these are some of God’s attributes described in scripture. The cause of the universe had to have been God, not a mere particle.
The fact is that it is near impossible for any sort of matter or particles to have so instantaneously risen in temperature to cause such an event.
The oxford professor, Roger Penrose, calculated the probability of this happening, and his conclusion was that it is more likely for someone to roll the same number on a di a trillion times in a row than for the Big Bang Theory to have happened by chance.
Therefore, it would be far more logical to attribute the cause of the big bang to God rather than mere particles.
This is what George Lemaître believed as well. The Big Bang Theory was meant to be a scientific explanation for creation. Many people today, who don’t believe in God, submit to the Big Bang Theory, and the man who theorized it saw the jump between that and belief in God as non-existent.
In 1927, Lemaître presented his theory at a conference in Brussels to some of the greatest scientific minds alive at the time. At the very end, many of the brilliant people that were present gave him a standing ovation. His theory quickly spread throughout the world as newspapers covered the conference, and professors took the theory back to their universities.
After Lemaître’s lecture, Einstein, who was present at the conference, declared: “This is the most beautiful and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I have ever listened.”