Rethinking What’s Possible

The Bible is based on the supernatural. It says “the Lord God [is] omnipotent [all-powerful]” (Rev. 19:16), and that “there is nothing too hard for [Him]” (Jer. 32:17). “[He] canst do every thing” (Job. 42:2), and “He ruleth by His power for ever” (Ps. 66:7). “[He] only hath immortality, dwelling in light in which no man can approach unto; to whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting.” (I Tim. 6:16) I know what atheists would say about this. “It’s impossible for power to last forever!” They think God would have to eventually run out of power the way that a battery does. They can’t accept that His power is beyond the natural. And because they want a natural explanation for God’s power, I’ll play by their rules. The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. That right there is a natural explanation for power/energy lasting forever.

Heat and light are examples of everlasting energy. Neither truly disappears. They just relocate. Rather than destroying heat, refrigerators and air conditioners move it elsewhere. Light seems to vanish the moment you blow out a candle or turn off a light bulb, but it doesn’t. Light travels at a speed that’s fast enough to circle the Globe seven times in under a second, so of course we can’t see that it’s relocating instead of disappearing. At the amazing speed of 186,282 miles (299,792 km.) per second, it still takes light from the sun a little more than eight minutes to reach Earth. If the sun suddenly quit burning we would still have light for the next eight minutes. When the last of the sun’s light left Earth, Mars would still have light for a time. And when this light left Mars, it would continue its journey through our solar system until it scattered (not disappeared) so much it couldn’t be seen anywhere at all. Energy will always exist, and even though it can’t be forever useful in the physical world, God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and isn’t subject to the laws of physics.

One day there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth for the righteous to enjoy for eternity (Rev. 21:1). A new Jerusalem also (21:2) that will have “no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it, for the glory of God [will] lighten it…” (21:23). It has already been established that light is forever, so everlasting light doesn’t violate the laws of the natural, much less the supernatural. Being outside the physical world, God can control where light stays and goes. The real problem for atheists is how God could have no beginning or end. “It’s not possible,” they say. Yet even they have to admit that energy has no beginning or end. Creationists can’t explain where God came from, but neither can atheists explain where energy came from. Whether you acknowledge God or not, everything in existence is a mystery that’s beyond our limited knowledge. It’s an undeniable fact that energy, which is another word for power, has always existed in some form. Creationists and atheists agree that power is eternal. What they disagree on is whether or not God is this power that was not created and will never be destroyed.

Something else creationists and atheists agree on is that unlike energy, the universe had a beginning. Our sun and the rest of the stars in the universe couldn’t have always been as they are for the same reason a bonfire couldn’t have always been burning. Stars have a limited supply of fuel that will eventually be used up, albeit billions of years from now. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth.” Atheists say the beginning started with an explosion called the big bang. The universe is expanding, and they say all of its matter is moving away from the spot where the big bang occurred. (Besides there being limited fuel for stars, the expanding universe is another reason it couldn’t have always existed. The farther back in time you go, the closer everything is together. At some point in the past, the universe had to have had a beginning.)

There are competing theories for the origin of the big bang. The most scientifically ignorant of them is that absolutely nothing existed before the big bang. How nothing creating something out of nothing is more believable than God creating something out of nothing, I do not know. A similar theory is that energy already in existence one day spontaneously turned into matter. There’s actually some science to partially support this. The scientific equation E=MC(squared) states that energy and matter can be converted from one form to the other. The problem with applying this principle to the big bang is it’s a scientific absurdity for energy that has always existed to one day change form without reason, cause and intelligence. It would be far more reasonable to assume God is the energy that brought matter into existence.

One other theory for the big bang is that big bangs always have and always will be occurring. It proposes that all of the universe’s matter will eventually come back together in a “big crunch” before exploding again in another big bang. It can’t be argued that gravity is slowing down the expansion of the universe to do this because the expansion isn’t slowing. It’s continually getting faster. A big crunch could only occur if space is curved. According to this theory, objects traveling through space in one direction will eventually go back to where they came from. To make this concept easier to grasp, think of several airplanes flying away from the North Pole in different directions. They are getting farther apart for only so long, and then they get closer together until they meet at the South Pole. Assuming something like this is happening in the universe, an infinite number of big bangs are still impossible. Once the fuel for stars is used up, it can’t be used again. While the First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy can’t be destroyed, the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that some useful energy is always lost when converting from one form to another. This leaves one remaining big bang scenario. That all matter has been forever traveling through space until coming together to spark the one and only big bang. But if so, why did the big bang happen when it did? Why not trillions or quadrillions of years ago? Matter has had eternity to do something with itself.

The universe had an initial beginning, it will have a final end, and there’s no natural explanation for how it came to be. All secular theories given for its origin contradict science and are themselves supernatural. If the laws of physics allowed the universe to eternally exist as it is, there could be a natural explanation for it. But there is no natural reason for whatever existed before the universe to at one particular moment set things in motion. Regardless of how long it takes to start things, there was more than enough time to do so before the universe began when it did. There has always been enough time, going back forever into the past. It doesn’t make sense, unless time began with God’s creation. And the Bible does say time had a beginning (II Tim. 1:9). God is the “Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, which is, which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8). Our finite minds will never know how this is possible. Only God knows all. He “is perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:16), and “His understanding is infinite” (Ps. 147:5). Even though our understanding is limited, we should still be able to recognize the work of a Creator. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.” (Ps. 19:1)