MemberJuly 30, 2021 at 9:32 am
In the Biblical Worldview Class last night, @dr_rickett explained that the second proposition of a theistic Christian worldview is that…
God created the cosmos ex nihilo to operate with a uniformity of cause and effect in an open system.
This reminds us of a documentary that we have been watching recently on AnswersTV (if you don’t subscribe to this, check it out; it’s a really great resource) called Universe Battles: Big Bang or Big Design? The producers interview some well-known and very highly-qualified creation scientists who go into great detail to explain that the universe could only be supernaturally created by God. They show how science supports the Biblical Creationist worldview; because if you don’t accept the Biblical model of Creation, then you’re faced with a dilemma in which you are forced to break the fundamental laws of physics. As Christians, we believe that the universe was supernaturally created by God. Rejecting that idea only leaves a person with two other options:
- The universe came into existence without a Creator. But this breaks the first law of thermodynamics, which says that energy cannot be created or destroyed. This means that you can’t get something from nothing.
- The universe is eternal, and has always existed. But this breaks the second law of thermodynamics, which teaches us that although energy is conserved, the amount of usable energy is running out. For example, Dr. Rickett brings two or three cups of hot coffee to class on Thursday nights. But by break time an hour later, all of his cups of coffee are cold. All things wear out and decay. So if the universe had been created eternally long ago, then it would have burned out eternally long ago – which means that nobody would even be here reading this right now.
In summary, you can’t have a universe without a supernatural Creator because it breaks the first law of thermodynamics, but you can’t have a universe that has always existed because that breaks the second law of thermodynamics. And the laws of thermodynamics are foundational in physics. Therefore, the only option that makes logical sense (and God created the laws of logic, too) and agrees with all the laws of physics, and – most importantly – believes by faith what God has said in His Word, is that the universe was supernaturally created by God.
We’re only on Proposition 2 of 8 so far, so maybe anyone else here on HFS that is still interested can beg Dr. Rickett to let you in. 😊
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).