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The origin of the universe is usually avoided in evolutionary theory. However, if evolution is real, then the arrival of the cosmos cannot be ignored!
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This series investigates the theory of evolution, revealing that there is much more to the story than what is commonly taught. After laying a truthful foundation and building upon it, the reader will see that the theory collapses, and that the confusing series of explanations, definitions and suppositions supporting it are weak and shallow. Each part builds upon the previous, and the entire series should be read to grasp the fullest picture—and the vital implications that flow from its conclusions.
As we have seen, the theory of evolution comes in many flavors and forms. But all stories have a beginning, and evolution should be no different. It should be able to explain the beginning of the universe. This is the first step from which every evolutionary change must take place.
Evolutionists quickly state that the universe has nothing to do with evolution. It is dismissed as a different discipline of science.
You cannot jump up the evolution ladder without explaining its first rung. Evolution was supposed to have begun when gas was affected by some unknown catalyst and formed a more complex organized state, leading to life. Explaining this part of the process leaves evolutionists stumped. They are left with no choice but to dismiss cosmic evolution as not pertaining to evolutionary theory.
Readers should not settle for weak theories that pass themselves as fact. Investigate the facts! Use logic and determine the answer for yourself. When understood, there are only two possibilities.
The first option is that the universe began—appeared—at a specific point in time. The second is that the universe is eternal—it always existed. Each option requires some investigation.
Since one is unable to travel back in time, the universe’s age may seem impossible to determine. However, there are multiple ways for scientists to verify whether it had a beginning or has always existed. This is partly due to an amazing property of matter: decay! Everything, in one way or another, decays. If you clean your house, it will eventually become messy again. Even if the house was vacated, layers of dust would build up and its general state would decline. The human body also evidences this. Keeping oneself in shape requires work. Stop exercising or eating properly and health conditions will deteriorate much faster than one would desire. These examples are a broad application of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that the total entropy in any isolated thermodynamic systems tends to increase over time, approaching a maximum value. In laymen’s terms: When left alone, everything “burns” its usable energy, eventually reaching a point of no usable energy.
What does this have to do with proving the universe’s origin?
With the advent of the Atomic Age, beginning with Madame Curie’s discovery of radium in 1898, came the knowledge that all radioactive elements give off radiation. As Uranium decomposes, it releases a helium atom three times. When each is released, the element’s nature changes (the first helium atom released results in radium). While this process takes a tremendous amount of time, eventually the final product is the inert element of lead.
This means there was a point in time when the uranium could not have existed! Otherwise, we would only find lead today. Radioactive elements always break down in a highly systematic, controlled manner. This also means there was a specific moment when all radioactive elements came into existence. It is impossible for any of them—uranium, radium, thorium, radon, polonium, francium, protactinium and others—to have existed forever. Each element had a beginning.
This is the Second Law of Thermodynamics at work! As Henry Morris stated, “The Second Law requires the universe to have had a beginning” (Scientific Creationism). It represents absolute proof that the universe came into existence—in other words, the universe is not eternal! This much is obvious.
Therefore, we can ascertain that something—or someone—caused the universe to come into existence. The universe is the effect—but what is the cause? In other parts of this series, we have seen that every effect must be less than the cause. So, as vast as is our universe, something greater must have caused it. This is consistent with the scientific laws already discussed.
Such basic logic and laws of science are not lost on scientists. They understand that the universe had a beginning. To facilitate this, there needs to be what is often called the “first cause.” Ignoring the true first cause, other theories have been formulated to explain the origin of the universe. The most common is the “Big Bang” theory.
At its very core, the Big Bang theory states that a particular event caused the formation of matter, with our modern universe expanding from that initial singularity event. After this first cause, another theory takes over. The “inflationary model” (a theory attempting to explain how the universe “inflated” from microscopic to billions of light-years across) was created to explain how a single event caused the expansive universe that exists today. (While the Big Bang appears in tens of millions of text books, the process, details and conclusions are hotly contested, and scientists are far from agreement beyond the initial concept.)
Both the Big Bang and the inflationary model break basic laws of science. We have seen that energy is continually moving into a more chaotic state—with less usable energy (entropy)—not into larger, more complex and organized systems, such as the universe.
For the universe to form in that manner there would have to be a nearly unlimited amount of energy that started the Big Bang. This simple fact is usually ignored!
An even bigger problem is the First Law of Thermodynamics, often called the Law of Conservation of Energy. Memorized by high school students, it is a basic fundamental law of science. Essentially, it states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but can only change form. This flies in the face of the Big Bang theory!
If energy cannot be created, then an incredible amount of it cannot appear from nothingness. Evolutionists understand this problem. Often, focus is directed from how the universe began, to an explanation of how it grew. By burying the initial creation of matter as an irrelevant point, scientists have created a series of “smoke and mirrors,” which, as we have seen before, is often the best—and only way—to explain nearly every facet of evolution.
Many scientists, such as professor of physics Alan Guth, have also raised the issue of ignoring the universe’s origin: “First of all, I will say that at the purely technical level, inflation itself does not explain how the universe arose from nothing...Inflation itself takes a very small universe and produces from it a very big universe. But inflation by itself does not explain where that very small universe came from” (Fred, Heerren, Show Me God).
Further, a concluding statement by one of the greatest mathematical minds of the modern world, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, debunked the inflationary model: “The new inflationary model was a good attempt to explain why the universe is the way it is...In my personal opinion, the new inflationary model is now dead as a scientific theory, although a lot of people do not seem to have heard of its demise and are still writing papers on it as if it were viable” (A Brief History of Time).
Strong, clear statements!
However, like so many aspects of evolution, even when evidence demonstrates otherwise, it continues to be purported as fact.
So how did the universe come into existence? The First Law of Thermodynamics points to God’s eternal existence. Remember, this law defines that something could not come from nothing. Science has effectively proven that if there was not an eternal God-being to create the universe, there would have never been a universe!
Since something can never come from nothing, then a Creator had to always exist! Since a cause must be greater than the effect, an eternal Maker—an all-powerful God—had to exist! Unwittingly, science has proven God’s existence while at the same time debunking evolution!
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Louis Neel stated, “The progress of science, no matter how marvelous it appears to be...leads to dead ends and shows our final ineptitude at producing a rational explanation of the universe”—and, it should be added, any rational explanation for plants, animals and people.
Instead of looking for the truth of creation, science has chosen confusion, suppositions and deceit. Ignoring the evidence, evolutionists and others are forced to conjure illusions—and assumptions. Two more of which you should now be able to dispel.