29 July 2001

POINTS OF ORIGINS: Outer Space and the Big Bang

by Dr. Glenn Jackson

Dr. Jackson,

I am a 20 year-old college student. I had a question for you and this may not be your area of expertise but I got to thinking about outer space, and I've always beleived that outer space goes on and on forever and heaven isnt really "up there" but in another dimension. However, here recently I read that the belief that outerspace goes on and on forever is NOT a Christian belief ... that GOD created outerspace and that it does have an end to it. We don't even know if there are any other planets out there besides the ones in our solar system, right? Anyway I just wanted to get your opinion on it and for you to tell me what you think. I would appreciate it. Sincerely,

Chuck in Maryville

Dear Chuck,

Most astronomers believe that the universe has some end to it. The farthest we can see from here is about 14 billion light years. Does this mean that the universe is 14 billion years old? Not at all. Dr. D. Russell Humphreys' White Hole Cosmology (a creationist theory) dates the whole universe right at about 6000 years old. Does the Bible say that space is infinite? No, but it doesn't say that it is not, either. I am not a theologian, but this doesn't look like an important issue in the creation-evolution debate. It appears that space is big, but not infinite. "He stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain." Isaiah 40:22

No one has ever seen a planet around another star outside our solar system. However, there is other evidence that they exist. What is strange is that evolutionists talk like finding them will somehow prove that Darwin was right. But, they also believe that the existence of life on earth proves they're right, too. Thanks for your questions. I hope my answers have been some help.

THE BIG BANG THEORY says that the amount of matter in the universe and the amount of antimatter in the universe should be the same. There's really hardly any antimatter. Big Bangers call this problem the Charge-Parity Violation. Look at how some people do science. When nature goes against their theory, they say that nature has made a "violation." This should tell you a lot. The 7/14/01 issue of Science News (page 20) carries the story of a new clue to what causes this "violation." There is also an old fudge-factor that can be used in the equations, to explain the violation. For the factor to be true, protons in the universe would have to decay. But, there is no evidence that protons ever decay. Let me give you another "violation" of the Big Bang theory. Not only is most of the antimatter in the universe "missing." About 90% of the matter is "missing" too, if the theory is true.

Of course, every theory has its problems. We haven't worked out everything in creation science either. Like Big Bangers and other evolutionists, we creationists keep looking for new discoveries that will help to answer some of our most difficult questions. What bothers me is that evolutionists I read about and talk to, usually think that anyone who doesn't seek the same answers they seek ... is not a real scientist. A new book, called Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction, throws creationists into the same category with astrologers, numerologists, and the people who thought there was a space ship in the tail of comet Hale-Bopp. Hmm. Keep thinking anyway. It's good for you.

Dr. Glenn Jackson holds four degrees in science and education from George Mason University and University of Virginia. He has taught elementary through college level sciences for over twenty years and in four states. He is a lifetime member of both American Mensa and the Creation Research Society.

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