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The Universe – How And When? 

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Stephen Hawkins, (now deceased) the theoretical physicist and cosmologist, and director of research at the University of Cambridge, and Leonard Mlodinow, physicist and screen writer, in their book “The Grand Design,” explored the questions: “When and how did the universe begin?” “Why are we here?” “Is the apparent grand design of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion-or does science offer another explanation?” Hawkins and Mlodinow come down on the side of science.


In their book “The Grand Design,” they argued that God isn’t necessary to explain the origins of the universe, that the “Big Bang” could be the consequences of physics alone. Of course, neither of these men can explain where matter and energy came from. Without matter and energy there is no physics. Hawkins and Mlodinow have the cart before the horse, so to speak, in that they have the laws of physics existing before there was any matter and energy.


A young skeptic said to an elderly lady: “I once believed in God, but since studying science I am convinced that God is but an empty word.” The lady replied: “Well, I have not studied science, but since you have, maybe you can tell me from whence came this egg.” “Why, of course from the hen” was the reply. “And where did the hen come from?” “Why, the egg.” “And perhaps,” said the lady, “You can tell me which existed first.” “The hen, of course,” rejoined the young man. “You mean that a hen existed without coming from an egg?” “Oh, no,” said the young man, “I should have said that the egg was first.” “Then you mean that an egg existed without having come from a hen?” The young man exclaimed: “You’ve got me all mixed up.” She drove home her point: “Young man, since you cannot explain the existence of even a hen or an egg, without God, you cannot expect me to believe that you can explain the existence of the whole world, without Hi,”


“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Hence, according to Heb. 11: 3, the universe did not evolve out of existing matter, but was made from nothing! The One who created it all is that benevolent Creator. Think on these things. 

Dennis Abernathy 

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