Do you remember learning in science class that matter is neither created nor destroyed? I remember learning that and disagreeing. It just didn’t make sense. It seemed to me that fire destroyed a lot of matter, like all the wood I placed in my grandfather’s fireplace or the tests I burned at the end of the school year. Apparently, though, the matter of the wood and paper didn’t disintegrate into nothingness, it just changed forms. That meant the chair I was sitting on was composed of material as old as the earth. Mind blown!
Then I was faced with this question: how old is the matter? Aristotle, the Greek Philosopher, taught his students that the earth and all its matter was eternal. That might seem crazy, but he wasn’t the only or last person to believe this. Even through the 20th century many scientists believed in the eternal nature of matter, and who can blame them considering the law of the conservation of matter? However, within that past few decades, scientists, with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope, have observed that the universe is expanding. This has led them to conclude that our universe isn’t eternal, but had a beginning, an event oftentimes referred to as the Big Bang.
For thousands of years Genesis 1:1, which reads, “In the beginning God created,” didn’t align with what many mainstream scientists and philosophers believed about the age of the universe. The first line of the Bible proposed a crazy idea, that matter did have a beginning. Now science agrees. What else can we learn from the Bible about creation and our role within it? Come find out at Sunday’s Bible Boot Camp class. We meet from 11:30-12:15 in the Wait Room.