God created everything out of nothing in such a way that nothing can be made from nothing. Such is the truth pointing to the glory of our Creator God as Paul wrote in Romans 1:21 – “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made…” Greater now than ever are the reasons to remove all excuses.
If you haven’t already, check out the first article in this series, Are Science and Faith Compatible? Concept 1: Atheism is Self-Denying.
Until the 20th century, it was widely accepted by many scientists that the universe had always existed, contra the biblical view. For an atheist, this view would have been necessary. A universe that once was not and then came into existence at some finite singular point must have a First Cause to bring it into existence. The universe could be the first thing ever to exist, but it could not be the First Cause of existence. That leaves too much room for a Creator. So, a static universe, one that had always existed, was the atheist’s comfortable place to land.
Clearly, the very first line of the Bible contradicted this widely accepted concept of a static universe when it declared that there was a beginning and that, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1) Those who believed in a static universe took the position that the Bible was wrong from its very first verse. But, then three new significant observations and conclusions in 20th century cosmology demonstrated that the Bible had it right all along.
The Implications of Universal Entropy
Universal entropy basically means the universe is running out of usable energy, physically expanding into cold death. On its present course, the universe would eventually become cold, black, and dead. Technically, it would reach almost absolute zero, the point at which all usable energy flow comes to a complete standstill.
IF the universe is running out of energy,
AND IF the universe had always existed,
THEN, it would have already run out of energy (because forever would have been enough time for it to run out of energy)
SINCE the universe clearly has not run out of energy,…
THEN, it has not always existed.
This logic creates an interesting problem for the naturalistic worldview, which believes the physical universe is all there is. If the universe has not always existed, then something had to bring it into existence. It is illogical to say that the universe could create itself because it was not around in the beginning. Nothing cannot make something. Yet God created everything out of nothing in such a way that nothing can be made from nothing.