When I was in college, I heard that astrophysicists were re-thinking the Big Bang Theory a little bit. Specifically, they were looking at the instant right before the “bang” itself – when all matter was compressed into a tiny pinpoint. As they were considering it, they came to believe that the pinpoint was so dense and compact that it technically had no mass at all. In essence, it was nothing at all. This idea clearly alligns with the Bibilcal model of creation which states that there was nothing and then God spoke and the universe came into being. It was thrilling to hear that scientists had come to a conclusion that coincided with Biblical narrative.
Now today, I read this little nugget in Gregg Easterbrook’s column for ESPN’s Page 2 section:
Another Cosmic Thought: If the Big Bang theory is right, when the universe formed there was matter and radiation and heat, but no stars. How much time passed until the first stars came into existence is a puzzle about which we can only speculate. Recently, Naoki Yoshida of Nagoya University in Japan and Dr. Lars Hernquist of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts published elaborate computer simulations of what the first stars might have been like. They speculate that the first stars were far larger than the sun, perhaps 100 times its mass, and burned so powerfully they exploded in about a million years. One reason there is life on Earth is that our star is a kind that does not burn violently, has existed for perhaps 5 billion years and should continue to burn at about its current power for hundreds of millions of years to come.
As stars burn, they fuse light elements into heavy ones and then, exploding, hurl into the galaxies the dense materials that forms planets and living things. Researchers have tended to presume that the incipient universe contained only the light elements hydrogen, helium and lithium, and that a very long period passed before the first supernovae made dense material. Now Yoshida and Hernquist speculate that the early large, violent stars coalesced, burned and exploded much more rapidly than previously assumed, beginning to fill the cosmos with the materials of life an unfathomable length of time ago — almost from the moment of creation. Stars formed from the moment of creation on; and stars are still forming, right near us. From far in the past and forward to this day, the universe behaves as though it wants to host life.
Evidence is now leading astrophysicists to theorize that stars formed and burned much more rapidly than was once thought. And how about that last sentence?
“From far in the past and forward to this day, the universe behaves as though it wants to host life.”
How profound is that statement? It’s amazing how God’s handiwork is continually revealing itself to us in new ways that point us back to the Creator himself!
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