8. Scientists Prove Beginning
In 1992 there was great excitement over the findings of a team of astrophysicists who had been researching the latest discoveries of COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer), a sophisticated satellite in orbit around the Earth. Scientists had long claimed that if the Big Bang theory was correct, then there would have to be “ripples” or temperature variations in the background radiation of the universe.
Astrophysicists claimed that COBE found these long-lost ripples. Now the Big Bang theory is still a theory of course, but the findings are of tremendous importance to creationists since they confirm once again that the universe had a beginning. Indeed, even many non-theistic astronomers had to draw some conclusions about the discoveries.
Michael Turner of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago noted,
“The significance of this cannot be overstated. They have found the Holy Grail of cosmology.” George Smoot, project leader for COBE noted,
“What we have found is evidence for the birth of the universe.”
The main point is, if the universe had a beginning, it must have had a beginner.
“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story [of the Big Bang] ends like a bad dream. For the past three hundred years, scientists have scaled the mountain of ignorance and as they pull themselves over the final rock, they are greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
—Robert Jastrow, Columbia University Professor and
Founder of the Goddard Space Center.
Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were a closed-up mass (ratqan), then We clove them asunder (fataqna)? And We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?
9. Why Does the Universe Have Some Warmer Spots?
Through the laws of physics we know that heat always flows from hot bodies to cold bodies until they reach a state of balance. If the universe had always been here, then the heat in the universe would be evenly dispersed throughout. But it is not. So, the universe has been here for a period of time less than the redistribution of heat would have taken.
10. Scientists at Wits End
Scientists have no idea how the universe began. Indeed, in 1995, the world of cosmology was thrown into chaos when Tod Lauer and Marc Postman of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore produced research that didn’t fit with any of the common theories on how the universe functions. An article in Time magazine stated that the two young astronomers spent a year trying to debunk their own findings because they knew they would create such brouhaha. From their research they concluded that a few thousand galaxies, including our own, are not expanding in the same orderly fashion as the rest of the universe.
Time observed, “Astronomers have come up with one theory busting discovery after another…Nobody can say what the turmoil means—whether the intellectual edifice of modern cosmology is tottering on the edge of collapse or merely feeling growing pains as it works out a few kinks. ‘If you ask me,’ says astrophysicist Michael Turner of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, ‘either we’re close to a breakthrough, or we’re at our wits’ end.’” The Time article also went on to point out other “bewildering discoveries…in a barrage of bafflements.”
11. An Act of Faith
According to so-called scientific view, the universe was created by an incredible series of the most unlikely events that can possibly be imagined. There is no data to support this view, other than a desire to avoid the obvious conclusion that there must have been a ‘creator.’ We know from the second law of thermodynamics that any system, left on its own, will break down and decay, not build itself up and become greater and more complex. However, if this is true, then how did the universe manage to do exactly the opposite? This is another question that science has no answer for. In other words, the whole idea of a Big Bang and a naturally created universe requires that very thing that atheists accuse Muslims and believers of…………faith.
“And it is We who have constructed the heaven with might, and verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it.”
… “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return” (Holy Qur’an 2:156)
We shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least, and if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it (to account): and enough are We to take account.
(Holy Qur’an 21: 47)
He it is who gives life and causes death; and when He decrees a matter, He but says to it, “Be,” and it is.
(Holy Qur’an 40:28)
His command is only when He intends a thing that He says to it, “Be,” and it is.
(Holy Qur’an 36:82)
Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.
(Holy Qur’an 2:117)