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Formless and Empty
In Defense of the Faith
Thursday, March 03, 2016
J.L. Robb

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” ~Moses

These are the first two sentences of the Bible. Most of the world, believer and unbeliever, know the first sentence by memory but would be hard-pressed to quote the second.

The first few times I read Genesis I thought it was an interesting story but paid little attention to the science embedded throughout.

“What science?” the unbeliever asks. “Show me the science! There is no science in that myth.”

This is what I hope to do in the next few articles, not that it will sway the closed-minded. DNA evidence would not sway fools who believe they are brilliant.

Bible: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

Science: Big Bang Theory- in an instant the universe sprang from the invisible in                                    the greatest explosion of all time.

In 1927 Edwin Hubble (of Hubble Space Telescope fame) discovered that the galaxies and individual stars seemed to be moving away from Earth as well as each other. As time and discovery moved on, this expansion of the universe became known as the Big Bang Theory. In a nutshell, the BBT says this:

At one time, all the stuff out there (space) wasn’t out there because it was all contained in a single dot… of something. Now however, all the stuff in the dot of something is out there, moving away from Earth at impossible speeds.  Because of the speed that all these heavenly bodies were moving away, it seemed reasonable that at some point in the past everything must have been closer together. By calculating the direction and speed of this expansion, scientists could figure out that it all started at a single point, theoretically, thus the term: singularity.

Basically, it seemed by this line of reasoning that at one point, a long time ago, everything in the universe was clumped together through the force of gravity into a single tiny, microscopic sphere that was spinning at an impossible speed while being impossibly dense and impossibly small.

Isn’t this similar to the first sentence in Genesis?

Could God have created the universe through a super-duper explosion of a microscopic dot? You bet. But the question arises: If everything out there was in a microscopic dot, where would God have been?

When I first learned of the Big Bang Theory in the early 70s, the thought at that time was that the universe had expanded as far as possible and everything was slowing. Once stopped, all the stuff out there would then begin a collapse until finally, through gravity, the universe would again become microscopic until it exploded and the cycle would begin again. That part of the theory turned out to be untrue.

Galaxies are continuing to move away from Earth at speeds faster than the speed of light which Einstein’s theories said was impossible. They are still accelerating.

Some of the misunderstandings surrounding this topic might come from confusion over what is meant by the universe "expanding faster than the speed of light." However, for the simplest interpretation of your question, the answer is that the universe does expand faster than the speed of light, and, perhaps more surprisingly, some of the galaxies we can see right now are currently moving away from us faster than the speed of light! As a consequence of their great speeds, these galaxies will likely not be visible to us forever; some of them are right now emitting their last bit of light that will ever be able to make it all the way across space and reach us (billions of years from now). After that, we will observe them to freeze and fade, never to be seen again. Cornell University

According to Stephen Hawking, the modern-day Einstein and atheist extraordinaire:

Hubble found that stars are not uniformly distributed throughout space, but are gathered together in vast collections called galaxies. By measuring the light from galaxies, Hubble could determine their velocities. He was expecting that as many galaxies would be moving towards us as were moving away. This is what one would have in a universe that was unchanging with time. But to his surprise, Hubble found that nearly all the galaxies were moving away from us. Moreover, the further galaxies were from us, the faster they were moving away. The universe was not unchanging with time as everyone had thought previously. It was expanding. The distance between distant galaxies was increasing with time.

The fact that most all the galaxies we have discovered, no matter what direction we point the telescope, are moving away from Earth would seem to give some credence to Aristotle’s belief that the earth was the center of the universe. In an explosion, everything explodes away from a center point.

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Genesis 1:1 (second sentence) NIV

By the end of the second sentence, Earth, which had been formless, gained form and water.

Bible: Earth was formless.

Science: Earth and other planets, as well as stars, were made from clouds of dust                                   and gas.

Formless: (adjective) lacking a definite or regular form or shape; shapeless.

Since clouds of dust and gas are without form, then once again, God had it right before science.

Over time, billions of years according to science, these clouds of dust and gas, with the help of gravity, clumped closer and closer together, eventually clumping into a heavenly body… with form. Most contemporary scientists claim that the newly formed Earth was blasted by icy comets, thus covering large parts of planet Earth with water. Just as Genesis plainly states. Deep water.

How did Moses know the earth was formless before it was with form? How did Moses know that after Earth formed it had water? He wrote Genesis 3,500 years ago.

Show me the science? Here is a sample. There is a lot of science in the first two sentences of the Bible.

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