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For ages it has been the consensus that either matter is eternal, or there is a God who is eternal.  There does not appear to be any middle ground, and there is no way to hold this basic question in abeyance indefinitely.

Either there is an intelligent, divine, and eternal God who created the universe, or matter is mindless and eternal and the universe was formed by accident.  Although atheists had long maintained that matter was eternal and that we lived in a static universe, this hypothesis was disproved by the finding that our universe is rapidly expanding, and clearly accelerating in that expansion1,2.  Therefore, it does not appear that we live in a universe that is oscillating between "Big Bangs" and "Big Crunches."  Rather, according to current scientific thought, the universe was formed from a tiny speck that contained all the mass of the universe.  This underwent a singularity, or "Big Bang," the universe formed accidentally by trillions of fortunate accidents, all as a consequence of this cataclysmic explosion.

Regardless of the Big Bang theory, it appears undeniable that we live in a universe that is continuously accelerating in its expansion.  The question must be, "what was the uncaused first cause?"  Matter, in and of itself, cannot be eternal, since something cannot come from nothing.  Every effect must have an adequate cause.  In truth, The Big Bang Theory simply does not address these pressing cosmological questions.  Indeed, it appears that the Big Bang Theory suffers from some basic inadequacies:
  1. It cannot be demonstrated in the laboratory.
  2. There is no adequate laboratory demonstration addressing how the extreme mass of the entire universe could be "crunched" into the size of the speck.
  3. There is no adequate laboratory demonstration addressing how the Big Bang could have exploded so violently and yet without utterly destroying everything in that cataclysmic event.
  4. There is no adequate explanation how the "Big Bang" could have exploded with such incredible energy and flung all mass outward into a flat universe3.
In spite of it being so widely accepted, the Big Bang Theory does not even explain the basic question of why our universe is accelerating in its expansion.  Where is that energy coming from to continuously accelerate the expansion of our universe?  How does that energy exert its influence so that all systems in our universe are continuing to accelerate away from each other?  One must have a mechanism of continuous energy to achieve this.  One cannot achieve acceleration in space without continually expending energy, or by taking advantage of some fortuitous gravitational force.  Therefore, where is this energy coming from for this documented accelerating expansion of our universe?

Thus, matter is not eternal.  It had to have a beginning.  In addition, energy is conserved by the first law of thermodynamics, and it clearly states that energy cannot be created or destroyed.  If that is true, how did energy begin?  It could not come from nothing, and it could not have created itself.  So both matter and energy could not have created themselves.

The universe and all that we see in nature had to be created.  Otherwise, how can one explain this universe with this new information that it is open, not closed; that it is not static, but expanding at a breakneck speed; and that this accelerating expansion means it could never collapse again?  Truly there is but one singularity, and that singularity is God.  Please consider these scriptures:

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Gen 1:1 (ESV)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4  Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Psalms 19:1-4a (ESV)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 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. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20 (ESV)

Dear reader, I hope that you will consider God, for He is that very Singularity who created this universe.  He is the uncaused first cause.  Every effect must have a reasonable cause, and He is that reasonable cause.

ENDNOTES:
  1. http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/99legacy/1-7-1999.html
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_fate_of_the_Universe
  3. Stewart, Ted. Apologetics 2: New Discoveries that Confirm the Bible.  Sunset International Bible Institute, Lubbock, TX, (c) 2001, p 9.

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