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Structure in the Universe

Genesis 1:14
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”

An explosion causes material to be distributed randomly, and, on average, fairly evenly in all directions. But deep-time astrophysicists have a problem because their alleged Big Bang would appear to have produced a universe with a considerable amount of order.

Now it is important to be fair on secular astrophysicists. Although the dichotomy that I have set up is the impression of the Big Bang held by the average person, with only High School scientific training, we should remember that serious astrophysicists view things differently. They do not believe in an explosion that filled up space with matter; they believe in a rapid expansion, from nothing, of space itself, as well as the material in it. But the general accusation still holds. The Big Bang theory cannot account for the structure of the universe.

The universe is highly structured. Stars are grouped into galaxies. The galaxies themselves are not uniformly distributed but arranged into clusters of galaxies.

Of the many models suggested to overcome this problem, most involve material in the universe cooling, so that gravity could draw clumps of material together that would eventually begin the nuclear fusion required to form stars.

While research into gravitational fields and stellar motions is justified, we know that the relevant forces and structures were caused by design. It is God who put the stars in place and who orders their motions. The structure of the universe is fully consistent with God having created it according to His good purpose.

Prayer: The whole of Your creation declares Your glory, Lord. As we look more closely into it, we stand in awe and praise Your Name. Amen.

Author: Paul F. Taylor

Ref: Carnegie Institution for Science. “‘Elegant’ solution reveals how the universe got its structure: A direct, observation-based test of one of the pillars of cosmology.” ScienceDaily, 27 April 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200427125120.htm>. Image: Galaxy UGC 12158, Hubble, NASA/ESA, Public Domain.

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