The event surrounding the beginning of the universe—the Big Bang—tells us quite a bit about the Creator. “There are several qualities we can identify,” Dr. William Lane Craig explained in The Case for a Creator. “The cause of space and time must be an uncaused, beginningless, timeless, spaceless, immaterial, personal being endowed with freedom of will and enormous power,” he said. “And that is the core concept of God.”
Astronomer Robert Jastrow elaborated. “The essential element in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis is the same,” he explains. “The chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply, at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy.”
My colleague Mark Mittelberg summed up the argument in his book Confident Faith:
But that leaves us with the realization that something outside of the universe caused it. That “something” would have to be big enough, smart enough, powerful enough, and old enough—not to mention have enough of a creative, artistic flair—to be able to pull off such a grand “effect.” That sounds suspiciously similar to the divine being described in the book of Genesis, which starts with these words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Or, as Robert Jastrow puts it famously at the end of God and the Astronomers, “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
The evidence related to the Big Bang doesn’t tell us everything, but it tells us quite a bit about the cause behind the universe—a Cause whose characteristics correspond uncannily to the God of Scripture.
“This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself.”