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Q: Does the big bang fit with the Bible?
A: The “big bang” is a story about how the universe came into existence. It proposes that billions of years ago the universe began in a tiny, infinitely hot and dense point called a singularity. This singularity supposedly contained not only all the mass and energy that would become everything we see today, but also “space” itself. According to the story, the singularity rapidly expanded, spreading out the energy and space.
It is supposed that over vast periods of time, the energy from the big bang cooled down as the universe expanded. Some of it turned into matter—hydrogen and helium gas. These gases collapsed to form stars and galaxies of stars. Some of the stars created the heavier elements in their core and then exploded, distributing these elements into space. Some of the heavier elements allegedly began to stick together and formed the earth and other planets.
This story of origins is entirely fiction. But sadly, many people claim to believe the big-bang model. It is particularly distressing that many professing Christians have been taken in by the big bang, perhaps without realizing its atheistic underpinnings. They have chosen to reinterpret the plain teachings of Scripture in an attempt to make it mesh with secular beliefs about origins.
NEW: Weekly Quick Answer
Did Abel eat the meat of the sacrifice?
Abel was tending flocks, but not for food, since God had not yet allowed people to eat meat. Sheep yield many other things besides food—such as wool, milk, leather, etc. A fattened lamb would produce a great deal of wool and had the most life ahead, so it was the most valuable.
So, when Abel sacrificed the fattened ones, he was offering his best—a true blood sacrifice. Nothing in the passage (Genesis 4:2–4) indicates that Abel ate of the sacrifice; so, there is no reason to assume he did.
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Dominoes of compromise: To USA Today, at least, it’s hot news: dissension within evangelical ranks over evolution. To us, it’s just one sad result of compromise. Read more.
Wormhole sweet wormhole: Is our universe inside of a black hole belonging to another universe? Either that, or some astrophysics ideas are getting wackier and wackier! Read more.
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