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Key Thought:

Current scientific and mathematical research proves what the Bible said about creation thousands of years ago.


Key Scriptures (See bottom of page for full scriptures)


Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

· Why do some people believe science proves God doesn’t exist?

· Do scientific claims such as the age of the Earth and the Theory of Evolution require faith to believe them?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.

· Name some ways we can see entropy (see Law of Entropy below) occurring.

· Why would scientists want the truths of the bible to be disproven?

· Many atheists believe that the Bible was written by man’s design. If that is the case, how did the Bible’s authors know how to describe an expanding universe thousands of years before Einstein, Hubble, and other modern-day scientists?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.

· If there’s anyone in the room who had doubts about the Bible due to scientific evidence, how did this message affect those doubts?

· What point did Pastor Bil share in this message that had the biggest impact on your personal beliefs?

· What does God’s creation of the universe tell you about His love and plan for your life?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Thank you, Father for giving us enough information to see that Your truths are indeed facts. Please continue to provide us with the ability to discern the difference between what the Bible tells us and what the enemy would have us believe through science. While science does prove You exist, we know there are many who would spin that evidence to paint a different picture – please always give us eyes to see and ears to hear that Your word is the real truth of this world. We ask all this in your Son’s precious and holy name. Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

· Individually, spend some time digging into the evidence Pastor Bil presented this week and share your findings with the rest of the group.

· Science says there was a Big Bang that started everything. In Genesis 1:3-4 God said “Let there be light” and he separated the light from the darkness. Meditate and Pray on these two points and ask God to show you why some people would believe they aren’t one and the same event.


Scriptures

But the Lord made the earth by his power. Jeremiah 10:12 NLT

As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe… God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. 1 Corinthians 1:19-23, 27 NLT

Scientific fact: The Universe has a beginning.

Bible fact: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 NLT

The biggest evidence that there is a God is found in what the father of modern science, Francis Bacon called the Law of Causality. “True knowledge is knowledge by causes.” - Francis Bacon

Cosmological Argument:

1. Everything that had a beginning had a cause.

2. The universe had a beginning.

3. Therefore the universe had a cause.

Second Law of Thermodynamics: The total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time. In all spontaneous processes, the total entropy increases, and the process is irreversible.

“This aspect of the Second Law (of Thermodynamics) also tells us that the universe had a beginning. Since we still have some order left—just like we still have some usable energy left—the universe cannot be eternal, because if it were, we would have reached complete disorder (entropy) by now.” (Geisler and Turek).

Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! Genesis 1:31 NLT

[God] said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:17-19 NLT

Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Romans 8:20-22

Scientific fact: Einstein found his calculations “irritating.” He wanted the universe to be eternal and realized that it was not. Since he didn’t like this, he created a mathematical “fudge factor.” This fudge factor was later uncovered to be untrue by British Cosmologist Arthur Eddington.

Scientific fact: Eddington’s solar eclipse discovery confirmed the theory of relativity, which bothered him: “Philosophically, the notion of a beginning of the present order of nature is repugnant to me… I should like to find a genuine loophole.”

Scientific fact: 1922, Mathematician Alexander Friedman exposed the “fudge factor” of Einstein.

Scientific fact: 1927, Edwin Hubble, using his telescope, proved Einstein’s theory of an expanding universe, and Einstein himself traveled to California’s Mount Wilson to look for himself. The “red shift” proving an expanding universe was and is obvious for any observer to see.

God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! He spreads out the heavens like a curtain… Isaiah 40:22a NLT

He alone has spread out the heavens… Job 9:8 NLT

Scientific fact: Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, two Bell Labs scientists in Holmdel, New Jersey stumbled upon radiation first assumed to be bird droppings on their antenna. After cleaning it off, the radiation was still there… they stumbled upon the afterglow from the Big Bang fireball explosion! This discovery was the confirmation of the Big Bang theory making it a fact, so significant it won them both the Nobel Prize. Technical name: cosmic background radiation.

Scientific fact: “No explanation other than the Big Bang has been found for the fireball radiation. The clincher, which has convinced almost the last Doubting Thomas, is that the radiation discovered by Penzias and Wilson has exactly the pattern of wavelengths expected for the light and heat produced in a great explosion. Supporters of the steady state theory have tried desperately to find an alternative explanation, but they have failed. At the present time, the Big Bang theory has no competitors.” - Robert Jastrow, founder of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies

Scientific fact: If the big bang theory existed, then scientists predicted there would be slight variations of temperatures in the universe, or ripples. In 1989, NASA launched the $200 million-dollar COBE satellite (Cosmic Background Explorer). George Smoot, lead astronomer on the project announced COBE’s findings and it made news all over the world. He said, “IF you’re religious, it’s like looking at God.” University of Chicago astrophysicist Michael Turner said of the findings: “The significance of this discovery cannot be overstated. They have found the Holy Grail of Cosmology.”

Scientific fact: Stephen Hawking called it “the most significant discovery of the century, if not of all time.”

Scientific fact: They were so precise that Smoot also called them the “machining marks from the creation of the universe” and the “fingerprints of the maker.”

- Scientific Conclusion:

“Now we see how the astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world. The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same: the chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy.” - Robert Jastrow, founder of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies

Astronomers now find that they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover… That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact.” - Robert Jastrow


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