Pastor's Corner

24 Aug
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Mid-Week Challenge

“Settled Science!” That’s a term we have heard a lot over the past few years.  What it has come to be known as is a trigger word for arguments between the left and right.  That’s sad, because I remember a time in our country when we could have a debate with the purpose of discovering actual truth.  Now days terms like that are just signals of a stopping point in conversations as not to end in a fight.  But one cannot ignore new knowledge that helps either side get closer to the actual truth of an issue.  One would think that discoveries would be celebrated with excitement by both sides.  Not true in most cases today.  The desire to be “right” has taken the place of being “correct.”  Pride has kept a lot of discoveries from being shared sooner or simply ignored. And as we have seen recently, extreme cases of stubborn scientists, pride has led to the loss of life.  

No matter your political party or religious leanings, we all should celebrate the images coming back from the James Webb Space Telescope! The $10 billion instrument is the most powerful telescope ever built and can see faint objects that its predecessor – the Hubble Space Telescope – could not record. So why are so many people ignoring or dismissing what has been discovered? Before the new telescope launched into space, many astronomers theorized that it would allow scientists to peek back in time to the early universe, providing evidence for the Big Bang Theory. But Ken Ham, the CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, says in a new blog that images from the James Webb “haven’t helped those who cling to the big bang. The data doesn’t match what’s predicted if the big bang happened.” 

He cites a blog post by physicist Eric J. Lerner, an author who holds a secular worldview but who has been highly critical of the Big Bang Theory.  “To everyone who sees them, the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) images of the cosmos are beautifully awe-inspiring. But to most professional astronomers and cosmologists, they are also extremely surprising – not at all what was predicted by theory,” Lerner wrote. “In the flood of technical astronomical papers published online since July 12, the authors report again and again that the images show surprisingly many galaxies, galaxies that are surprisingly smooth, surprisingly small and surprisingly old. Lots of surprises, and not necessarily pleasant ones. One paper’s title begins with the candid exclamation: ‘Panic!’”

The James Webb images are “blatantly and repeatedly contradicting” the Big Bang Theory that the universe “began 14 billion years ago in an incredibly hot, dense state and has been expanding ever since.” “Since that hypothesis has been defended for decades as unquestionable truth by the vast majority of cosmological theorists, the new data is causing these theorists to panic,” Lerner wrote. 

Ham says the science behind the Big Bang Theory isn’t as settled as “most people are led to believe. Many scientists – even atheistic, naturalistic ones – know there are big problems with the idea.”

Always be open to something new God wants to reveal to you. Nothing is “settled” until He is finished with it.  All things point to His glory as the Creator.  We should celebrate when He chooses to share the beauty of His creation, and welcome those who doubt His role.  God has never been scared of our questions, neither should we be by the theories the world presents as facts.     

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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