Ken Ham: Sin Is Destroying the Universe

A few days ago we saw this at PhysOrg: Don’t panic, but the universe is slowly dying, which says:

[N]ew research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.

[…]

The good news is that the stars made to date will still last many billions of years yet (including our own sun). Some of the smaller stars should keep shining for longer than the current age of the universe. There are questions over what exactly the dominance of dark energy will mean in the long term, with some of more exotic theories speculating that it could tear everything apart in a “Big Rip”.

Less dramatic, and more likely given our current knowledge, is the theory that the universe will continue to cool forever, and non gravitationally bound structures will steadily move apart from each other. After trillions of years we will only be able to see our own galaxy as the others will have raced too far away. After hundreds of trillions of years no new stars will be made anywhere at all.

Interesting, but it’s a long goodbye and therefore of no immediate concern. However, we failed to anticipate the creationist reaction. We now have that at the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Ol’ Hambo has just posted The Universe Is “Dying” and It’s Because of Sin. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:

“The universe is slowly dying,” reports a new astronomical study. Now, the universe is not a living thing that can “die,” but what they mean is something scientists have being saying for years — the universe is winding down (losing usable energy).

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Their belief in the slow and gradual “death” of the universe is completely framed in the idea that the universe began with a big bang and that this happened billions of years ago. Apparently they believe that the energy created from the big bang, and the radiation, heat, and the motion of bodies being produced today by stars and other astronomical bodies, is slowly fizzling out over time.

Then Hambo gives us the biblical view of things, which we’ll skip, knowing that you will, of course, click over there to read his inspiring words. We’ll move on:

Apparently this process is going to take trillions of years to happen by the secular reckoning. Those who accept the big bang really have a hopelessly desolate view of the future.

Yes, it’s depressing. Hambo continues:

If you start with a different starting point, however, where God’s Word is the truth, you get a very different view of the universe. According to Scripture, everything God created was originally “very good”, free from any death and suffering, and the universe worked perfectly. But sin changed everything resulting in death intruding into creation. Also, God no longer upholds the universe in a perfect state, giving us a taste of what life is like without Him — it falls apart. Hence, the book of Romans tells us that all of creation is groaning because of sin and is eagerly waiting for deliverance. This is why we need a new heavens and new earth.

That makes sense. Here’s more:

The idea that the universe is using energy up since creation is not a big deal for a Christian. This energy use involves the laws of thermodynamics. … [U]sable energy in this now-fallen universe eventually runs down. Ultimately, only usable energy could come from God as the absolute source, not the universe itself.

So that’s where energy comes from! Moving along:

[W]hen scientists start with the presupposition that nature is all that there is and time will eventually take its course on the universe, they are left with bleak predictions. And the prediction of those who believe in the big bang is that the universe will slowly run out of energy and, eventually, became “cold, dark, and desolate.” This does not match with the future described in God’s Word!

Ah, we have a choice! Another excerpt:

As believers, we don’t need to worry about what is going to happen to the universe — we know how it ends! According to God’s Word there is a coming judgment by fire [bible quote]. The universe will not end by fizzling out of energy — it will end with a fiery judgment from God — the ultimate source of all energy!

One last excerpt:

For those who have trusted in Christ, there will be a new heavens and a new earth, and we will dwell eternally with God in heaven, enjoying His eternal blessings. But for those who have rejected Christ, there will be eternal judgment where they have no rest from the wrath of God.

Well, dear reader, it looks like you have a decision to make. Are you going to place your trust in those godless scientists, or in a great man like Hambo? It’s your choice.

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24 responses to “Ken Ham: Sin Is Destroying the Universe

  1. “Ultimately, only usable energy could come from God as the absolute source, not the universe itself.”

    So he’s saying his god’s battery is running down and is not rechargeable? I’d call in the Everyready battery bunny.

    “For those who have trusted in Christ, there will be a new heavens and a new earth, and we will dwell eternally with God in heaven, enjoying His eternal blessings.”

    Is this the same imaginary afterworld described by the pharaohs in their “Book of the Dead” and other afterworlds referenced by other religions, the eternal afterlife they all imagine is out there and the primary reason for the existence of religion in the first place?

    As for the study itself, it might be premature and/or incomplete, but in any case nothing to worry about for now.

  2. @DavidK: It’s the same “paradise” the Islamists are promising the suicide bombers.

  3. What benefit does viewing the distant future as being bleak and hopeless offer mankind? I think it offers a lot more than any death cult has ever come up with.

    Science at least offers a chance to research and develop technology that may eventually allow our species to exist beyond the predicted life of our universe.

    Hambo’s alternative reality offers little besides the same empty claims so many other charlatans have spouted throughout history.

    If the end of the universe was in sight and science had found a new universe and a way to get there. Does anyone imagine that a future Hambo would hesitate for even a second to secure passage to the new universe instead of embracing the coming apocalypse he had spent his life peddling and claiming to long for?

  4. @retiredsciguy

    Very true, but the islamists who blow themselves to pieces get 72 pieces of the virgin action! Can Ham match that!

  5. [W]hen scientists start with the presupposition that nature is all that there is and time will eventually take its course on the universe, they are left with bleak predictions. And the prediction of those who believe in the big bang is that the universe will slowly run out of energy and, eventually, became “cold, dark, and desolate.” This does not match with the future described in God’s Word!

    So what? If it turns out that “the future described in God’s Word” isn’t going to happen (and that’s the way to bet), what does bloviating about it accomplish? For that matter, how do we even know the Bible really is “God’s Word” at all?

    And, um–the universe won’t “run out of energy.” Al the energy there is will still be here, just spread out to the point where it can’t do anything. And even that may not happen if the speculations of some physicists are correct and universal expansion eventually stops and reverses into a Big Crunch, followed by a new Big Bang. (I know, there’s been a big to-do lately about how expansion appears to be accelerating rather than slowing, but many scientists believe this is a temporary phase in the evolution — oops, there’s that word! — of the universe. Stay tuned.)

  6. Ham: “But sin changed everything resulting in death intruding into creation. Also, God no longer upholds the universe in a perfect state, giving us a taste of what life is like without Him — it falls apart.

    According to Ham sin changed everything–causing everything to fall apart.
    And, according to fundamentalists, homosexuality is a sin.
    And, those fundamentalists typically focus that ire on the male/male variety.
    And, this ire is focused on what happens with the penises.
    And, humans are correctly classified as apes.

    Therefore, it is demonstrated that ape penises are destroying the universe.

    On a serious note, I am reminded of this quote:

    “No intellectual vice is more crippling than defiantly self-indulgent anthropocentrism.” – Edward O. Wilson

  7. If sin is so effective at dissipating energy, maybe we should do more of it to prevent global warming.

  8. michaelfugate

    If God can make energy, then why are Christians using coal and oil instead of prayer?

  9. Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other sins are invented nonsense.

    Robert A. Heinlein

  10. Speaking of dissipating energy with sin, my efforts have been met with frustration. Ever since learning the phrase “original sin,” I’ve been trying to commit one. Trouble is, every time I think I’ve finally succeeded, it turns out somebody else already thought of it.

  11. Has Ham ever thought about how freaking bored he is going to be after a few hundred years of doing nothing, never mind an eternity of it?

    Even if, and this is definitely not a biblical notion, the afterlife included every pleasure possible of every kind – an eternity of all those pleasures would still drive one mad. Ham would eventually become like the protagonist in the movie “Groundhog Day”, trying in vain to kill himself only to wake up the next day to repeat it all over again. Except, unlike Groundhog Day, the next day would never come. An eternity of the same thing, over and over….

    The eventual death of the universe is not such a bad thing after all.

  12. DavidK asks,
    “Can Ham match that?”

    Got a point there. Seventy-two virgins (or even non-virgins; I don’t care) sure beats a harp & a halo.

  13. Hambo says his god created everything good? OK, then WHY did this god of his plant that tree? Hambos’ god planted that tree, therefore, in the opinion of this old disabled former machinist, that god is the one who created/introduced sin.
    I still am waiting for the answer to that and have been since I asked it at age 14, I hit 67 last birthday. How, if all of the creation this god made was so good, did this god put that tree in the garden. Oh, and this same good god allowed the serpent into the garden to supposedly tempt Eve. SO, in my view, other will vary, it is all the fault of said god.
    Or, as I do not believe in any god, it is just the way life on this planet has been since the first critter evolved into a predator and began the whole cycle of kill or be killed. Survival of the fittest?
    As to the universe dying, well, life is born, lives, then dies. That is how nature seems to work. Being just an old machinist/Vietnam vet, I don’t have the college education to support my positions, but I feel I am better off with my own beliefs than any the Hambo has.
    Sorry for rambling on so long. I do talk too much.

  14. Dave Luckett

    As Billy Connolly opined, “Seventy-two virgins? That’s not a benefit, that’s a punishment. They’d probably all be Duran Duran fans. Give me three fire-breathing whores!”

    He also noted the various estimates of the number of virgins – the traditions are at variance – and said that the latest one he’d seen had been fifty-three. “You can tell that a committee has been at work, there”, he remarked, sagely.

  15. The whole truth

    davidambrose66 said:

    “SO, in my view, other will vary, it is all the fault of said god.”

    Yep, if hambo’s so-called god created everything, it is responsible for everything.

    “…I feel I am better off with my own beliefs than any the Hambo has.”

    Me too.🙂

  16. WHAT!?! SIN!?!? I thought the universe was dying because some blond bimbo listened to a snake????

  17. Ed,

    I’ve wondered the exact same thing. I’ve always thought of the idea you broach put another way: according to most people who believe in this afterlife, it is trying to get to heaven vis a vis their God that gives life purpose. Applying that exact same reasoning to Heaven, for existence there to have purpose, there must be a super-Heaven (and so on and so forth infinitely) and a super-Hell (or perhaps the possibility of sliding back down a rung to the mortal realm).

  18. So, in using kennie’s ‘logic’, there was a tipping point at some time in the past where the level of sin was great enough to overcome God pumping energy into the universe and the universe started dying. I think I found the point! It’s in late 1961, there’s a 10 year old boy masturbating! OMG! His name is kennie ham. There it is, the point where the universe started dying and it’s all kennie’s fault!

  19. RSG – Virgins, What Virgins? A funny take on all of this at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/jan/12/books.guardianreview5

  20. I can’t remember the source, but a comedian said “It’s not 72 Virgins, but 72 Virginians, and they are pissed!” Jeff Dunham comes to mind, but I’m not sure.

  21. michaelfugate

    Douglas E, What I blew myself up for raisins? raisins!

  22. @ Ted Herrlich – That was Robin Williams, I believe. Funny bit, too.

    @ DavidK, rsg, et al – Sure, that’s what “jihadist martyrs” get. Good, model xians get accounts on Ashley Madison. Just ask the Duggars.

  23. RSG states: “Seventy-two virgins (or even non-virgins; I don’t care) sure beats a harp & a halo.”
    Makes me wonder what an immaterial orgasm will immaterially feel like.
    I prefer non-virgins btw. They have more experience and skills.

  24. Doctor Stochastic

    There are no original sins. All of them were used by Shakespeare.