Creationists never hesitate to condemn science for discovering things that are contrary to the bible. In addition to evolution, they also reject our cosmological models for the development of the universe. For a good example, see this about something from ol’ Hambo’s website: AIG: Why Big Bang Theory is False.
Well, dear reader, prepare yourself for some amazing news. We found this in the Daily Express, a national tabloid newspaper headquartered in London (with an active comments feature). Their headline is Biblical SHOCK as holy text CONFIRMS Big Bang theory: ‘The universe is expanding’. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The scientific world has been at odds with religion for centuries but the debate has grown increasingly heated in recent years – particularly over the origins of the universe. Creationists believe in the Book of Genesis, which tells the story of God creating the heavens and the earth in seven days [six, actually], but critics argue that the world we know today was formed after a cosmological event known as the “Big Bang” followed by centuries of evolution. [Only “centuries”?] However, academics suggest the two may not need to be at odds after all.
Hambo and others like him won’t like it, but that’s what makes this stuff so much fun. The tabloid says:
The Old Testament’s Book of Job 37:18 reads as follows: “Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong and as a molten looking glass?” This, according to experts, implies biblical knowledge of what we now know as the Big Bang theory.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! To us, it’s nothing but a description of the dome of the firmament. If the book of Job is so scientifically accurate, what about this in Job 18 (King James version, of course):
4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
But let’s keep an open mind. The Daily Express tells us:
As estimates suggest the Book of Job was written around 600BC, this would mean the theory itself could be over 2,600 years old. [Theory?] Analysing the passage, Christian thinkers have paraphrased it to mean: “Were you with God when he stretched out particles from the Big Bang which violently caught, fastened and, via seething heat, cleaved to each other forming hard celestial bodies.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The tabloid continues:
Creationist academic Hugh Ross claims: “The Book of Job talks about the beginning of the universe and how it’s a beginning beyond matter, energy, space and time. It’s the first book of the Bible that talks about the expansion of the universe. Fred Hoyle, the famous British astronomer, said that the Bible is amazing in what it says about cosmology. The universe is traceable back to an actual beginning of matter, energy, space and time.”
The rest of the tabloid article is more quotes from Ross about how “scientific” the book of Job is. Go ahead, click over there and read it if you like.
Oh — we almost forgot. Another great creationist also claimed the Big Bang is described in the bible — but he didn’t rely on the book of Job. We’re referring to Rev. David Rives — Stretching the Heavens. He relied on Isaiah 40:22, which says:
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
So there you are, dear reader. The bible is a great science book. The greatest, actually. Read it and learn some science — for once in your wretched life.
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