For the first several years of our marriage and ministry I had the pleasure of using a roll top desk. There can never be too many pockets, slots, or drawers in a desk, and the wonderful part of it is that you often make new friends with things you’ve stashed months earlier. That’s okay, unless what you stashed are bills. Bills happily find their way to the very bottom of desk drawers and can run from the light faster than a speeding cockroach. After more than one overdue bill debacle (and a little encouragement from my wife), I finally learned never to put a bill in a drawer until I had paid it. In this respect, both religion and science are commonly guilty of putting their bills out of sight – and they are long since past due.
Consider our sincere and venerable Mormon friends – and I mean no disrespect. They worship a god named Elohim, whom they identify as the Biblical God with the same name. However, they are not the same by any means. The problem begins with beginnings. According to accepted LDS doctrine, Elohim was once a man who ultimately elevated himself to godhood and creator status, just as all aspiring Mormons may do. This then begs the question – why worship this LDS Elohim? He is not the first and therefore, should not be the one we ultimately worship. Brigham Young would later teach that matter is eternal. In so doing, he pushed the “origins” bill back to matter itself. You may accuse Young of many things, but stupidity should never be on the list. While most Mormons I know refuse to broach this discussion, the fact remains, the LDS have stuffed this “origins” bill in the desk drawer and failed to come up with a lucid response.
Nor do we disrespect or fault the character of physicists who embrace the big bang theory. But notice, they too have stuffed their unpaid bills in a desk drawer. Physicists, like Mormons, actually have two unpaid bills. The first relates to the questions surrounding origins and the second around the forces that move the creation forward – a force they commonly label evolution (be it organic or inorganic.) Physicists conveniently use the back of the bottom drawer by insisting that time answers all evolutionary questions and the big bang answers the issues of origin. When asked about time, space, motion, the laws of physics so called, they insist that it all inherent in the bang. If that isn’t a leap of faith, nothing is. As to the bang itself, who knows? That bill is to embarrassing to even review. To satisfy us all they revert to their perennial penchant for creating temporary “placeholder theories” which are conveniently replaced in the name of progress with yet newer ones. The recent assertion that the “microwave grid” supports big bang, as well as the misbehaving dust cloud G2 in Sagitarrius A – are two examples which have necessitated some very quick revisionism!
We have every right to accuse both physicists and religionists in general of, at the least, “burying their bills.”
The Bible believer, on the other hand simply begins at the beginning, “In the beginning, God.” He assumes the existence of a creator God and builds his whole cosmology on what that God has revealed about Himself. Of course, God did not have an origin because He was not created. He exists outside of the creation and is sovereignly independent from it, though He adamantly insists that He carries it forward.
Those who embrace this truth have endured millennia of placeholder cosmological theories – each loudly trumped as a more intelligent answer than believing in a personal God who created the universe. And, each, in turn, is replaced by another when it is shown to be facetious.
While men can certainly ferrite out truths from the natural creation, their various mechanical theories will never stand until they find the unifying Principle that makes it all work. Nor has Elohim settled for revealing Himself in the creation alone. He chose to reveal Himself personally through His Son, the one through whom He created heaven and earth, who carries it forward, and the one with whom we have to do business! (Colossians 2:1-4)
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. Acts 17:30-31