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   1st¹ don’t expect to find “concordancy² ” in your dictionary–yet.

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   2nd, despite his years of brilliant research and thinking, Stephen Hawking³ didn’t present himself as a “Bible believer”–as far as I know.

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   3rd, I don’t hesitate to recommend your reading of his (brief) A Brief History of Time.

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   In general, Hawking presented himself as an atheist, believing the universe was eternal–essentially without beginning or end. For him, the Bible did not produce significant information to alter that view. But he was basically a soft-spoken critic, unlike some of the more strident atheistic scientists of today.

   In our view, scientific conclusions emerging from cosmological research of the last couple of decades, in particular Hubble space research and microwave radiation discoveries, argue strongly against an “eternal” physical universe. In other words, the universe (especially the observable one) began at a point in what we call “time,” and will “end”–or run out of “fuel” or energy–at a point in time.

   Of course science speaks of this in billions of years from beginning to end.

   Of course, too, is the alternative, that a creator or designer “outside” of space (as we know it) designed and created everything and–presumably–will be around after “everything” physical “ends.”

   The best explanation of what’s outside of everything, setting aside science’s unprovable speculation, in found in Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.” 

   Okay, so where did God come from? If on a “today” God created everything, where was He and where did He come on some “yesterday” before that?

   A good question.

   One we can’t answer. But pure science isn’t off the hook. If  “stuff” came first. Where was stuff on some “yesterday”? It has to be one way or the other, as we humans are wired to think. And, if we carefully examine the precision and fine-tuning around us, my writing this and your reading it hardly seems to be the result of billions of random accidents that ended up our experiencing this post right now.

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   ¹ Yes, we violate standard form by beginning sentences and such with numbers, or numerals. We believe that this sort of format adozenseconds is put in helps readers fly over the words faster, softening our guilt at our weird titling of our website.

   ² “Concordancy“? Well, we didn’t quite get there. Our intention was this: For explaining a lot of things, science and Bible complement each other better than one might expect. They are concordant in many important ways. But we’ll have to take that farther later. (This word can be an important describer for observations today.

   ³ Stephen Hawking, after bravely living into his seventies with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, died on March 14, 2018.