The original question was:
Where in relation to Earth’s history, do the proponents of the Big Bang think that this event occurred? Could it possibly have happened?
Answer by John Mackay
When I was a student at university, the universe was regarded as 20 billion years old. Then someone recalculated Hubble’s constant (which, by the way is rarely constant) and the end result was that the universe became 10 billion years overnight. Wow? That sure made for discussion on campus. It was old agers vs really old agers, but it was fun, and a good lesson for life. How valid were any or all these scientific dates for the past? Soon after this the now publically warring sides held a long committee get together to sort it out, as they were both starting to look foolish. The result was a declaration that the universe was around 15 billion years old. That figure stuck for quite a while.
Then came the Hubble Telescope in space. Now a new dilemma occurred. The stars were found to older than the space they were in. So now it’s take your pick with the current favourite being a Universe now 13.72 billion.
Of course such a trend to reductions in the age of things may mean that if we wait long enough they might even get it back to around 6,000 years. But, as a well known debater in this old universe young universe issue stated long ago: “Now we know from Moses that about six thousand years ago the world was not yet in existence, though of this fact no philosopher can be convinced.” (Luther’s Commentary on Genesis, Zondervan Pub. House, 1958 Preface). So don’t hold your breath.
One further little titbit. Since the observable universe is now supposed to be 13.72 billion years old yet it is supposed to be around 90 -100 billion light years across, it should be obvious the such numbers don’t work for a big explosion from a single point in a universe where nothing is ‘sposed to be able to travel faster than the speed of light. Unless… unless either light has slowed down or God stretched out the heavens as the Bible says (Isaiah 45:12, Jeremiah 10:12 and many others) or both.
And where in relationship to the Big Bang did earth’s history begin?
The same big bangers would have earth coming into formation as a gaseous cast off around 4.6 billion years ago. Missed out on a lot of history, we did eh? Supposedly. But could it have happened? As to how all the mass and energy in the universe could have suddenly come into being from nowhere for no reason, There is no explanation according to observed laws of physics. And there really is no explanation for why a micro dot in space that contained all the mass that could ever be, should suddenly explode and form the observable universe after sitting still for unknown aeons.
The famous physicist Stephen Hawking recently claimed that the laws of physics such as gravity made the universe. However, the fundamental laws of the physics, such as gravity, electromagnetism and nuclear forces, are properties of the universe itself and cannot have created it out of nothing, nor created themselves out of nothing since gravity is only a property that is relevant when matter exists.
Of course at Creation Research we make no apologies for finding it more useful to remember the Creator was there, and Hawkins et al were not and the Creator declares that He created the heavens, (i.e. outer space) and the earth first, and the sun and stars were made after that, and He should know. (Genesis 1: 1-19)
Useful resources for a Creation perspective on Astronomy and Time. Astronomy and the Bible answers many common questions on astronomy and the origin of the universe. The Astronomy Book is a useful textbook for students 8 years and above.
DVD The Decreasing Speed of Light See fascinating evidence that the speed of light was faster in the past, and the earth and the universe are not millions of years old. Also Our Created Solar System and Our Created Stars and Galaxies. These available at the Creation Research webshop
Image: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)