Let There Be Light
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Assuming this quote from the Bible is a correct statement, it nevertheless does not necessarily imply that the "heaven" thus created consisted of the stars, the galaxies, or even our sun -- much less the entire universe.
There is, in fact, the distinct possibility that the act of creation described in the first verse of the first chapter of Genesis refers to the creation of the heaven and the earth as a simultaneous event. In other words, the biblical heaven is only about 4.3 billion years old, in effect, the same age as the earth — a significant deviation from the age of the universe currently celebrating its 15th billionth birthday!
The "heaven" mentioned in the first book of Genesis may actually be the outer planets, asteroid belt, or other heavenly bodies in the local solar neighborhood. Would you believe the preponderance of evidence elicited from ancient and scholarly sources support rather precisely this radical view?
If these fundamental and profound questions intrigue you or cause you to lay awake at night, you might consider the currently most effective cure of insomnia: listening to the speeches of former Vice-President Al Gore — or Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's reasons for unilaterally invading without cause another nation. Alternatively, you might want to learn the answers to these questions (or at least a brilliant attempt at the answers) and thereby swear never to listen to political speeches. If so, then rush in where angels, gods, and even life-insurance salesmen fear to venture.
Read, study, and devour the true history of earth! Your life will never be quite the same as the result. Now, let me tell you here that I've got my story to tell, not anyone else's. And again, the last chapter has more than enough books for you to read about the history of man, I'm just borrowing some thoughts here to make my story more understandable to you. Likewise I'd fail in my mission to tell this story if I didn't address right now those of you who have deep and heartfelt beliefs in your faith, and think what I'm saying is against it.
So, for all of you Christians reading this right now I'm going to ask that you take a look, a really good look at what you believe, or more accurately why you believe what you do. Jesus once said that you would-know a tree by the fruit it bears, and further, that a good tree couldn't give bad fruit, a bad tree couldn't bear good fruit. Aside from being just common sense there's also a sound scientific basis for that too, but I digress. So, I'm going to use a church as an example here of a bad tree. You know a church! The building you go into every Sunday, the one with the steeple? Do you know what a steeple is?
Well, the steeple is one of the oldest pagan symbols of worship to a really bad god named Baal. What he had his believers do was go to a hill, select a really tall tree at the top, cut it into the shape of a penis then top it with a cross, which is an ancient Egyptian symbol representing a female. Next the men would ejaculate onto this tree while the women would prepare and sacrifice to Baal an infant child. What they got for that was a guarantee of a good harvest from their god. And today it's the idol symbol attached to the church that professes a belief in the very God that was the sworn enemy of Baal and everything he stood for.
There was a reason that the Judeo/Christian/Muslim god forbade his followers to create any image, including steeples. (I'm not meaning to offend any of you Christians out there, I'm just telling you the truth, get used to it. To the rest of you I'm sorry about this slight diversion, I'm sure you understand I had to tell them.) Now, back to my story.... Aside from the religious stories of our origin there is a scientific one, and we know it as the Big Bang. The Big Bang Theory is the dominant scientific theory about the origin of the universe. According to the big bang, the universe was created sometime between 10 billion and 20 billion years ago from a cosmic explosion that hurled matter and in all directions.
In 1927, the Belgian priest Georges Lemaitre was the first to propose that the universe began with the explosion of a primeval atom. His proposal came after observing the red shift in distant nebulas by astronomers to a model of the universe based on relativity. Years later, Edwin Hubbell found experimental evidence to help justify Lemattre's theory. He found that distant galaxies in every direction are going away from us with speeds proportional to their distance. The big bang was initially suggested because it explains why distant galaxies are traveling away from us at great speeds. The theory also predicts the existence of cosmic background radiation (the glow left over from the explosion itself).
The Big Bang Theory received its strongest confirmation when this radiation was discovered in 1964 by Amo Penzias and Robert Wilson, who later won the Nobel Prize for this discovery. Although the Big Bang Theory is widely accepted, it probably will never be proved; consequentially, leaving a number of tough, unanswered questions. At this point, you well know that I could fill up page after page, in fact devote this whole book, to the numerous stories about our creation. But I'm not going to do that because it's not relevant to my story. What is relevant is what, if any, are the common connections between all of these stories, from all around the world. So, here's what I found!