Is Genesis in the Bible Correct According to Cosmology? Term Paper

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GENESIS & COSMOLOGY

In chapter one of the Book of Genesis as found the Holy Bible, it states that "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth/and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep/and God said, let there be light; and there was light" (verses 1-3). It then states "And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night/and God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also/and God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth" (verses 14, 16, & 17). These six verses relate the Biblical origins of the universe according to God's design, yet scientifically, this description is invalid and erroneous, due to the most recent findings in the field of cosmology, being the study of the origins and nature of the cosmos.

Theoretically, in the beginning, the universe was an inferno of radiation, and after the so-called "Big Bang," it cooled enough for the nuclei of the lightest elements to form. Millions of years later, the cosmos cooled even more which made it possible for whole atoms to appear which was then followed by simple molecules. After several billion years via a complex sequence of events, the cosmos condensed into material suitable for the formation of stars and galaxies.
Then with the appearance of stable planetary environments, the complicated process of biochemistry came about through processes that are still relatively unknown.

According to Genesis, God "created the heaven and the earth," meaning that He made the universe and the earth simply out of nothing. He then created light, being the sun, the moon and the stars to divide the day from the night. Obviously, these astro-nomical bodies, like the heaven and the Earth, were made from nothing. As most religious persons see it, this creation process was made possible because of God's all-powerful divinity and His ability to create something out of nothing. It only stands to reason that even God must have had some kind of material at hand in order to create the cosmos and the universe at large. However, from a religious point-of-view, God did not require any material, due to His status as the "Master of the Universe," meaning that God controls and operates everything in the universe and can change or alter it simply by force of will.

However, as contained in the Book of Genesis, this creation process is nothing more than a creation tale, much like those found in other ancient cultures, such as the Babylonians and the Egyptians. For the most part, this creationism tale was only meant to remove the specter of the unknown from….....

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