The human race may have gotten its start in a black hole, says the Associated Press. Scientists have long known that matter and the higher elements that make up the earth and living things are essentially recycled, having been “cooked” inside the nuclear furnaces of an earlier generation of stars. When those stars died billions of years ago, the spewed the higher elements into space in the form of dust. But researchers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have traced the universe’s building blocks back another step, by peering into the “womb” of a galaxy about 8 billion light years from ours. There, in the galaxy’s center, they were able to see winds shooting out of a supermassive black hole, carrying dust made up of complex elements.
(“Black Holes and the Origin of Life.” The Week. October 26, 2007: 20)
Now, I am not normally one to dabble in the whole science versus God thing, but I thought this was really interesting. And it inspired an idea that, it seems, we have yet to proclaim and latch onto with much fervor, if at all.
Your typical evangelical says that science and the Bible can’t mix. And many a scientist proclaims the same idea. But I think that this little finding proves otherwise. And I think it makes the whole creation poem all the more compelling. Why? Because, according to that very poem,
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2 ESV)
Now, as far as I understand black holes, the center of those things is…well…black due to the fact that “the gravitational field is so powerful that even…light is unable to escape” (Wikipedia). According to these new findings, out of this area that is “without form and void,” new galaxies are formed. If you ask me, this only proves the validity of the Christian Scriptures. For the atheist, these new Scientific findings and the Bible’s creation account should be honestly dealt with. But what about the Christian? How are we to respond to something like this?
Some will jump on a bandwagon that uses this little finding as a way to force-feed Christianity to unsuspecting sinners around the water cooler at work. I am not saying that it is wrong to use these kinds of things to defend the faith, But one must not be too quick to jump to conclusions as they may find in a matter of weeks that this wasn’t really what was happening at all.
But this doesn’t change the fact that a finding like this one sheds some light on our Spiritual descendants. Think about it. Moses, some couple thousand years ago, wrote down the oral tradition that had been passed down from generation to generation for centuries (somewhere around 8,000 years if my memory serves me correctly). Going back further, our spiritual descendants somehow knew how the earth had been made. They “saw” the big bang happen, and shared it with their children as a song or a poem. And it stayed in tact, unquestioned to the day Moses wrote it down.
I find the whole things simply stunning. A multi-thousand year old text, written by a man raised in a different culture from his own, penned the story of creation, and got it right. And now, thousands of years later, we are just now figuring out that it just might have happened the way our own Bible says it happened. If anything, rather than renew a passion in us to prove the existence of God, this should renew our passion, as Christians, for our own Scriptures. It should renew in us a desire to seek out other truth that may be present in those ancient texts. In doing so, it just might renew our faith in the very God that created this amazing planet that we call home.