Welcome to "One One Hundredth" – which is the amount of time (in seconds) in which the universe sprang into being. Some cosmologists tell us that it was in even less time than that (a millisecond or less).
Today, we see stars, planets, galaxies, etc. They're all moving away from one another. If we could turn back the hands of time, those celestial objects would be progressively closer and closer to one another, until, if we go back far enough, they could go no closer. Indeed, at the start of the universe, scientists tell us all matter existed in one single point, in a state of infinite density. We can go back no further in time. This, for all intents and purposes, is the beginning of time. Then, a "big bang" occurred, and in one one hundredth of a second, the universe as we know it came into being.
Now, was this a random occurrence? Perhaps. Perhaps not. One can interpret the birth of the universe in multiple ways. But notice the similarity to another version of the beginning of time: "Fiat Lux" ("Let there be light"). I'm quoting here from Genesis, the first book of the Bible, wherein God purportedly created the universe by simple fiat.
I know, I know, what on earth is a primitive, backward, completely non-scientific book like the Bible doing in the same conversation as cosmology? Well, isn't it interesting that our best science says that the universe came into being from essentially nothing in a single moment? Perhaps, perhaps not. There are many interpretations. And the Bible certainly has it's failings. (uh, Dinosaurs? What chapter are those in?)
This blog then is a look at the world. Is there a God? Maybe. Maybe not. Is science the end all, be all? Maybe. Maybe not. Let's look at life, religion, our times, and our world together and see if we can't learn something – or at least come to greater understanding of ourselves and one another.
Please join me in the journey,