Hi Clint , I’ve been a Christian for over 45 years and held a yec view also so I understand where your coming from . However i recently learnt about the scientific evidence for the God of the bible and how scripture does concur with this . while you may view it all as ambiguous I disagree. But that’s not the point. The point is the evidence the God of the bible is insurmountable when you view the scientific evidence. For example Many religious texts refer to a God or Gods creating within space and time which eternally exists. The bible speaks of God creating and existing before time was ever created. The Big Bang as it is known points to a beginning of space time matter and energy.
Well here are some of these references in the bible re a God Beyond time who created it.
Genesis 1 . In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Hebrews 11.3 The universe that we can detect did not come from that which we could detect .
John 1.3 Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made.
Col,1:15-17 For in him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth , things visible and invisible, all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things and in him all things hold together.
Gen 2.4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
Isiah 42.5 This is what God says, the God who created the heavens and stretched them out. Who spread out the earth and it’s produce.
John 17.12 You loved me before the creation of the world .
2nd Timothy 1.9 the grace of God we now experience was put into effect before the beginning of time.
Titus 1.2 in the hope of eternal life which God promises before the beginning of time.
Conversely the non biblical religious texts of the world teach that God or Gods or cosmic forces create within space and time that eternally exists.
The bible stands alone in saying God created Space and time, that he creates independent of space and time and that Space and time don’t exist until God creates it.
This distinguishes the God of the bible from the Gods of the non biblical faiths in the sense that they say space and time are eternal .
The bible says space and time are temporal. They are as different as chalk and cheese. Now why is this so exiting well over the last 40 years or so the scientists have made some discoveries about the universe and these were written up into what is called , space time theorems Here are two
“If mass exists and general relativity reliably predicts cosmic dynamics, then space and time must be created , implying a casual agent who transcends space and time.”(Hawking, Ellis,Penrose)
“Any universe that expands on average , has a beginning implying a causal agent outside space and time that creates space time matter and energy.” (Borde, Velenkin, Guth,)
Borde and Velekin commit themselves to trying to come up with a different set of conclusions but found themselves confronted by more evidence that dug them deeper and deeper into a cosmic dark hole.
Desperate to find an alternative to a space time beginning they spend ten years crunching the numbers and conclude that ‘regardless of the energy conditions or what type of inflation event the universe experienced it must have a beginning.’
Vilenkin wrote in a subsequent book . “With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind a past eternal universe. There is no escape, they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning. “
This problem is in reference to two issues.
Namely that a beginning implies a beginner and that the evolutionary models foundations were now being exposed to humongous cracks (as it is based on an eternal universe, allowing the dice of chance infinite possibilities. )
As sir Arthur Eddington puts it. “We (must) allow evolution an infinite time to get started.”
There is no greater miracle then the beginning of space and time and Here are some scientists response to this evidence
Steven hawking also said in his book a brief history of time ( best selling book in science of all time
“It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun this way except as an act of a God who intended to create beings like us.”
physicist Sir Fred Hoyle
“I do not believe that any scientist who examines the evidence would fail to draw the inference that the laws of nuclear physics have been deliberately designed.”
Astrophysicist Paul Davies in his book the cosmic blueprint concludes that we have powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all and the impression of design is overwhelming .
Steven hawking said
“If the expansion rate in the universe was different by one part in a 1000 million million a second after the Big Bang the universe would collapse back on it self no galaxies no universe .”
Smoot astronomer and project leader of the COBE satellite declared.” What we have found is evidence for the birth of the universe … It’s like looking at God.”
According to science historian Fred Burnham, the community of scientists was prepared to consider the idea that God created the universe “a more respectable hypothesis today than at any other time in the last 100 years. Prof Burbridge of University of California complained his fellow astronomers were rushing off to join “the first church of Christ of the Big Bang.” Ted Koppel on ABC’s Nightline began by quoting the first two verses of Genesis to which the physicist immediately added the third.
Believe me it just gets better. With more evidence in cosmology of the supernatural handiwork of ourhevesnly father . Our God is great and awesome . He’s turning the science community on its head. It makes witnessing and presenting to the lost the gospel really exciting. All the above info can be found in Dr High Ross’s book ‘ The Creator and the Cosmos’ He also appeared with Ravi defending Christianity on a radio show I’ll try and link