Origin of the Universe
"In the beginning, there was nothing. Then God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light."
So begins the Old Testament. And, I'm sorry, but if you read any further, you need to have your head examined to find out how you can walk upright without a brain. In the beginning, was there nothing, or was there God? If he said "Let there be light!", who was he speaking to? Does God talk to himself? Where did God come from? If the answer is "God is eternal, always was and always will be", why don't we just skip the God BS and apply that statement to the universe instead? "The universe is eternal, always was and always will be" makes a lot more sense! On the face of it, these 17 words are so utterly preposterous and nonsensical as to make it clear that the book you are holding is worthless, you might as well read something more entertaining like The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkein.
"In the beginning, there was nothing. Then there was a Big Bang. Then there was matter, energy, space and time."
I'm sorry, but this statement is every bit as preposterous as the first one! It makes no sense at all, and again fails to explain what existed before this big bang or what caused the big bang to occur.
IMHO, the cosmologists are completely off their rockers, off track, barking up the wrong tree, on a wild goose chase. And I think I know why: they began with the preconception that the universe is finite -- because they were raised to believe so, thanks to Christianity!
I have confirmed this in one particular case: Albert Einstein. Einstein was troubled by the fact that all the objects in the observable universe seemed to be standing still. Given gravity and the enormity of time, they should all collapse together. When he was told that the observable universe was not standing still but in fact appeared to be expanding, he was greatly relieved. And, being the greatest mind of his time and considered infallible, the fact that Einstein was relieved at this development told cosmologists that they were on the right track -- and they've been heading down that track ever since.
But it's clearly the wrong track. If you toss the Bible in the trash where it belongs, the universe is obviously infinite in both space and time. There is no end in any direction, and there was no beginning and will be no end in time. And if Einstein had believed that, his reactions would have been exactly the opposite: there would be no problem with the objects in the universe appearing stationary, as each one is surrounded by an infinite number of other objects in all directions, and there is no net gravitational pull it in any one direction. Conversely, when he heard that the universe appeared to be expanding, that would be mildly troubling, and would lead one to want to know why. It would be clear, though, that if any such expansion were actually going on, it would be a local phenomenon, and would have no bearing on the universe as a whole. Something that is infinite cannot be expanding.
It would be wonderful if the cosmologists would start over with the reasonable preconceptions that the universe is infinite in space and time and proceed to try to explain their observations accordingly. Apparently light, once emitted, doesn't travel indefinitely without end, but rather gradually loses energy and shifts towards the red end of the spectrum until it ceases altogether. Evidently the Second Law of Thermodynamics doesn't hold on a universal scale, somehow order increases, probably in the aggregation of new stars and planets from interstellar dust. Most notably, everything -- everything -- is cyclical; if it's happening now, it's happened before and will happen again. It'd be wonderful to delve into theories about all these things, if only the cosmologists would get their heads out of that Big Bang garbage and get to work on reality!
Needless to say, the Big Bang theory isn't helping the atheism cause at all. It doesn't help to point out that the Old Testament is hogwash when the current "science" on the subject is also hogwash.