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First Law of Thermodynamics

Science and the Bible:

The 1st Law of Thermodynamics states that matter can be neither created nor destroyed, and that the amount of matter in the universe remains constant. If the First Law is correct, which every scientific measurement ever made has confirmed, then the universe could not have created itself, it must have been created in the past, no further creating must be going on, and no loss of creation is occurring. The Bible is the only religious book that correctly portrays the First Law by 1) its description in Genesis of a Creator who is no longer creating, and 2) a Creator who is “upholding all things by the word of his power (Heb 1:3)” .

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  1. So how did she do it and who created her? Is God made of matter? Where was she when she did the creating? Did she stop creating because she ran out of matter to create with? If she later created Jesus then would he have been created out of new matter or was he made from recycled matter? Not trying to be blasphemous but this is how I think and I’m not claiming that science has ALL the answers either.


    • Our knowledge of causes and effects leads us to continually seek the causes for the things we see. We can attribute everything that is sensible in the world to something. However, we cannot continue this determination of causes to infinity. According to Thomas Aquinas, “Nothing is caused by itself. Every effect has a prior cause. This leads to a regress. This has to be terminated by a first cause, which we call God.”

      Peter Kreeft writes: “If there is no first cause, then the universe is like a great chain with many links; each link is held up by the link above it, but the whole chain is held up by nothing. If there is no first cause, then the universe is like a railroad train moving without an engine. Each car’s motion is explained proximately by the motion of the car in front of it: the caboose moves because the boxcar pulls it, the boxcar moves because the cattle car pulls it, et cetera. But there is no engine to pull the first car and the whole train. That would be impossible, of course.”

      Conceding there is an immaterial, powerful being as an uncaused cause explains how the physical universe could have come to exist without relying on the existence of matter in some prior universe. Conceding God provides a starting point to answer philosophical questions about the purpose of the universe and our lives, which scientific explanations can’t address.

      “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 ESV)

      “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 ESV)

      “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16 ESV)


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