Are we just stardust?
I’ve always been a huge fan of Big Band music… Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, etc. (Some of you know what I am talking about, but many are too young.) One of my favorite songs is entitled “Stardust”, composed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1927. However, that’s not what this article is about. We’re going to talk about actual star dust.
According to secular ideas about the origin of our universe, it began not with a “Big Band” but a “big bang”. Supposedly, this alleged event initially produced mainly hydrogen and helium (with small amount of deuterium and lithium).
However, most objects you interact with on a day-to-day basis, are made of up of other “heavier” elements, such as carbon, iron, lead, etc. Our own bodies consist almost entirely of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. So where did these other elements come from if not produced directly in the Big Bang? Secular scientists believe they were generated by nuclear fusion reactions in the cores and overlying mantles of stars.
According to Carl Sagan (1934-1996, atheistic astrophysicist, co-writer and host of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage):
“We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.”
He also stated:
“We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose.”
So according to Carl Sagan, “starstuff”, given enough time, will begin to contemplate itself. He was in awe of the universe, so he also believed that “starstuff” can be enamored with itself.
Here’s a quote from Lawrence Krauss (atheist, theoretical physicist):
“The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.” ["A Universe From Nothing" by Lawrence Krauss, AAI 2009 (16:50-17:23), emphasis added]
I guess we should forget celebrating Easter later this month, or we should at least modify it to give homage to the stars (instead of the one who created those stars!).
We shouldn’t be too surprised at these comments, even the blasphemous ones. These are logical conclusions of an atheistic worldview. These men (and men and women like them) are not generally lacking facts… they are lacking the wisdom that is required to properly interpret the facts. This is ultimately a spiritual issue and they need to realize that the worldview (or starting point, bias, presuppositions, etc.) they use to interpret all of what they observe is faulty and will inevitably cause them to reach flawed conclusions. The Bible states “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10, et al). However, many of these scientists do not fear God, and many don’t even believe in Him.
Krauss also stated:
“We only see shadows of reality.” [Paraphrased from a response to an audience questions at FREEOK 2013, The Higgs and the Story of Science]
In this case, I think he was much closer to the truth (considering something the Apostle Paul wrote almost two thousand years ago)…
“These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” (Colossians 2:17)
Ultimately these scientists (and all skeptics) need Jesus, who is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
There are huge scientific problems with the “big bang”, and it is certainly not compatible with what we find revealed in God’s Word. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1)
We would show ourselves to be wise by…
“avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.” (1 Timothy 6:20 KJV)
So no, you are not stardust… you were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and are the apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8)!
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