Thanks Graham, I had not come across the science that points away form the Big Bang. I am personally comfortable either way. What I do find interesting about all this is how, many scientists resisted the idea of the Big Bang for philosophical reasons. John Lennox in his book "GUNNING FOR GOD: WHY THE NEW ATHEISTS ARE MISSING THE MARK", says this:

"Sir John Maddox, then Editor of Nature, responded equally negatively to the discovery of further evidence supporting the Big Bang theory. For him, the idea of a beginning was "thoroughly unacceptable", since it implied an "ultimate origin of our world", and gave those who believed in the biblical doctrine of creation "ample justification" for their beliefs. It is rather ironical that in the sixteenth century some people resisted advance in science because it seemed to threaten belief in God; whereas in the twentieth century scientific models of a beginning were resisted because they might increase the plausibility of belief on God."

What this shows to me is that scientists suffer from "Confirmation Bias", just like the rest of us.

As you can perhaps imagine, I have no problem with the idea that the material universe is a manifestation of the thought of God (Logos of God). Where I think there might be some interesting points for debate are in the ideas around the creation of human beings. Genesis 1:26 says:

"Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness...'"

God is referring to himself in the plural here, which is why as you point out Elohim is plural. I see this as consistent with the Holy Trinity, and another example of the astonishing coherence of the Bible.

The Biblical account of man's creation implies the physical came first, then the spiritual:

"Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7)

The Hebrew word for "being" here can also mean soul. I do not see here, or anywhere else in the Bible the notion of souls existing before their physical bodies. It is true that God "sees" us before we are born and knows all our days, but we do not exist before our birth. According to the Bible, human beings have a beginning, which is one of the things that distinguishes us from the God who is three persons in one.

Thanks for raising some interesting issues, as usual.

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