The latest results of the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP) are in. This space borne instrument adds further evidence to support the inflationary Big Bang model.
It confirms that the following took place. The universe grew from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space in less than a trillion-trillionth of a second.
Try to wrap your mind around that scientific fact.
The WMAP is just the latest and most accurate confirmation of the inflationary Big Bang model. We had the Cosmic Background Explorer which verified the cosmic background radiation (CBR) followed by more precise measurements taken by the Boomerang, DASI and MAXIMA experiments. The WMAP offers even greater precision. They all show the same thing. The data is converging. The inflationary Big Bang model flexes its muscles once again.
Astronomer and evangelist Hugh Ross states the following,
"The theological significance of the WMAP measures is huge. Here’s why: The most spectacular evidence for supernatural design of the cosmos resides in its density characteristics. For physical life to be possible—anywhere, anytime—the mass density of the universe can differ by no more than one part in 10**60 (1 with 60 zeroes behind it), and the space energy density by no more than one part in 10**120 (1 with 120 zeroes behind it). Thus, achieving confirmation of these density parameters strengthens the observational case for a Creator, one who is orders of magnitude more intelligent, more knowledgeable, more creative, and more powerful than humans can even imagine.It is the evidence for design that blows the mind. The space energy density, that Ross talks about and the WMAP findings confirm, is known as dark energy. It is a property of our universe that acts like anti-gravity. In fact, it is the dominant characteristic in our universe. A whopping 73 percent of our universe is dark energy. Dark energy is one finely tuned entity. The amount of dark energy in our universe cannot vary by more than one part in one to the ten raised to the 120th power -- OR NO LIFE IS POSSIBLE AT ANY TIME, ANY WHERE IN THE UNIVERSE.
When big bang predictions can be refined to the degree of accuracy manifested in the WMAP results, the argument for a transcendent creation event grows tighter than ever. Not only can we point to potent evidence that the Creator must transcend matter, energy, space, and time, but we can also demonstrate the reliability of Scripture. The Bible accurately predicted three fundamental features of all current big bang models (initial singularity, continuous expansion, continuous cooling) thousands of years before any scientist had discovered these cosmic features."
It is the most finely tuned of all of the properties of the universe. Thank God it is just right.
The more we learn about our universe, the more reasons we have to praise God.