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The Bible and the First Law of Thermodynamics

The Scriptures say, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them" (Genesis 2:1). The orginial Hebrew uses the past definite tense for the verb "finished," indicating an action completed in the past , never again to occur. The creation was "finished" - once and for all. That is exactly what the First Law of Thermodynamics says. This law (often referred to as the Low of the Conservation of Energy and/or Mass) states that neither matter nor energy can be either created or destroyed.

It was because of this Law that Sir Fred Hoyle's "Steady-State" (or "Continuous Creation") Theory was discarded. Hoyle stated that at points in the universe called "irtrons," matter (or energy) was constantly being created. But, the First Law states just the opposite. Indeed, there is no "creation" ongoing today. It is "finished" exactly as the Bible states.

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