The TV show The Big Bang Theory is, in my mind, three things:
- Occasionally hilarious
- Nerd Stereotypical
- Often inappropriate
If you’ve never seen the show, it’s about four nerdy, brilliant guys navigating their way through life in a very socially-awkward manner. Normal life is the most difficult for brainiac Sheldon Cooper (who’s also, in my mind, the funniest).
Sometimes I’m still laughing about something Sheldon said hours (. . . or days) later.
I don’t want to review or analyze the show. I hope that if you watch it you’re able to discern for yourself the immorality of some of their actions. Don’t turn off your mind and morals when you turn on the TV.
The Big Bang?
Besides being a TV show, the “Big Bang theory” is a hypothesis about how we were created. Sheldon could tell you all about it. Here’s a boiled down explanation:
“According to the Big Bang theory, the Universe was once in an extremely hot and dense state which expanded rapidly. This rapid expansion caused the Universe to cool and resulted in its present continuously expanding state.”
Did creation start with a “big bang”? What does the Catholic Church say about that? Have you ever wondered if the creation story in the book of Genesis is real? Are we supposed to take it literally and leave science behind?
No way! The Church is all about us using our faith and our reason. Just because science explains the natural world around us, doesn’t mean it disproves that God created the world.
The Bible isn’t a Textbook
We’re not supposed to think of the Bible as a science or a history textbook. (There’s no pictures!) The Bible was inspired by God, written through the hands of men, and passed on to us to teach us about God’s plan for our salvation.
The Bible tells us about who God is, who we are, and what we were made for. It isn’t all supposed to be read as literal facts.
So About Genesis . . .
If the Bible is not all literal, then the story of creation in the book of Genesis can fit with explanations like the big bang and evolution so long as you still believe that God was the one who first caused the creation of world. He’s the one who got the ball rolling and had a plan for what the world would be like, and how He would save us and open heaven to us.
The Catechism says:
“Scripture presents the work of the Creator symbolically as a succession of six days of divine ‘work,’ concluded by the ‘rest’ of the seventh day. On the subject of creation, the sacred text teaches the truths revealed by God for our salvation, permitting us to ‘recognize the inner nature, the value and the ordering of the whole of creation to the praise of God.’”
The most important teaching of the Church about creation is that no matter if we evolved or not, at one point when humans were created, God infused them with souls. We were made in the image and likeness of God.
The scientific details of creation fall short when they abandon the belief in a Divine Creator. Have you been outside lately? Look at everything from the tiny bugs to the tallest trees. Look in the mirror – the human body is magnificent! Can you imagine atoms crashing into each other and randomly resulting in something as amazing as the human eye?
That’s like saying Vincent van Gogh didn’t paint “Starry Night” but someone tripped and spilled paint onto a canvas and it landed in this fashion:
Would you believe that?
Big bang? Evolution? Seven days of creation? Don’t stress over the technicalities. God made you and I and desires for us to be in heaven with Him. That’s what’s really important. I don’t know about you, but I feel better knowing I was designed and planned with a purpose and not a result of random, swirling matter.
Sheldon would definitely disagree. But no matter how smart Sheldon Cooper is, I’ll still believe my wise, 2000 year old, mother Church.