4. The Early Universe

To present the first major line of evidence for the existence of God, let’s very briefly consider how modern science says the universe began. I will go into a page or so of technical detail here, so that afterwards I can show that most of these same details were revealed to an ancient prophet named Ezekiel, but they were hidden from recognition until science could discover the physical reality of them.
   According to physicists and cosmologists, the universe started out intensely hot and very dense. Then, in a period of inflation, space itself expanded faster than the blink of an eye, going from something very small to millions of light years across.
   After this incredibly rapid inflation, the universe continued to expand, but at a much slower rate. It was still intensely hot, and resembled a cloud or fog. A millionth of a second later, it had cooled enough to allow nuclei, the core of atoms, to form. Around this time, the four fundamental forces of the universe became distinct – gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong nuclear forces.
   By the end of the first second, all the ordinary matter of the universe had come into existence. It was a swirl or plasma of protons, neutrons and electrons, which would become the building blocks of atoms.
   Within the first three minutes, protons and neutrons began fusing together, forming hydrogen-2. These nuclei then joined up to form the nuclei of helium-4, each of which contained two protons and two neutrons.
   Two helium-4 nuclei could also fuse to form beryllium-8, and a third helium-4 could be added to form carbon-12, but because beryllium-8 is a highly unstable atom, it would almost instantly part back again into two helium-4 nuclei. This and the rapid expansion and cooling of the early universe would prevent any significant amounts of carbon from being produced.
   At this point, the universe was a soup of radiation, hydrogen and helium-4, along with vast numbers of electrons. However, the electrons couldn't attach to the nuclei, because the universe was still too hot. Also, photons, the particles of light, weren't able to travel freely, as they constantly scattered off the nuclei and the electrons. This is known as the “radiation” era.
   Eventually, in what is called the “recombination” era, the plasma had cooled enough so that electrons could latch on to the nuclei and form regular atoms. This had a major effect on the universe. Larger structures such as galaxies, as well as stars like the Sun and planets such as the Earth, could now be formed.
   Photons, the particles of light, which before were scattered because of the nuclei and electron mix, were now much more free to travel through the universe. Before, the universe had been like a cloud. Now it became transparent.
   The light emitted during this period left behind a remnant of itself, called the Cosmic Microwave Background, that filled space and can still be detected today. The early universe also gave off sound waves called Baryon Acoustic Oscillations, that carried ordinary matter with them, until the universe cooled enough for light to be able to travel freely.
   Now, all of this has been deduced by modern science, based on physics, chemistry and cosmology, using equipment that can look at some of the smallest and largest objects in the universe.
   The reason I went into detail here, is because similar details seem to have been given to an ancient prophet of God named Ezekiel, thousands of years before the advent of modern science. The main difference is, many cosmologists assume the universe did all of this by itself. Ezekiel was told something very different.


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