[Originally published as part of the Sept-Oct 2022 CTF Newsletter]
Glory from the Webb
I can think of no greater example of SEEING the UNSEEN than having the ability to see further into the heavens. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the world’s newest tool to observe the heavens, albeit created to show evidence of the Big Bang in what they hoped would be an overwhelming way. As you may know, it was launched on December 25, 2021, and went online revealing its first images on July 11. From the very first image, we see the Lord’s heavens declared in a new and glorious way. Those images also show greater detail than ever before, including that of distant objects.
The now famous Deep Field image from Hubble was the first area imaged by the JWST. The galaxies revealed are in much greater detail than in previous images. JWST not only takes beautiful shots but they are acquired at a much faster rate than Hubble. What used to take Hubble days or weeks to capture now takes only hours for the JWST.
As with any secular group, all research is and will be filtered through an evolutionary worldview first and then is often followed by shock, perplexed minds, and more questions than answers. This is true again as from the first image on, the observations and data are causing distress in some that the evolution story of the early universe might be wrong.
Allison Kirkpatrick, an astronomer from the University of Kansas, states in a July 27 Nature article,
Right now I find myself lying awake at three in the morning and wondering if everything I’ve done is wrong.
This does not mean she, or any other Big Bang disciple, is giving up her faith in a naturalistic origin of the universe. Many evolutionists are upset that the first reports make it sound as though they are giving up on the Big Bang. They have been adamant that those reports have painted a false picture. Even so, it is obvious there is some concern by the Big Bang disciples over visual data that they cannot easily explain.
As I have anticipated for the last several months, the JWST has the potential to turn the Big Bang on its head. I have no doubt it will continue to support the special creation of our universe a few thousand years ago, with no need for our worldview to be in jeopardy. Stay strong in your faith as the evidence always points to the majesty of our Creator.