For the amateur western cosmologist yet with time to live, there are (at least) two interesting and complementary verses in the Bible.
Genesis 1.1: When in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was untamed and shapeless.
John 1.1: In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God and the word was God
Each of these statements refer to a unity, the moment of creation and neither of them refute Big Bang creation, they just deal with cause. Whether the word is ‘God’, ‘Om’ or even ’Bang’ is an intellectual exercise, though the rapid expansion of nothingness at unity into a universe may sound a lot more like Om than Bang, depending on how long it takes.
But the limitation of cosmology and religion is the ‘time to live’ before the ‘beginning’. Man’s attempts to describe the universe have always been plagued by mono dimensional time. The linearity of time as in ‘time to live’(as opposed to curved space and time) is a limitation of 4 dimensional thought – and being. If one can accept the viability and desirability of 5 dimensional being, time becomes two dimensional (planar) and, for a six dimensional being, it would become three dimensional. In both of these cases the nullity at unity disappears as it is just a point on another surface.
The beauty of a sine wave explains much in the physical universe from swallows to AC, and so it can in the parallel universe of time. In simplicity, for a four dimensional being, the beginning of a time to live may just be, for higher dimensional understanding, an inflexion point as time passes through another zero.
Similarly, the apparent continuing expansion of the universe has been considered analogically and simply to be just the expansion of a spherical surface, such as a balloon whereon points on the surface separate as the balloon expands to reach its elastic limit. Also simply, does the universe have an elastic limit at which point it begins to collapse to a new nullity? The expanding and contracting of the balloon when viewed in two dimensions may be seen as but a sinewave.
In this commentary, we will not attempt to describe the ‘breath of the universe ‘in the negative or unreal component as time passes once again through a zero.
A further satisfying thought is that of Aristotle that ‘Nature (or God) abhors a vacuum’ and similarly, nature abhors a continuum – of energy or matter. The universe is observedly, a discontinuous body of ‘black and white’, stars and blackholes, density and ’lightness’. Each is a necessary element for universal energy balance. It is with this in mind that we can consider the universe to have been inaptly termed.
So what is life, a time to live, but just an element of the discontinuous universe in which immortality (a continuum) cannot exist, and in which the energy is continuously transformed? Unless, of course, you subscribe to the view that God put us here to give the few the chance to ‘go through the eye of the needle’ and leap a dimension or two, but that is another philosophy.