When Carl Sagan opened his book Cosmos and PBS series with the same name with these words, “ THE COSMOS IS ALL THAT IS OR EVER WAS OR EVER WILL BE.” (Emphasis Mr. Sagan) One is left to wonder if he knew how closely this parallels the Mormon view of an eternal universe. For just as the late Mr. Sagan believed in an eternal universe so also does the Mormon Church. Mormon Doctrine writes of Joseph Smith’s teachings that God did not create the universe of out nothing, but organized preexistent matter into our current universe. In Genesis 1:1 we are told that God created the heavens and the earth. Again in John 1:3 we are told that all things were created by God.
While many times it seems science and religion are at odds, the fact that the universe had a beginning and was created from nothing is currently the most widely accepted scientific theory of the beginnings of the universe. The “Big Bang” theory proposes that the universe began as an explosion that eventually formed the universe we see today. While few scientists are willing to accept God as creator, the evidence that there was a beginning to the universe leaves room in the scientific world for an intelligent designer. While the purpose of this paper is not to get into the various arguments for Theistic creation, it is enough to show that the universe had a beginning. Since anything that has a beginning has to have a beginner, all created things need a creator. The Mormon concept that the universe either preceded God or at the very least co-existed with God is in direct conflict with both Christian thinking and current scientific thought. We are taught from the Bible that God existed before everything else.