Is the Christian description of the beginning of the universe consistent with the scientific description? This question can be answered “yes” with certainty. To answer it, examine the basic scientific and Biblical facts about the beginning.
The Bible says:
Although science and the Bible do not say exactly the same thing about the beginning of the universe, there is no inconsistency; therefore, the answer to the question is “yes." Claims of inconsistency generally originate with those who advocate one of the following concepts:
(a) The “big-bang" theory cannot explain the bringing of the universe into existence from nothing (ex nihilo) because it requires the pre-existence of space, time and energy/matter.
(b) Biblical genealogies can be used to construct chronologies of personalities from Adam to Noah and Noah to Abraham. Also, each creation day (yom), described in Genesis, was 24 hours long. It follows that Adam was created no more than six to ten thousand years ago and the universe was created no more than 144 hours earlier.
Concept (a) is scientifically unsound; concept (b) is theologically unsound. At no time has either concept represented the thinking of mainline science or mainline Judeo-Christian theology. (2,3)