The International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) founder told his congregation in Accra on Sunday March 13 that just as lies were concocted against the gospel in Jesus' time, so are lies being "crafted" and "sponsored" through science to discredit the existence of God and God’s creation of the universe.
Because current instruments don't allow astronomers to peer back at the universe's birth, much of what humans understand about the Big Bang Theory comes from mathematical theory and models. Astronomers can, however, see the "echo" of the expansion through a phenomenon known as the cosmic microwave background.
The theory rules out God's hand in the creation of the universe. It said the universe popped into existence, out of nothing, and by nothing, and has been expanding for nearly 14 billion years since it birthed itself. One of the world's most famous theoretical physicists and cosmologists, Prof Stephen Hawking, who does not believe God had anything to do with the creation of the universe, argues in his book 'A Brief History of Time' that since time did not exist before creation, there was no way a 'God' could have caused the universe to have been created because that would have been an effect of a cause, and since a cause could only happen within the existence of time, it was, thus, illogical to argue that such a cause did take place when time itself did not occur prior to that cause. A lot of atheists, including evolutionary biologist Prof Richard Dawkins, ride on the Big Bang Theory to rule out the existence of God and the creation of the universe by God.
Apart from the Big Bang Theory, the Theory of Evolution by natural selection, first formulated in Darwin's book, On the Origin of Species, in 1859, rules out God's hand in the creation of man.
The Theory of Evolution, which is taught in schools, posits that organisms, including humans, evolved over time to become what they are today, as a result of changes in heritable physical or behavioural traits.
Pastor Otabil, however, said Christians must disregard these theories, since they have been carefully designed by their proponents to make God non-existent.
"It will be naïve on our part to think that all the knowledge out there that has alternative views to the word of God is genuine. It is naïve to think that all the research findings and the scientific evidence against God and against creation is genuine. When people sit and they are researching, somebody is sponsoring the research. Researchers don't just research; somebody pays for it. For a long time, the tobacco industry paid researchers to say that cigarette smoking was good. Advertisers gained from it and they advertised cigarettes. It was killing people, but the research said it was good for your health.
That's why sometimes when I hear people quoting and saying: 'Well according to this scientist and that scientist, or according to this discovery and according to that discovery, this is how it is. No! There are people who have interest in making sure your God is never credited with who He is because if they can say that there was no creation, that the universe happened by itself, and that out of a universe that happened by itself, out of some matter somewhere, then something became an atom and then became whatever and then eventually became a little worm and that worm graduated and became me, and in the process, I was a monkey, but they have scientific proof. It's a lie. It's well-crafted and well-sponsored.
"There are people who want to make sure God is not in our vocabulary because if there is God, then they must be accountable to Him. If there is God, then they must be subject to Him, but if there is no God, then we make the rules all by ourselves.
"Unfortunately there are a lot of Christians, who have bought into the lie. It's a well-crafted message and it's sponsored. Don't ever be childish and think that every scientific fact is true. Haven't you seen how scientific research changes – one day egg is good, next day egg is not good; next day the white is good, next day, no, the yellow is good; next day eat one, next time eat three, next time don't eat at all. I mean, where are these people coming out from.
I mean one egg, you can't tell us whether it's good for us or not because different people are paying for different things and if you sit back thinking somebody is objective, you are a child.
A lot of the medicines we take, they are from pharmaceutical companies, they sponsor research, and the thing is killing you [yet] they say it’s curing you. If they can do that to egg and can do that to pharmaceutical products, don't you think they can do that to the greatest truth of all time?" Pastor Otabil said.
"It's amazing what the world settles on to fight the Gospel. It may not make sense, but they will settle on it: that this is the story we are going to tell, this is how we are going to counteract the gospel, this is the message we are going to preach, this is how we want people to respond anytime they hear the word of God…" he added.