Ever since the author of Genesis wrote, “In the beginning, god said, “Let there be photons”, people have been inventing ideas and theories to explain the creation of matter and energy in the universe. At the present time, many of these ideas have been loosely fitted into what has come to be called the Standard Model of the Big Bang. Cosmologist have been constantly refining these theories as new observations of the cosmos are made, but it still remains a very imperfect model containing many paradoxes and contradicting phenomena. It is shown here that the metaphysical interpretations of the several component observations used to construct the Big Bang model do not complement one another to create a valid explanation of mass, space, time and gravity. In contrast, if we accept literal physical interpretations for the measurements and observations used to construct a model of the universe, we arrive at an extremely consistent model for the evolution of matter and energy in a Living-Universe.