Implausible as it seems, a complex universe of amazing precision and order does exist. So does our beautiful planet flourishing with so much life it is impossible to number. Why is there something rather than nothing?
Robert Jastrow, professor of astronomy and geology at Columbia University, wrote, “Few astronomers could have anticipated that this event — sudden birth of the Universe — would become a proven scientific fact, but observations of the heavens through telescopes have forced them to that conclusion.
“The astronomical proof of a Beginning places scientists in an awkward position, for they believe that every effect has a natural cause.” So what is the “natural cause” of this cosmic effect? Hawking suggests the way the universe began was completely determined by the laws of science. Who am I to argue with brilliance.
I would simply suggest that if there are laws — that implies a law maker. If we can trace society’s laws back to humans — not to abstract chaos — why would that not be true of the laws of physics, the laws of gravity or the laws of nature? I think someone is making these laws.
Hawking added, “There is a fundamental difference in religion which is based on authority and science which is based on observation and reason.”
I believe both true religion and true science are based on authority, rooted in reason and uses observation. For example, the January 1997 “Discover” magazine reported that astronomers detected what they believed to be about a dozen planets orbiting distant stars.
It said, “So far the new planets are known only from the way their gravity perturbs the motion of the parent stars.” That means the visible effects of gravity was the basis for scientists believing in the existence of something they could not see. Millions who believe in a Creator conclude they have a similar basis for accepting what they cannot see.
Is belief in the Bible without sound reasoning and observation? Noted exploration geologist Wallace Pratt commented, “If I as a geologist were called upon to explain briefly our modern ideas of the origin of the earth and the development of life on it to a simple, pastoral people, such as the tribes to whom the Book of Genesis was addressed, I could hardly do better than follow rather closely much of the language of the first chapter of Genesis.”
Pratt observed that the order as described in Genesis for the origin of the oceans, the emergence of land, the appearance of marine life, birds and mammals, is in essence the sequence of the principal division of geologic time.
How did the writer of Genesis, thousands of years ago, get the order right if his source of information were not from the Creator? How did Isaiah 40:22 record the earth as being a “circle” when most cultures assumed it was flat or squared?
Modern telescopes reveal stars come in different sizes, shapes, colors and ages so that no two stars are exactly alike. How could Paul know “One star differs from another star in glory,” as written at 1 Corinthians 15:41, if the source of his information was not from God?
No one has ever seen a black hole but scientists believe they exist because of its effect on everything around them. Why is that so different from believing in a Creator? His effect is far more obvious and reasonable than random chance. From your own observation, which seems more reasonable?
The New International Version of Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Yes, I believe a study of the universe is beneficial. It can answer some interesting questions about this material realm. But a study of the Bible can give us other important information we need to know.
The truth about this Supreme Being is far grander than the universe and more profound than any book can totally convey. Humans cannot fully explain or define Him anymore than science can fully explain or define His creations. To some extent we are all left with theories and beliefs that must be modified.
Why? Evidently that is the way He wants it. Why? Apparently that is what pleases Him? Why? Isaiah 55:9 says His thinking and ways are higher than ours — even those with minds like Einsten, Newton and Hawking.
Think about it. If the universe and our being in it are accidental, then our lives have no meaning. But if our life and the universe are a product of creation then life has a purpose. Which do you believe? One view makes you “insignificant.” The other makes you a miracle. Choose.
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