A Question of Physics
AS we investigate the scientific principles, Consider what you already believe about the universe:
Do you believe that everything came out of nothing?
You may not realize that there are only 2 options for how the universe, and all matter, was created:
- Everything came out of nothing
- A god created it
There are no other options. These are the only 2.
“But the Big Bang explains all that,” you might think.
Actually, the Big Bang does not make any claim about the creation of matter. Here is what the Big Bang theory actually attempts to explain, in layman’s terms:
The universe got together one day, and blew up.
The Big Bang does not try to explain how matter was created, but how it arrived at the current configuration in the universe. It does not and CANNOT explain the creation of matter. That would break all the laws of physics.
The first law of thermodynamics, described as the law of conservation, observes what we already intuitively know is a true law of nature:
Matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed. They merely change form.
You can’t get something from nothing. We know this is true. Matter is not born—it does not reproduce. It only changes form. The universe will never have more or less matter in it. We also know that matter/energy is not eternal—they deteriorate as they interact (2nd law of thermodynamics—entropy).
The Big Bang theory does not explain how matter came to be. Matter is required in order to produce the energy of a Big Bang (E=mc2), therefore all the matter would have to already exist (singularity) so that it could blow up (expand). Even then, the proposed reaction of the Big Bang breaks all of our observed laws of physics: the laws of motion, gravity, strong nuclear force…
Stephen Hawking knew that the Big Bang theory fails to explain the creation of the universe within the laws of physics, and admitted as much in his book, A Brief History of Time, on pg 138:
In order to predict how the universe should have started off, one needs laws that hold at the beginning of time . . . All the known laws of science would break down at such a point. One might suppose that there were new laws that held at singularities . . . and we would have no guide from observations as to what those laws might be.
Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History if Time. New York: Bantam Books, 1998.
In fact, Hawking conveniently invokes God for the specific aspects of the theory that break the laws of physics, and cannot be otherwise explained (pg 126):
These laws may have originally been decreed by God, but it appears that he has since left the universe to evolve according to them and does not intervene in it.
Later, Hawking offers some hope for those who do not want to appeal to God for any portion of creation with a new theory. In it he suggests that perhaps time is not forward moving, like a line, but actually like a sphere, and that this would eliminate the need to explain a beginning of the universe, and therefore the cause or source of matter: He suggests that if this theory is true (pg 141):
There would be no singularities at which the laws of science broke down, and no edge of space-time at which one would have to appeal to God or some new law to set the boundary conditions for space-time. . . . The universe would be completely self-contained and not affected by anything outside itself. It would neither be created nor destroyed. It would just BE.
So if you were hoping that the most highly regarded physicist of our time would be able to prove that the MOST LOGICAL conclusion from all the scientific facts is that the universe came about from naturalistic causes, he cannot. He did not. No one can circumvent these uncontested scientific facts:
- Matter is not self-existent (Something cannot come from nothing): first law of thermodynamics—conservation
- Matter is not eternal (everything breaks down, usable energy is decreasing): second law of thermodynamics
- The source of energy is matter (E=mc2)
Since the Big Bang theory doesn’t actually even try to explain where matter came from, it merely distracts from the very real question we all have about the creation of the universe.
At this point, you may be thinking, “People who believe that God created everything have the same problem. Where did God come from?”
But we do not have the same problem. Science is trying to explain the universe through natural processes without a supernatural God.
However, to remove God from the process, they must put their faith in a theory that breaks the laws of nature—therefore it is also super-natural. They have not succeeded in their natural explanation.
But God is eternal. He created the universe, and set up laws to govern it. He is not governed by these laws of nature because he is the Creator of nature. He is super-natural. God is the originator of everything in creation.
The scientific facts contradict a purely natural origin, so why hold onto your faith? What would be the point? What part would you insist on keeping? The God of the Bible tells us that He designed and created every marvelous, ingenious aspect of our universe, on purpose.
At this point, you may think, “Perhaps a god did make everything, but that God can’t be the only choice. There are thousands of faiths, and thousands of views of how everything came to be.”
That’s true. But strangely, NO OTHER GOD has actually claimed, in ANY world religion, that it created everything out of nothing, and was the first, and only eternal being. Only the God of the Bible has made this claim:
Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it. Isaiah 42:5
Although any god of any religion could have claimed to be the Creator of all, none of them did. It has been reserved for the God of the Bible, in which the 3 major religions trust (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).
Moreover, a single, eternal being is the only type of God that can be logically deduced from our scientific observations.
And this God of the Bible claimed over and over in His Word that He created the universe, and created us specifically, so that He could have a love relationship with us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
There are only 2 viable options:
- The universe created itself out of nothing by accident
- God designed and created everything himself for a purpose
It’s your choice.