I’m curious. I like asking questions. Encouraging others to question, think, and analyze. I want to scrutinize and attempt to understand elements of our existence: our physical world, our emotional world, our spiritual world, and how they interrelate, regardless of whether or not that interrelation is perceived or can be measured. The more I learn, the more I discover surprising connections.
For example: I’ve readily accepted what Science maintains as true regarding the Big Bang Theory of our universe’s creation. To wit: The universe was born with the Big Bang as an unimaginably hot, dense point.
A hot, dense point from what? We (i.e. scientists) don’t yet know. According to the eminent Stephen Hawking, in his book “The Grand Design,” a great vacuum (or void) existed. This vacuum/void experienced a “fluctuation,” brought about through the natural forces of gravity, which resulted in a “singularity.”
Hmmm. If there was indeed a vacuum/void, in which nothing at all existed, how and why would a “natural force” of gravity exist? What would be its purpose, and on what would it “act” if nothing existed? Not everyone in the scientific community accepts Dr. Hawking’s theory, but overall, the current scientific supposition is: the incredibly hot, dense point (or “singularity”) simply was.
Anyway, when the universe was just 10-34 of a second or so old — that is, a hundredth of a billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second in age — it experienced an incredible burst of expansion known as inflation, in which space itself expanded faster than the speed of light. During this period, the universe doubled in size at least 90 times, going from subatomic-sized to golf-ball-sized almost instantaneously. After inflation, the growth of the universe continued, but at a slower rate. As space expanded, the universe cooled and matter formed. One second after the Big Bang, the universe was filled with neutrons, protons, electrons, anti-electrons, photons and neutrinos.
So, let’s review. In effect, we start with nothing. According to scientific theory, not even light exists at this point. From this “nothing”, an unimaginably hot, dense point somehow develops. In an instant, energy explodes from it. In scientific animations I’ve seen of this event, this is always depicted as a tremendous explosion of light. (No “matter” at this point, right? Pure energy only.) As this energy slows and cools, matter manifests.
A while ago, I participated in an online Bible study on the Book of Genesis. Even though I’ve read the Bible through a couple of times, I never participated in an actual study of Genesis until that point. This time the opening lines of Genesis really struck me:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Huh, said I to myself. Interesting. Then I read on.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.
Only after contemplating this for a bit, in an attempt to digest exactly what was being communicated, did I connect this detail with rudiments learned in fourth grade: our atmosphere, the air we breathe, behaves as and shares the same characteristics as liquid. Buoyancy, currents, temperature, flow, density, pressure, etc. are all properties inherent in both. Isn’t that intriguiging?
Now I’m scratching my head and wondering how Moses, who (according to tradition) recorded these words some thirty-four hundred years ago, would/could know anything about the scientific properties of air or water. Even a few hundred years ago, we hadn’t identified this kind of stuff, yet copies of the Bible exist that are older than this.
Is it mere coincidence? Could be, I suppose. But I do wonder what the chances would be for true coincidence.
I read an article where researchers claim all humans are wired for belief in the spiritual. Universally, across this globe, every civilization (including those of antiquity) has developed some form of religion. Why? Evolution teaches that our biology, our physiology, and behaviors develop intrinsically as a consequence of promoting survival. But what evolutionary benefit to “promote survival” is gained from our belief in (a) power(s) greater than ourselves?
Isn’t it possible this spiritual need isn’t a consequence of evolution at all? That, instead, it is because, deep inside us, our Creator gave us a need for a relationship with Him?
Perhaps I can impose on you to consider the prospect for a while. I can recommend a couple of great books you can get on Amazon: The Case for a Creator and The Case for Christ, both by Lee Strobel. He presents scientific evidence from authoritative and respected sources pointing in directions other than the ones many of us have adopted. Why not read them — or either one of them — and see what you think?
In the meantime, there is so much to explore, investigate, and scrutinize! I suspect I won’t find all the answers. I’ll probably raise even more questions. But my own attitude is this: belief/faith that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny is simply myth and superstition. When I write, I hope I incite curiosity and deeper examination of belief as well as human behavior. I’m grateful for this opportunity to explore aspects of it, and to share my curiosity with you.
Wishing you and yours a profoundly happy and blessed holiday season.