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 whit: The universe was born with the Big Bang as an unimaginably hot, dense point.
A hot, dense point manifested from what? We (i.e. scientists) don’t yet know. Current supposition: it just was.
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 that ‘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.
I happen to have recently begun an online Bible study on the Book of Genesis. Even though I’ve read the Bible through a couple of times, I’ve never participated in an actual study of it until recently. 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 six thousand 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? I don’t know. Could be.
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. What evolutionary benefit is gained from our belief in (a) power(s) greater than ourselves?
Gaaaaahhhh! 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.