One for the serious science nerds

Confession: I love science. It was always one of my favorite subjects in school. I took two levels of Physics in High School as electives. I also took Physics in college. I was a Forestry major so I was required to study life sciences like zoology, botany, and principles of silviculture (the study of how trees live and grow).

I always loved discovering new things about God’s creation. I loved testing hypotheses. I loved physics and how we could run very precise calculations to predict how objects would react to certain forces and determine the exact spot that a steel ball would hit when shot across the lab. I still enjoy watching science fiction movies as well as educational programs on the science channel.

A lot of my unbelieving friends would say that my love for the sciences is incompatible with my deep faith. I tell them that it all depends on where you start. As a person of faith, I believe everything begins and ends with God. He is “the alpha and the omega… the one who is and who was and who is to come… the beginning and the end” (Rev. 1:8; 21:6; 22:13). Additionally, Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, is the Word who was from the beginning (John 1:1). That He is the “Word” means the He is the guiding principle of all the universe. “All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17).

Because I start from a place of faith, all answers only serve to confirm the One in whom I believe. My unbelieving friends start from a different place… a place that denies the existence of God (Atheism) or the ability to know God (Agnosticism). Because they start from an Atheistic or Agnostic perspective, all the answers only confirm their starting beliefs.

I read Stephen Hawking’s book, The Grand Design, three times. It is one of those works that requires multiple readings in order to get a grasp on the material. Hawking, who recently passed away, was a brilliant man and an absolute genius. In The Grand Design, he wrote a beautiful explanation of the “apparent miracle” of the grand design of the universe and how everything fits perfectly together. He then gave every possible explanation of this miracle except the one that includes God as a grand designer.

Last week on the Science Channel, I watched several programs on the topic of theoretical physics. All the physicists featured on the program gave the same basic explanation of the creation of the universe. They all believed that the universe came into existence when a tiny particle, known as the singularity, containing all the matter and mass of the entire universe began expanding and suddenly exploded. Within the singularity, there were pockets of matter that were denser than others. As the matter was blasted out into space those dense pockets attracted less dense pockets by the force of gravity and that is how the planets and stars were formed. 

Here is the problem that the physicists admitted in the programs: If the “big bang” theory is true, then the universe should be contracting or at least slowing down in its expansion due to the force of gravity and the effect of space-time. But it is not. The universe is actually accelerating in its rate of expansion. Galaxies should be pulling together, but the gaps between the galaxies are growing larger and larger.

This accelerated expansion has puzzled physicists ever since it was first observed. To complicate matters even more, there is another energy that has been observed in the universe that competes with gravity. They have named it “dark energy.” Just like gravity is generated by the presence of matter, dark energy is generated by the presence of antimatter. This antimatter cannot be observed except through the sounds that it puts off in space. Scientists all over the world are working hard to try to understand how all this fits together in the grand scheme of things.

Okay now that I have totally “geeked out” on you, I would like to just say this… the universe is inexplicably amazing. It is amazing because the God who created it is inexplicably amazing. May we never stop seeking answers. May we never stop finding God in the things He has made (cf. Rom 1:19-20).