Did you know that God has been proven not to exist?
It was on the eve of the nineteenth century that renowned scientist Pierre-Simon Laplace met with Napoleon to discuss his research. On review of Laplace’s work, Napoleon remarked that there was no mention of the Creator. Laplace famously replied, “I have no need of that hypothesis.”
Startled? You should be! That this would be taken in any way as an argument against the existence of God is asinine. We may as well argue that there is no need to talk about an artist in regard to a painting, because the brush is explanation enough.
In his book, The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking says, “spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.” His statement almost sounds like an explanation, much as Laplace’s comment. But it is clear that calling the existence of the universe “spontaneous” is no explanation at all. Rather it is the absence of all reason; ironic for such a brilliant scientist.
Likewise, a new book called A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins, argues that even the nothingness of space has weight and mass. They also describe a process by which particles spontaneously appear from literal nothingness. “Oo!” they say, “here is evidence that God did not create, but it randomly appeared.” Sorry, guys, but that is not a reasonable or logical conclusion to make; in fact it is no conclusion at all. It is simply a sophisticated way of saying, “Duh, we don’t know.”
No, what Laplace said, whether he meant to or not, is that he does not need to give a supernatural explanation to fill in the proverbial “gaps” of his research. He found a logical and natural process.
Logical and natural does not mean that God is not involved. Somehow somewhere someone decided that God only could do the supernatural, when in fact, the Bible teaches that God is intimately involved in all natural processes as well, essentially writing all the laws of the physical universe.
God does not only stand in the gaps. He is all in all. The gospel of John, Colossians, and Romans all teach that creation, all of it, was created for him, by him, through him, to give him all glory and honor.
A special note to my readers: my break for the last four months has given me time to rest, recharge, and refocus my purpose in writing this blog. Thanks for hanging with me. What better way to start back in with a post on something from nothing?
In 1729 Jonathan Swift sarcastically presented a “modest proposal” in which he suggested that to combat the problem of poverty and overpopulation that the children of the poor could be sold for meat to the wealthiest of Englishmen, thus helping to provide the poor with a lucrative source of income and reduce the burden of the lower class. Perhaps his was the more sane suggestion.
Last week conversations erupted in regard to tiny little Amelia Rivera and her treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Amelia is nearly three-years-old and has a lower than average IQ and some developmental delay. She also has a rare condition called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome (WHS) that will soon require a kidney transplant. The entire Rivera family is eager to find a donor within their family in hopes of helping their little gift have a long and happy life. Yet tears still streamed from shocked faces as her parents talked with her doctor.
The sobs and jaw on the floor is in response to what the doctor just said. Apparently little Mia is not eligible for a transplant because she is too stupid. The doctor said it almost as delicately, suggesting that mental retardation excludes her from the transplant surgery, even if a donor is found within the family. The social worker seated next to the nephrologist suggested that with a life-long regiment of taking anti-rejection drugs, they cannot trust Mia to be able to care for herself as the reason to justify condemning her to death. The hospital has the resources to save Mia’s life, but they would rather see her die. Read more about this conversation.
While again reading The Magician’s Nephew, the first in the Chronicles of Narnia, I was once again struck by a scene that seems to suggest some curious perspective on our origins. The book is the first about Narnia (in terms of Narnian history) and presents the creation of the world with the song of the lion, Aslan, who Lewis uses as his representation of Christ. At one point Aslan has created the entire world, then calls forth two of each animal (male and female) and gives them the gift of language. They not only have the ability to speak, but they have knowledge to speak about as if they had spent time in classrooms for years.
Foregoing the interesting connections to the doctrine of election (one that Lewis strongly opposed), it is intriguing to think about a creature, just finding itself to exist, but having knowledge and “age.” How rarely do we talk about the first chapters of Genesis and think about how odd it is that God did not create seeds and eggs, but he created plants, fish, and birds.
Several years ago (not telling how many) I was at a hotel at the end of youth convention, awaiting our leaders to check out and the bus to arrive to whisk us back home. Since the convention was over there were so many people in the lobby that there were no places to sit. So I decided to lean against the glass wall at the front of the hotel for a good vantage point.
Suddenly I felt a full body WHACK! Startled I looked around and saw no one and nothing that could have done the damage. In fact there was no one even close. I thought nothing of it and continued to wait.