Saturday, July 7, 2012

The God Particle

A few days ago the news papers and the evening news broadcasts were all abuzz about the great discovery scientists are calling the "God particle."

Using the large Hadron Collider, they sent protons whizzing around a circular 17-mile underground tunnel along the French-Swiss border at almost the speed of light.  Out of some 500 trillion collisions, a few dozen produced "events" during which they observed (but observed was put in parentheses in their own report, and in fact they did not actually see it, but saw something they then interpreted to be evidence of this particle) which they then proclaimed was the "missing cornerstone of science."

Two different research teams connected to CERN (the European Center for Nuclear Research) announced that after decades of searching, they believe they have located the missing subatomic link in the creation of the universe.  Sort of.

It is called the Higgs-boson, and while they are not sure this is actually "it", they know they saw something and they think this may be it.

The alleged Higgs-boson particle cannot be seen or felt, or weighed or measured, unless what they glimpsed for a few micro-seconds the other day was actually "it"; but they are all excited and think they have just about figured out how the whole universe got going.

An yet, some of these same scientists, if one were to tell them about a God who created the universe, would rebutt with "but you have no proof, we cannot see it, we cannot weigh it or measure it."  Uh-huh.

Nevertheless, they would, with their well-meaning but incomprehensible arrogance, try to set the whole world a twitter with something they cannot "prove", and which neither they nor we can see or feel, and they are not even sure what it is.  Astounding, isn't it?

Here is something to consider.  God's word referred to subatomic particles thousands of years before the first microscope was invented, and it described how God used them in the creation process.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:3 NIV)  An older version says that what is visible was made from what is invisible.

We see matter and mass.  But matter is comprised of atomic and subatomic particles which we cannot see.  What is seen is made out of what is not seen, just as His Word tells us.

The scientific community is likening this "discovery" to Newton's explanation of gravity. Before his theory, they knew things stuck together, but they could not figure out how.  Gravity explained that.

Yes, it does, physically speaking.  But again, God's word had explained it long before Newton was in nappies.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17 NIV)  Again, the old KJV used the term "adhere".  God created the "glue" (gravity) that holds our world together.

Truly, the point is not  to disparage scientific research, as it has given us many wonderful discoveries which make our everyday lives immensely better.  My point is that we humans can be a little bit childish when we think we have suddenly explained the universe to each other. We are like a toddler finding an ant, presenting it to his parents, and then thinking he has just explained all of nature, if he only knew how to talk.

While we can certainly "agree to disagree" respectfully about various view points on the details of the creation process, I'm thinking we might want to listen more often to the Creator.
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Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Me, I'm planning to practice my listening skills.  Until next time ~ Marsha


  1. I agree with much of what you write in this post, "a toddler finding an ant", that's good!
    I walk in faith.

  2. I walk in faith as well. God is GOD and I am NOT! Great post!

  3. So very well said, my friend.

  4. You summarized my feelings precisely! I've heard about it and read about it too... and felt the same things you've expressed. How feeble the very 'best' of man's efforts are, and our intelligence is not ours anyway... all of it was made by a God who surely must shake his head at some of man's feeble attempts to theorize and explain creation.

  5. You explained this so very well and I agree whole heartedly with you.
    People often think they can disprove the Bible, only to discover later
    That their thoughts were flawed.

  6. I read about this scientific discovery recently. You expressed so wonderfully much of what I was feeling. You do have a great way with words.

  7. I loved it when someone recorded the frequency produced by the stars and boasted that each star has a song proving the truth of the scripture that "the morning stars sang together."