My father has been pondering science for most of his life, but he is equally passionate about the existence of God. With the advent of new technology which highlights even moreso the wonders of our Universe today, than it has in the past, it is a wonder people’s faith have not be strengthened further.
Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) “God created everything by number, weight, and measure. In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence. I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.”
Charles Robert Darwin (1809 – 1882) “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity… are being evolved.”
Max Planck (1858 – 1947) “Both religion and science require a belief in God. For believers, God is in the beginning, and for physicists. He is at the end of all considerations… To the former He is the foundation, to the latter, the crown of the edifice of every generalized world view. There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other.”
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) “The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books – a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.”
From my father’s experience, science cannot ever become a barricade for scientists who are Christian or for Christians in general, unless of course these individuals themselves do not have solid faith in God. My father is a scientist that respects science wholly, but does not follow blind science that is – both – illogical and contrived for the wrong purpose.
Our Universe however, is definitely 13.7 billion years. The Universe is not 6,000 years old as the Old Testament says, or as Young Creationists imply. Let’s be realistic, Young Creationists have a misconception of the age of the Earth and Universe. God did not create this Universe a short time ago; it was a long time ago. We know this fact from science. In fact I agree with my father, in that, we subscribe fully to the New Testament – that is the Bible Jesus had his disciples write with his guidance.
As Lord Kelvin advocated often, that to study the scientific laws was one of the noblest privileges God afforded to us. Scientists should not be arrogant and use the knowledge to falsely present facts that are biased to suit personal beliefs, whatever they are. A critical qualifier is that, if one is to be credible, then the observations, measurements, conclusions, hypotheses, and theories must be reported in an objective, unbiased, and impersonal fashion so that they are not misconstrued by either the person reporting them or the person trying to grasp them. Scientists, philosophers, and theologians alike gain authority not through the presentation of arguments slanted to strengthen their cases, but by providing reasoned, balanced, and logical presentation of their ideas. We should therefore acknowledge the fundamental laws of physics alongside the existence of the Universe etc as purposeful, rather than coming into being by random and by chance.
Not all scientists do not believe in God, in fact there are many who do. The scientists that negatively use science and its data to speak up against God tend do so by formulating their theories in a contrived way. This is not without difficulty though by employing transparent mathematics and physics. Professor Dawkins, Professor Krauss, and even Professor Hawking, and many others are prime examples of atheist physicists who in many ways try to change long held laws such as that of the first and second law of thermodynamics that have been around for decades, and are not theories, but solid laws in science. These ‘scientists’ are essentially violating respectable laws of physics and science.
The mathematics and physics tell us concretely, that it is virtually impossible for anything to randomly just pop into existence out of nothingness. How can something come from nothing? Einstein himself rejected Quantum physics, and he was quoted as saying that he would prefer to think that the Moon is there even when he is not looking at it. Einstein is famously quoted as saying that “God does not play dice,” in other words, there should be some solid predictability. Quantum physics has bettered our lives, but we should not allow it to dictate to us on a philosophical basis, any nonsense about the possibility of our existence out of pure randomness. Quantum has contributed to our lives immensely – the technology such as GPS’, iPhones etc, but it cannot disprove God’s existence ever. Einstein has famously said that “science without religion is lame, [and] religion without science is blind.” In fact the general theory of relativity, which Einstein taught us, clearly spells out that at the beginning of time, or at least as far back as we can go, to the point of the singularity which is the point at which the Universe began that all the laws of physics break down at this point.
The commencement of the Universe, a finite time ago, 13.7 billion years ago has been concluded emphatically and agreed upon by all scientists and physicists. However, many atheist scientists do not like this scenario, as the Universe points to a beginning, and all beginnings have endings too. Beginnings and endings are linked, but what it implies is that there exists deity – a Creator – God. We only know what happened since after the Big Bang at 10-43 seconds, that is 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 (42 zeros followed by 1 – that is a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second) – such a short time, and we call this Planck’s time, because it is very, very short. The mathematics tells us this. We do not know what happened before this miniscule origin of time. However, space and time can only have existed at that Planck time and not before. God did not exist in time, he is outside of time. He has always been in existence, and always will exist – God is eternal. Most scientists now are now also supporting the notion that there must be a Creator, since the physics cannot hide this reality. The more we delve into the fundamentals, the more we are seeing God.