A Whole Universe – Is it by accident or by design?

That is the foundational question.  Not just the existence of planet Earth which holds a thriving ecosystem of life.  I mean to question the nature of matter, the properties of the vacuum of space and dimensionality of space-time itself! 

Around the time when Einstein first published his historic papers on Special Relativity, many scientists believed the universe had no beginning; assuming it is infinitely old.  In fact, Einstein was trying to conform to that conventional belief when he introduced a factor called the “Cosmological Constant” into his formulae.  Later he admitted that this addition was the biggest mistake of his career. [1]

Now, of course, just about all scientists agree that our Universe had a beginning most believing in some variation of the Big Bang Theory; all matter in the universe existed in a tiny speck, smaller than the period at the end of a sentence. ¶

http://mysteriesoftheuniverse.info/images/Ch3/PoolBallsBreak1.jpgThen it exploded!

The “Big Bang”?

In fact, years ago, I used this question to open conversations about the origin of the universe.  I would ask someone, “Have you ever heard about the ‘Big Bang’ Theory”.   Usually, just about everyone had at least heard about it.  Then I would ask, “Isn’t it similar to when the BREAK happens on a pool table, and all the balls fly-off in every direction?”

Invariably, the people would say, “Yes” and would sometimes add, “but a LOT bigger.”

“So …who or what hit the cue ball?”

This is what philosophers and scientists call the “First Cause” that created the “effect” we call our Universe.  It has been a subject of debate for generations.  Two opposing schools of thought pertaining to the origin of the universe are:

  (1) That some mindless, purposeless, series of cosmic accidents is responsible for this universe we live in.  (Infinite dependent regress; infinite prior dependencies needed to account for prior dependencies is not the solution, it IS the problem.)

  (2) That an eternally existent, Supreme Being: with unfathomable depth of understanding, with purposeful intent applied His infinite wisdom to the design and implementation of this Universe.

The minimum requirements of a Creator

In the many years that I studied Biblical apologetics, perhaps the best presentation on Creation was Dr. Mark Eastman’s lecture, “The Cosmos and the Creator”.  He asks a very interesting series of questions that outline four minimum attributes of a Creator:

(1) Space-time “itself” would be a product of the creation process, the Creator would, therefore, “transcend” space-time.   In other words, The Creator MUST have been, is, and continues to be eternal – meaning He has no beginning!  Also, while acting from outside our Space-Time domain, He would constructively influence structuring energy into matter.

(2) An effect is never greater than its cause.  The Creator would, necessarily, be powerful enough to bring all the matter in the universe into existence.  Einstein’s famous formula, E=Mc2, would indicate that an astronomically enormous amount of energy was needed to create the planets and stars in all the galaxies in the universe.  The Creator would possess virtually infinite power, thus being All-Powerful.

(3)   The Creator would have a depth of intelligence, enough to provide the information needed to engineer the genetic structures of all life forms.  The Creator must be able to arrange matter to construct amino acid molecules, enzymes, DNA molecules and the information sequencing that defines the genetic programming of various life forms.  The level of intelligence required is beyond the sum total understanding of the entire human race, even through-out history!  The Creator would have to be All-Knowing.

(4)  The Creator would have the capacity to understand and experience emotions of love, happiness and sadness, able to appreciate humor and sarcasm in order to design personal beings such as ourselves.  He must be a personal Being.

(5) Bonus Attribute: The Creator, in order to prophesize the future, would be able to perceive everything happening.  He would have to see everywhere at once.

So the Creator would be a Transcendent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, personal Being.  This describes the God of the Bible!

·    Transcendent: Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, 2Tim 1:9 …before time began.

·    Omnipotent: Jer 32:17 Ah Oh Lord GOD! Behold thou has made the heavens and the Earth by thy great power and stretched out arm and there is nothing too hard for thee.

·    Omniscience: Ps 147:5 Great is our Lord and of great power, his understanding is infinite.

·    Omnipresence: Jer 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Says the LORD, Do not I fill heaven and earth? Says the LORD.


 

If Not by Accident then: Mathematician, Scientist and Creative Artist

http://mysteriesoftheuniverse.info/images/Ch3/MonaLisa_ArtLib1.jpgLeonardo da Vinci, (1452-1519), incorporated the depth of his understanding of mathematics and science in his art.  Many have studied his techniques used in his most famous paintings.  The Mona Lisa is a superb example of three techniques: (1) The use of the Golden Ratio[2], φ, framing key features spiraling out from the nose, face, head. He continues this method, out to the “height to width” ratio of the entire painting. (2) The use of subtle transitions between color areas, creating delicately smoky effects, called sfumato. (3) Also a technique of modeling and defining forms through contrasts of light and shadow, called chiaroscuro; of which Leonardo was one of the first great masters.  Leonardo was also among the first artists to introduce atmospheric perspective into his landscape backgrounds.[3]

http://mysteriesoftheuniverse.info/images/Ch3/WhirlpoolGalaxy46pct.jpgThe author views the universe as a work of art, painted with the full electro-magnetic spectrum of light on a quantum woven canvas of space-time.  This artistic creation illustrates the Artist’s unfathomable depth of scientific and mathematical understanding using modeling techniques “defining forms through contrasts” in light and shadow.

Not only an Artist, but a Poet as well…

Having an external perspective of any problem or situation is not just helpful, it’s necessary.    Viewing this world as an outside observer will help to understand it.  As Shakespeare expressed it:

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts, …”[4]

The roles we play in life, the things we learn along the way, and how we apply our gifts can either accomplish a higher purpose or lead to the contrary.[5]  When we seek God’s wisdom and align our hearts with the will of God taking faithful actions, then we are contributing to God’s Kingdom.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Eph 2:10

The word “workmanship”, translated from the Greek word ποίημαpoiēma”, is where we get our word for poem.  God is weaving poetry into this dynamic tapestry of creation by the subtle yet persistent work of His Spirit flowing in and through the lives of those who put their trust in Him.   That’s how He accomplishes making “all things work together for the good for those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)  Everyone who is called of God has a purpose to fulfill in this life; each of our lives can contribute a verse to this Great Poem. 

God’s eternal perspective gives him the ability to see the whole cosmos across the entire span of time in a single glance.  Furthermore, His ability to see plainly into the hearts of all mankind, to view their motives and how those motives manifest as thoughts, gives Him the soundest judgment imaginable. 

History will play out the Great Chess game -- good versus evil.  Those who believe the lies and devote themselves to deeds of darkness are playing the role of chess pieces making moves for the Father of Lies.  God, on the other hand, can see so many moves ahead that He has already won – in fact “Checkmate!” was called almost 2,000 years ago!  Those faithful chess pieces that obey His calling cooperate with His plan to redeem lost territory.  They participate in God’s plan to saves souls from deceptive control.    The fields are ripe for harvest, those workers faithful to God’s calling store up riches for themselves in heaven.

 


 



[1] The author believes it was not Einstein’s biggest mistake, the Cosmological Constant rates as his 2nd biggest mistake.  His #1 mistake was NOT taking the Hebrew Scriptures seriously enough.  Had he done so, he would have easily overcome the, then, prevalent belief in an infinitely old universe.  Then He could have gone on to discover the findings I present in Genesis Cosmology.

[2] Phi, φ is the solution to the quadratic x2 + x = 1;  x = (1±√5) /2 = (1.6180339887… , 0.6180339887…)

[3] Encarta® 98 Desk Encyclopedia © &  1996-97 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

[4] The People's Chronology is licensed from Henry Holt and Company, Inc. Copyright © 1995, 1996 by James Trager. All rights reserved.

[5] Increased entropy means more towards randomness -- meaning towards disorder, lower organization.