Monday, March 26, 2018

Genesis 1:1-3 GOD as The Theory of Everything


KEY TEXT: Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said,"Let there be light"; and there was light. 

KEY THOT: These first few verses of the OT Scripture provide the foundation for all theological reflection and astronomical science. If life on earth is to have any meaning, it must be able to answer the first-order question: "Where did life come from?" Genesis 1 provides us the answer. This question is most relevant in view of the recent passing of the great theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking on 14 March. Using mathematics, he concluded that this space-time Universe began as a "singularity" - a single point of space-time mass-energy that exploded in an instantaneous moment to form the Universe as we know it today. According to Hawking, this took place some 15 billion years ago. 

He concluded from his mathematics that the universe came into existence literally out of nothing. But as an atheist, Stephen Hawking rejected the idea of a Creator but instead made the astounding (unscientific) statement that the Universe came into being out of nothing: that nothing created something!

Hawking also spent many fruitless years trying to find one comprehensive equation that would explain everything in the Universe--his so-called Theory of Everything. Now that he has passed from this space-time world and entered into God's eternity, it would be safe to say that he has finally found his answer to explain everything: viz., GOD. If he had accepted Scripture as God's revelation, he would have known what all believers have known all along: that the Theory of Everything is not a mathematical formula but a Person, viz., Jesus Christ himself: "For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him (Christ) all things hold together" (Colossians 1:16-17). 

The biblical worldview begins with a Universe that has a beginning (which is consistent with Stephen Hawking's physics). This beginning did not just bring into existence matter and energy--it also created time. For this to happen, the Creator must dwell outside this space-time Universe-box. Scripture tells us that the Creator dwells in the realm of "eternity". Eternity is not just a realm where time lasts forever--rather eternity is the realm where time has no meaning, where our earth-bound concept of time as a linear past-present-future flow does not exist.

Everything inside this space-time universe would need to be created because the existence of time makes it a necessary condition. It is therefore a wrong question to ask, "Who created God?" For God who dwells outside of this space-time  Universe, this is an irrelevant question. That is why Hawking's statement that Universe needs no Creator because something can come out of nothing is the dumbest statement ever made by him. He rejects a Creator because he refuses to submit to a God who is sovereign over his life. Perhaps, his physical deterioration due to the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) might have coloured his worldview

But Genesis 1:1 states unequivocally that "In the beginning (of time), God created the heavens and the earth (Universe)." And this God is not some impersonal Principle or Mind, but was revealed in John chapter 1 as the Word (Christ) who was made flesh in the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:1-3, 14).

If this Universe is created by a Personal God, who is loving and holy, then it must have meaning and purpose. Science can only answer the questions of "How?", "When?" and "What?" but it cannot answer the questions of "Why" and "Who?" And when scientists stray into the last two questions of "Why?" (purpose) and "Who?" (meaning), they are speaking from their own faith-assumptions, not from Science. 

Even though Science cannot provide us the answers to the questions of purpose and meaning of life, it can still point us to the Creator if our hearts are open. Paul asserts this truth in Romans 1:18-20, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

As we embark on this journey of discovery of the Why and Who questions through the Old Testament, may we find the answers to these fundamental questions of life that Science cannot provide the answer.

Abba-Father, may Your Holy Spirit guide us as we work through the key passages of the OT that speaks of Christ's pre-existence. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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