Sermon 12: Creation Or The Big Bang
In cosmology there are two predominant theories: The Big Bang Theory, and The Steady State Theory; with the Big Bang being the most popular and accepted of the two. This theory asserts that our universe emerged from an enormously dense, and hot state around thirteen and a half billion years ago. There is some disagreement on what that dense, hot state consisted of; however some believe it was some kind of gravitational singularity. Try to imagine all the matter in the universe collapsing into one great ball of tremendously dense reactive material. Eventually, critical mass is reached, and the singularity explodes, creating the universe as we know it.
The Steady State Theory speculates that new matter is continuously produced as the universe expands, in accordance to the Perfect Cosmological Principal. This principal states that the Universe is homogenous and isotropic in time and space (Looking the same in every direction is called isotropic, and looking the same at every point is called homogeneous). Cosmologists call this the assumption of maximal symmetry. However, with the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation in 1965 (a form of electromagnetic radiation that fills the entire universe), the Steady State Theory was all but abandoned.
Then, of course, we have String Theory; a mathematical entity used in representing elementary particles, such as gravitons, quarks, or leptons, in terms of a small yet finite string like object which exists in all four dimensions of spacetime, as well as additional, hypothetical, spacelike dimensions. This theory follows The Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM). Most of the mass of our universe appears in the form of “Dark Matter.” A prime candidate for dark matter composition is the Weakly Interactive Massive Particle, or WIMP. To explain the WIMP, one must look to Supersymmetry. The standard Supersymmetric model predicts the existence of Fermions (particles, such as electrons, protons, or neutrons, having half-integral spin and obeying statistical rules requiring that not more than one in a set of identical particles may occupy a particular quantum state), and Bosons (Any of a class of particles, such as photons, pions, or alpha particles, that have zero or integral spin and obey statistical rules permitting any number of identical particles to occupy the same quantum state). One prediction of string theory is that we should start to see evidence of symmetry, at higher energy scales, that gives each particle that transmits a force (Bosons) a partner particle that makes up matter (Fermions), and vice versa. Fermions or Neutralinos have enormous mass, and their interaction with other particles is very weak. Theoretically Neutralinos could significantly contribute to the mass of the universe without reflecting or emitting light. This makes them a prime candidate for the WIMP. However, proving this will be difficult, since Neutralinos are virtually undetectable. In spite of the buzz surrounding this scientific arena, String, and Superstring Theory remain in the hypothetical areas of science.
Both the Steady State Theory & String Theory suggest a universal expansion, similar to that of the Big Bang. So, why don’t we take a look at the Big Bang for a moment? A starting point from which collapsed matter is exploded outward suggests a center point of gravitational energy. If the universe were created from such an explosion, it would indicate that there is, in fact, a center of the universe; expansion suggests this as well. Anything that has a center, has boundaries from which that center is measured. Eventually, matter dispersed throughout the cosmos would reach those boundaries, and begin a slow return to the gravitational point of origin. Along with gravity, there are two other forces at work within a finite universe, subject to such boundaries. Those forces are time, and space. The existence of time and space suggests that our reality has both a beginning and an end; a point at which time is born, and a point at which it dies. The reason for this conclusion is elementary, if the universe were eternal; it would be timeless, and boundless. There would be no center, and time would not exist. And if time did not exist, space would cease to be as well, since time and space are relative. Still, evidence indicates a beginning and an eventual end to the universe.
The beginning should be of particular interest to you. Could our reality have come from nothing? Think about what that suggests. That at some point there was nothing, then some kind of cosmic anomaly occurred, after which, there was something. If you were to try and imagine nothing, you would fail, because your every thought is something. Endless white emptiness, a black void, they are both something. By definition, the word nothing means NO-thing; no matter, no energy, no gravity, no space, no time, no cosmic anomalies, and no thought. It is the absolute absence of all things; in other words, complete non-existence. Therefore, if no building blocks exist, how does something anomalous occur? The short answer is: It doesn't. There is no gray area regarding this topic; it is completely black and white. Because we begin and end, we tend to think in linear terms, but the true reality is far from linear. Since there would be no building blocks, no existence of any kind, the state of nothing could NEVER have existed. Which leads to one conclusion: something ALWAYS existed. That core force, or energy which provides the building blocks for everything, would have to be eternal, having no beginning and no end; suggesting that eternity does, in fact, exist.
Science describes eternity with the symbol of the figure eight. Such an example tells me that science does not understand the true nature of eternity. If you drive a car around a circular, or figure eight track, you could, with enough fuel, drive for the rest of your life. Science believes this is an adequate representation of eternity because your drive could, conceivably, have no end. By the same token, if you woke up every morning to experience the same day, over and over, forever; would that be an accurate representation of eternity? The Groundhog Day scenario is no different than the circular, or figure eight track. Once you return to your starting point, everything beyond that…is simply repetition. That is not eternity. The infinite CANNOT be defined in terms that you or I could understand. We have limitations, eternity does not. Our every thought is finite, and linear. Thought begins with an observation, an idea, or a question, and ends with a conclusion that brings the thought into focus. Our reality operates under similar principals of progression. It commences with a beginning, and concludes with an ending. At the crux of this progression is time and space. To us, it is the archetype of reality. We are not capable of thinking beyond the nature of our own paradigm. Even wormhole technology is bound by the principals of linear progression. Though it is possible to bend spacetime, the one doing the bending still begins at one point, and ends at another. Regardless of the starting point, or the destination, the journey must begin at point A, and end at point B.
The very nature of eternity requires no continual growth, as suggested by the Steady State Theory. Nor does it need to expand and collapse, as proposed by the Big Bang Theory. Eternity, that infinite something, would be in all places at once. Even that is an inaccurate description, since the word “places” suggests differing locations. This, in turn, suggests space, which requires time to go from one place to another. But then, that is all a linear mind can understand. For me to attempt to describe eternity, would be like a life form, living on an electron, trying to describe me. I can speculate, however, that the logical nature of eternity would be perfect in its timelessness and boundlessness. There would be no empty pockets of space between clusters of dying stars and planets. And how do we explain the matter that forms those planets and stars? Isn’t matter actually energy; molecules slowed to a point that they create the appearance of matter? Science believes this to be the case. Einstein developed his Theory Of Relativity around that model. So let me ask you a question that, I feel, has some logical relevance. If energy is the NATURAL state of matter, why is it not IN its natural state? Wouldn’t that make matter the “unnatural” state of energy? In spite of this, anti-creationists continue to believe that our reality developed naturally. Again, eternity is both timeless and boundless. Logically; it would not be bound to the unnatural state of matter. Yet, here we are; walking, talking globs of biological matter. And yet, we’re more than that, aren’t we?
How is it that we can refer to ourselves as we, us, me, or I? How can we ponder such questions as these? While other animals are asking: “Where will the next meal come from?” the human animal is looking up at the stars and asking: “Where did I come from?” We are aware of self, and it is that self-awareness which fuels our consciousness. Some scientists have given the name “sentient energy” to that consciousness. Since something cannot come from nothing, the components for sentient energy would have to be present within the eternal force, from which all things are made. Thus, eternity would also have consciousness. After all, what is the logical alternative to nothing? Nothing is the absence of everything; therefore everything is the opposite of nothing. If reason, sentience, or self-awareness exists, it had to be present within the building blocks. Therefore, if self-awareness is part of everything, eternity would also have sentience. This might explain how a linear reality could exist, when logic testifies that, left to mere chance, such a thing would be impossible. And if intelligence contributed to the structure of this reality, is it so hard to believe that primitive man might give that intelligence a name? Since humanity constantly seeks answers for things they do not understand, they would endeavor to put things into a perspective their minds could comprehend. If Abraham was told, in a dream, that Sodom and Gomorrah were to be destroyed by fire and brimstone, and it later came to pass, how would he explain that…prophetic intuition? Would he chalk it up to a lucky guess, or would he credit the prediction to an all-powerful God? Wouldn’t that also be done with every unexplained event throughout biblical history?
What of prophetic intuition? Wouldn’t that imply something more than just a lucky guess, when prophesies come true? Wouldn’t it suggest that we can see beyond the linear progression of time? In a finite reality, time creates itself from moment to moment; future events do not exist until they become present events. Seeing something before it happens would be impossible. However, if an eternal consciousness were present, it would not be bound by the linear progression of time. It would see, and think, everything all at once. Meaning, our reality will exist, does exist, and has existed collectively. Since time does not apply to a timeless eternity, the end and the beginning of a thought would exist simultaneously. Such a thought might introduce the illusion of linear progression into everything contained within it. If we are part of the thought, time will appear to progress from moment to moment. But every now and then, a prophetically intuitive dream, or mental image will give a select few, the ability to glimpse the future.
We do not think, or see everything collectively because our five senses operate in the same manner as time, taking us from point A to point B. Each of these perceptions has a beginning and an end. To illustrate my point, take in the fragrance of a rose. The scent enters through your sense of smell, but when you leave the presence of the rose bush, the flower’s fragrance becomes nothing more than a memory. The same applies to the flavor of Mom’s apple pie. The memory remains, but the taste fades after you’ve finished the pie. I recently visited Mount Rushmore, and marveled at the sight of such an enormous work of art. And though I have the photographs to confirm I was there, the actual sight has faded into memory. The same is true of the last song I listened to, and the last key I touched on the keyboard of this computer. The hypothetical sixth sense, on the other hand, operates somewhere outside the confines of basic linear progression. Some have seen events that have not yet occurred, while others relive past events that did not happen to them. If this sense is real, it suggests that we have the ability to pull pictures of past and future events into the present, giving the recipient the ability to see non-consecutive parts of a story at the same time.
On the 8th of June, 1992, I had a premonition of a motorcycle accident, which hadn’t happened yet. The vision was VERY specific; if I failed to wear my full face helmet, I would not survive. Three days later, to the hour, I was cut off by a car traveling at half my speed. I hit the highway at 70 mph, face first, and skidded for more than the length of a football field. My helmet looked like it had just gone fifteen rounds with an electric grinder. If I had not heeded my intuition, I would be dead. If our reality were the product of chance, and linear progression governed all things that would not have been possible. There are, in fact, a number of inconsistencies that don’t add up.
Years ago, I watched an episode of “That’s Incredible,” which presented a six, or seven year old girl, who lifted over two hundred pounds, to the astonishment of the viewing audience. Months earlier, she had wandered into the garage where her father was working out. For a while, she watched, unnoticed, while he lifted weights. Behind him was a curling barbell equipped with approximately 100 lbs of weight. The child decided to follow her father’s example, by lifting the discarded barbell. Her father heard the sound of the weights moving, and turned to find his little girl holding the 100 pound barbell above her head. After increasing the weight, and testing the child’s limits, he contacted That’s Incredible with the story. The program also featured A twenty something year old mother, who was unable to lift even 100 pounds but, after an accident overturned her car, managed to hoist the vehicle off of her trapped child, performing the act with one arm, while freeing her child with the other. I don’t care how much adrenalin you pump into your body, you could not duplicate something like that. Weight lifters tear muscles quite often, lifting far less weight, and studies have proven that adrenalin alone cannot explain such phenomenon.
Edward Leedskalnin, a 5-ft. tall, 100-lb. Latvian immigrant, built the Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida. Some of the stone blocks he used were heavier that those used to build the Great Pyramid. The man he sometimes hired to haul the stone blocks, revealed in an interview that Leedskalnin never did anything in his presence. He would ask him to take a walk when they arrived at each destination; when he returned from the walk, the blocks had already been loaded, or unloaded from his truck. He saw no equipment, and no tools with which to move the stones. Teenagers who lived nearby claimed that they saw Leedskalnin lay hands upon one of the blocks, and begin singing. They swore that the block levitated as he did this. During the years it took to build the Coral Castle, no neighbor ever saw any heavy equipment, and Leedskalnin never hired a single worker, to aid in the castle’s construction. Bearing that in mind, you should know that his moon carving weighs eighteen tons and the large obelisk weighs twenty eight tons. How does a 100-lb man, with tuberculosis build something like that?
If you believe in extra sensory perception, intuition, or prophecy, then you believe in something more than the natural progression of events. If you believe in the predictions of Nostradamus, Edgar Casey, Jean Dixon, Gordon Michael Scallion, Isaiah, Daniel, Timothy, or St. John the Devine, then you do not believe in the linear passing of time. To believe in possibilities, such as seeing temporal events before they happen, is to believe that those events could be pre-conceived. And to entertain a notion like that, whether you are willing to admit it or not, is to believe that some force, outside the constraints of time, is at work. If that is true, then time is nothing more an illusion.
The point is this: our universe cannot have randomly come into being on its own. Something cannot emerge from nothing, and the finite cannot evolve independently within the infinite. You have every right to question your existence; that is simply part of the discerning nature of sentient thought. However, if you cannot adequately prove wrong the points raised in this blog, then don't let pride cause you to scoff at, or ignore them. The wise person is always looking for answers to help in understanding the questions that fill his or her mind. If those answers lead away from earlier conclusions, the wise person is not too proud to follow where those answers lead. The proud person, on the other hand, develops paradigms based on incomplete research, believing themselves intelligent enough to fill in the gaps. When evidence presents itself, which suggests that his paradigm may be wrong, the proud person rejects it. I’ve no doubt that some will dismiss the ideas I’ve conveyed here. My only request is that you follow the LOGICAL path, and keep your mind open to all possibilities, even when they conflict with your present paradigm.
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