The esteemed scientist Julie Andrews said in the Sound of Music, “Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could.” I believe she had more understanding of the scientific law of cause and effect than most evolutionist scientists today. Even the concept of “nothing” cannot be fathomed by the human mind. Of course that doesn’t stop scientists from trying to explain it.
First of all, pause and ponder the idea of “nothing.” The word is made up of two words, “no” and “thing.” Webster has a two-inch long definition of the word “thing” and the best I can gather from it is that a thing is an entity, idea, or quality that exists. So the word “nothing” means a condition in which there is no existence of any entity, idea, or quality. In other words it is a total lack of existence.
No atoms, molecules, matter, cells, light, living things, non-living things, people, planets, stars, galaxies, or anything else your mind can perceive. “Nothing” even excludes the notion of space because space is something because light is able to travel through it. Nothing—no God, no Creator, or anything He has created. Nothing—not even the idea of thought, because thought must come from a mind and in nothing a mind cannot exist. The idea of nothing is unfathomable perhaps because it is impossibility.
And yet scientists are continuously postulating their hypotheses about how the Big Bang, their pet idea, came into existence from nothing. If we do not believe that there is a realm of existence that is beyond our ability to comprehend, then we are left talking and thinking ourselves into a vicious circle of reasoning that will simply leave us dizzy and confused.
In an April, 2012 BBC documentary, “What Happened before the Big Bang?” several well known experts in the field of physics put forth their ideas trying to answer the question of the documentary. Listening to their postulations is like trying to follow the famous Abbot and Costello comic routine, “Who’s on First?” It leaves your mind boggled and still confused.
Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at City University responded, “So for me the universe did not come from absolute nothing—that is a state of no equations, no empty space, no time; it came from a pre-existing state—also a state of nothing.” Dr. Kaku cannot fathom a true nothingness and so he postulates that there was some kind of “pre-existing state” that also is a “state of nothing.” Huh?
Dr. Param Singh, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada remarked, “Instead of emerging from nothing, our universe owes its existence to a previous one that had the misfortune to collapse in on itself.” He goes on to say, “So the Big Bang was not a bang at all. It was rather a big bounce.” Dr. Singh enlightens us with the knowledge that the universe emerged from a previous universe “that collapsed in on itself.” He refers to this as the “big bounce” as opposed to the Big Bang. That helps a lot!
Professor Lee Smolin, a researcher at the Perimeter Institute said, “Before the big bang there was another universe much like our own. In that universe was a big cloud of gases. It collapsed to form a massive star. That star exploded.” So, here we have a preexisting universe with gases that collapsed to form a humungous star that became the thing that exploded in the Big Bang to form our universe. I wonder what scientists in that universe were saying to explain its existence!
Round and round we go with one mind-boggling explanation after another without anyone explaining the cause that resulted in the effect we see. These are apparently the greatest minds in the area of physics in the world today and this is the best they can do.
The host of this BBC documentary concluded about these ideas, “They would be easier to dismiss as the half-baked musings of the lunatic fringe were it not for the fact that some of the very people who constructed the everything-from-nothing big bang model are themselves starting to dismantle it.”
Yes, the very people who proposed the Big Bang are now reasoning themselves out of it because they cannot answer the question, “What happened before the Big Bang?” In other words, they cannot answer the question, “What is the Cause of all of the effects we see using scientific observation?” The answers end up being less than scientific to say the least.
Creationists have the simple answer. There is an eternal God who created all things out of nothing. The writer of the Book of Hebrews in the Bible wrote, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Heb. 11:3). In other words, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).
Of course this is the big roadblock to people of disbelief. To acknowledge God would be to acknowledge that there is a divine person who purposed them as well and He expects us to respond to Him. The bigness of the universe demands a Creator bigger than the creation.
That, my friends, is very big. He would have to be a being that is independent of the effect of creation. He would have to be an infinitely powerful God who transcended time and space and came before all the “things” we see. He would have to be a spiritual being, One who is not bound by the “things” and He would have to be a person because the personhood we see in humanity had to have an origin.
Unbelievers will then ask, “But what caused God?” Scientists are left with a dead end at the point of explaining the Divine Origin. We have believe in God know that He is past finding out with the human mind. This demands the human spirit, that candle within us that is capable of knowing Him and being lit by His fire.
The Bible says that He has placed eternity inside of us. King Solomon wrote, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, without which he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”(Eccl. 3:11). Julie Andrews was right, “Nothing comes from nothing.”
No man can fathom this eternal God or His creation with mere human reasoning. But He has made it possible for us to know Him and the greatness of His creation. It would be good to get to know this amazing God.