God Is Not a Particle

A graphic showing traces of collision of particles at the Compact Muon Solenoid at Universe of Particles exhibition of the the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, where scientists believe they have identified the location of the Higgs boson, an elusive subatomic particle that is thought to be a basic building block of the universe. Source: AFP

With the recent announcement of its possible discovery, the scientific world has me trying to understand their search for “the God particle.” The Higgs boson particle is the hoped for answer to why there is mass and weight in the universe. The ultimate quest is to find an elegant mathematical equation that explains all of the components of our universe. It’s called the General Theory of Relativity. It was Albert Einstein’s life quest to complete the equation. The Higgs particle just may help do that, or not.

The implication of this is that all understanding of the substance of the universe can be reduced to mathematics. This universe is so intricately and delicately precise that it can be explained with a mathematical certainty like 2 + 2 always equals 4. This means that everything is running by means of a perfect mathematical formula. E=MC² is an elegant equation. Is the universe just a big computer program running its course? Are people just observers of their own mathematical destinies with pre-programmed lives without free choice or ultimate hope?

God is not a particle. God is the fabric of the universe. Colossians 1:16-17 says, “. . . all things were created by (Christ) and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” So ultimately this is a scientific and theological discussion about origins and “in the beginning.” God’s people do not need to fear science, mathematics or physics. Science is a quest for truth. Jesus once said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Are these scientists inadvertently trying to prove God? Are they ultimately searching for the tiniest piece of God that is woven into every single atom in all of creation?

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Glory in God’s creation. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

For a deeper explanation view The God Particle Explained by physicist Brian Greene: http://www.aspenideas.org/session/god-particle

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