Why Did the Universe “Bang?”

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

It is by faith that we understand that the universe was created by God’s word. Hebrews 11:3 (GNT)

REFLECTION:

I am a science guy.

I’m no professional; I would count as an armchair physicist (think of the phrase “armchair quarterback” for someone who watches, but doesn’t play the game). I love reading books and articles about the newest advances in astrophysics (the study of the very large) and quantum dynamics (the study of the very small). Over the last few years, I have become fascinated with something called String Theory, a set of proposals that has the ultimate hope of uniting the math that describes both large and small scale science.

One of the implications of String Theory is a new idea about how the “Big Bang” happened.

It turns out that the Big Bang theory we have all heard of has a bit of a blind spot…what caused the bang? The science points to this fraction of a second of unimaginable expansion of the universe following the “bang,” but has nothing to say about why the bang happened in the first place. String Theory proposes an idea that I find beautiful…

The idea is that our known universe is just one of many, parallel universes that exist. We can kind of picture it as though each universe exists on a sheet of paper, and these various sheets of paper float very, very near each other. Usually, they do not touch. But one time many years ago, they did…and that momentary crash caused the “bang” that flooded this realm with energy, light, and the building blocks of life.

To come back to faith, I simply love the idea that a parallel realm crashed into ours for just a second, flinging energy and light that now makes up every one of the molecules in my body and in the laptop on which I type these thoughts. I love the thought that God speaks the world into existence. I love that these are just two different ways of describing the same reality…

As you read this, turn toward wherever the sun is. Feel the warmth coming from it. Know that God breaks into this world to bring light and life…in creation, and in re-creation. Know that wherever you need God to break into your realm, new life is coming.

PRAYER:

God, when we contemplate the science of the universe, we are drawn back to your love. We cannot calculate the power or energy of what we call the “Big Bang,” but help us to trust that same force of love is present in our lives today. Break in…in ways we sense and in ways we don’t…and help us trust your Love. Amen.

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