Disclaimer – This post was written by and provided for the Forge by the permission of Anthony Nicholas. It is another perspective in the continued debate of the concept of God which links to the article There is a Third Choice (see Category Inspirations). Cover photograph also provided by Anthony Nicholas.
For thousands of years man has looked to the skies for answers, and even now with all of the technology that we possess as a planet, we still have more questions unanswered than answered.
Where did we come from? How did we get here?
Well if you have read my previous post about the meaning of life, then you will already have an idea that I am not a religious man. I am in no way a disbeliever, I keep an open mind about most things, but the whole concept that God made everything has, for me, been far outweighed by science.
I once had a sit down meeting with a Jehovah’s Witness leader. I was interested in what he had to say and how he would explain his beliefs in regards to the questions I would ask. He was more than friendly, he took me back to his home to meet his family and I settled in to one of his big comfy chairs with my ears wide open and my brain ready to take notes. If I had not known any scientific facts, then he would have sold it all to me that day, his words were compelling and his answers were drawing me in. He sat across from me with his eyes focused on mine, perhaps he could sense that I could understand his perspective. After he had finished I asked him one final question.
‘Science has gone so far as to prove that the whole universe was created by the big bang, how does this sit with your views on the creation of life?’
His answer was simple yet compelling.
‘I cannot believe that everything so perfectly formed could have been created from the Big Bang, just as you would not believe me if I said that my watch was created as a result of falling parts fitting together from the explosion of a watch factory, or that my home was built as a result of an explosion at the builders merchants.’
I went away that day thinking about what he had said; he was right. I would not have believed his watch or house was crafted in that way, and how could the universe have formed all of this from one explosion?
A few years later I was back on the case after watching a program on TV. The program was referring to the expansion of the universe. Two questions started rattling around in my head that I just could not comprehend. What was before the Big Bang? And how can the universe be infinite? Both of those questions on their own are hard enough to wrestle, but the two together started to drive me mad. Then I had a thought after something was mentioned on another program. They explained that eventually all of the black holes would consume all of the matter in the universe and could leave just one super black hole on its own, harbouring so much energy and resources that disaster would surely be imminent. Thinking logically about it all, and listening to many theories about the universe expanding and then contracting, this black hole theory made sense.
You have to ask the question – if the universe contracted and began to apply pressure to the super black hole, then a possible outcome surely could be a massive explosion? Which would again release everything that was once sucked in, back out into a brand new universe to start again.
You have to admit, even if you are not a believer in this theory, the argument is there to still be at least possible. Now rewind back to the watch and the house analogy that was used. It still seems very difficult to believe that everything could slot together for life to exist on this rock. Or does it? Going back to the expansion and contraction theory, this surely means that the universe is stuck in a loop, destined to keep resetting itself over and over again. Take time out of the equation, this constant resetting of the universe could have happened billions and billions of times. The probability of complex life forming on a planet might be extremely small but never the less it is still possible. If you had a dice and needed to roll a six, you could do it easily. If you had a hundred dice and needed to roll a six on each one at the same time, it would still possible, but would take many attempts. The same can be said for the universe, if you throw life building blocks out into space enough times, somewhere along the line they are going to sit together at exactly the right stages and begin to flourish.
I do not believe that a God created this world and then created us. I believe we are the product of a random course of events that could have been interrupted at any given point, but this time it was not, and we were left to continue untouched. Life may have even arrived crashing to earth on an asteroid or a comet, but this time everything was in place to help nurture it, to grow and evolve.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post as much as I have enjoyed writing it. It’s made me think back to many questions that I have asked myself along the way and has set my brain thinking again into the possibilities. I would love to see your thoughts or views so please comment and let me know.
Taken from the blog Our Boggled Mind written in December 2014 by Anthony Nicholas and edited April 2016 by Stuart McEwan.
This is an interesting addition to the everlasting debate of our origins and our desire to find some answers, some meaning to our collective existence. Look to the Forge in the future for more work from its author and a big thanks to Mr Nicholas for his contribution.
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