On Tuesday the headlines of the major news networks and journals read – “Physicists Close in on the God Particle.” Scientists believe they are about to prove what happened a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.
When I saw this message come across the bottom of the TV screen I was enthralled. I remembered hearing something about this in the past, but I had not paid attention. As soon as I had an opportunity, I started reading the various articles on the subject.
This is an extremely challenging topic, but I am going to do my best to provide you with a very brief explanation of this breaking news.
Switzerland scientists announced that they are on the brink of discovering the fundamental secrets to the creation of the universe – known as the Higgs boson particle. Physicists believe it is this particle that gives everything in the universe its mass.
This hypothetical theory was first described in 1964 by physicist Peter Higgs. Informally it is called the “God Particle”. Hearing that this particle may exist has the scientific community filled with excitement.
Buried deep underground near the French-Swiss border is a particle accelerator called a collider. Inside this 18-mile tunnel beams of protons – sub-atomic particles – are smashed together at almost the speed of light. Scientists believe this “smashing” of protons will recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang.
Amazing, how did they determine this is what happened right after the Big Bang?
Okay, so, just for a moment let’s consider they are right, that this subatomic particle does exist, would it shake my faith? Absolutely not! Who do they think would have created this particle?
Science and faith are not mutually exclusive. Consider the molecule that holds all animal bodies together – Laminin – a protein component of connective tissue that promotes cell adhesion. In other words, it is the glue that holds our bodies together. The Laminin molecule is like rebar used in the foundation of a building.
The mind-blowing thing is that the Laminin structure is shaped like a cross. This I do not believe is an accident. Louie Giglio, Pastor of Passion City Church in Roswell, Georgia describes this best and I hope you take the time to see his incredible video on how we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
What is the lesson we can learn from Tuesday’s announcement that they had found signs of the Higgs boson or the God particle? That “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” How He did this I don’t know, but clearly the voice of the Lord formed this vast universe and on that I stand firm.