Big Bang Theory?
Eddie Redmayne is in the news for receiving two prestigious best film actor awards - firstly from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and secondly from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, commonly known as the Oscars Academy. He portrayed Stephen Hawking in the film, ‘The Theory of Everything’.
Stephen is both a physicist and cosmologist. He has devoted his life to working on theories explaining the origin of the universe and the nature of life. As far as I understand it, these theories substantiate his belief that there are four forces underpinning existence. He also believes there is a single, over-arching theory, a ‘Theory of Everything’, upon which the other theories can hang. It has been his quest to discover this fundamental theory. He thinks it will provide a definitive answer to the question of how the universe came into being.
Time is running out for him. Not only is he getting older, but he suffers from a rare and crippling form of motor neuron disease.
Sadly, many people are like Stephen. They spend their entire lives asking wrong questions, and it’s no surprise when they come up with irrelevant answers. Instead of asking, “How?” the question should be, “Why?” “Why am I here?” Not ‘”How am I here?”
Theories of general relativity, quantum field technology, super symmetry, and the like, will never tell us why we are here. Spending billions on the Large Hedron Collider in Switzerland to discover a missing particle in support of a theory will not tell us why we are here, nor will it tell us the truth that we are more than a collection of chemicals, neutrons and protons. We already know this to be true. We are more than mere matter.
Physicists like Hawkins dedicate their lives to seeking the origin of the universe on the premise that they are rational human beings able to find the answer. At the same time they may acknowledge they have a conscience, and claim to know the difference between right and wrong, but to believe there is life beyond death - that is another matter! To accept they have a soul or a spirit that will live beyond death, they completely deny.
If they know the difference between right and wrong, and if they have a conscience, why do they not ask questions such as: “Why am I as I am?” “Why do I do things I’m ashamed of?” “Why can I reason?” “Why do I have feelings?” and “Why am I here?”? If they are of God’s elect, He will provide them with the answers and He will reveal Himself to them.
He does this through the revelation of His Son Jesus, and by the power of the Holy Spirit who speaks through God’s reference book, the Bible. This is not a dissertation of theories purporting to provide scientific answers as to how the world came into being, but it does give us God’s answers as to why He created it and why He created us. It tells of His wondrous love through the provision of His Son who suffered, died and rose again to bring us to Himself to love and adore Him for ever.
There is nothing theoretical about the words of Jesus. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)