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The God Particle

posted Oct 16, 2013, 11:27 AM by First Baptist

The conventional understanding, among some, is that science DISPROVES or CONTRADICTS the Bible. Are you sure about that?


Last week, two scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of the “God particle.”


The two scientists actually made their discovery in 1963, but it wasn’t until last year that the discovery was confirmed by other scientists, in this case, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (or CERN).


What is the God particle?


I must confess that even the explanations written for laymen made my head hurt. Here’s the bottom line:


The God particle is the force that allows energy to assume mass and create matter.


The God particle discovery is an important step toward understanding the ORGIN of the universe (specifically, how something comes out of nothing). It also helps explain the PRESERVATION of the universe (how the universe holds together).


The Bible has always said there’s something holding the universe together. Actually, according to the Bible, it’s not something, but someone. Colossians 1:16-17 says:


For by him all things were created:…; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.


This verse reasserts Christ’s universal preeminence (he is before all things). It also says he acts as a kind of divine glue or spiritual gravity that holds creation together. God did not simply start things off and then withdraw from his creation; Christ continues to sustain the whole universe. As one theologian memorably put it, “He keeps the cosmos from becoming chaos.”


This applies to our personal lives as well. At times, life seems chaotic and out of control. Recently, a father was telling me how helpless he felt with respect to a problem one of his children is having.


We may feel that way, and indeed, plenty of things may be out of our control, but there’s not a single moment when our life (or the life of a loved one) is out of God’s control.


What it really comes down to is whether or not we will trust him with what is happening.


With appreciation,


Pastor Dan