Recently from Pastor Andy…
I don’t know if any of you read or heard in the news that scientists believe to have found the “God Particle.” With this discovery they think they can begin to solve the fundamental riddle that the universe was created out of nothing by the Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago. Scientists at the Geneva based European Organization for Nuclear Research, (ironically the same place that John Calvin constructed the five tenets of faith), have announced that they have found what appears to be a Higgs boson, or the God particle.
What is a Higgs boson? It’s a subatomic particle that helps explain why matter has mass, acting as a gathering point for tiny basic building blocks to form into atoms. They hope this discovery will help explain the formation of the universe. It is said that 1 in 1 million sub-atomic collisions to produce a God particle.
What could this mean for those of faith and believe that: Genesis 1:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth?What does this new discovery of a scientific explanation of how the universe was created, do to affirm or deny the existence of a providential and active God?
Well it doesn’t. Scientific discoveries have long been beneficial in aiding humanity to live easier and more productive lives. To discover cures for diseases and to construct things that assist humanity to remain safe from natural disasters, but science has to be able to explain why. Why the universe and our world were created? Why we live and seek to know and understand more about creation? It’s because we have not been able to look deeply into the mystery of God, the mystery of God’s love for humanity, and humanity’s desire to be drawn into God’s presence.
A complete understanding of how the universe was created in less important than looking to figure out why the universe was created. Humanity’s desire to learn more about the mystery of “why” seems only to draw us closer to God, our creator. Why God created, why God redeems humanity, and why God sustains us in our earthly home.
When my time comes to stand before God, I know that the questions that I have will be less about how and more about why? Why the love of God is so great that he came to redeem us as Jesus Christ.