Thursday, September 11, 2008

God and the Large Hadron Collider

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 NIV

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6 NIV

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 2 Peter 3:5 NIV
Yesterday, the multi-billion-dollar Large Hadron Collider (LHC), billed as “the greatest experiment of all time” was turned on for the first time, making news around the world. What is the LHC and why is it considered so important? According to

It smashes together particles smaller than atoms at near-lightspeed to break them down into their constituent parts and recreate conditions which existed fractions of a second after the Big Bang.

Scientists hope the £4.4 billion project will help them understand how the universe was created and find "missing" particles which are thought to exist but have never been observed, including the Higgs boson, nicknamed the "God particle".

Science Daily explains that the LHC is:

...expected to help answer questions such as: Are there undiscovered principles of nature? What is the origin of mass? Do extra dimensions exist? What is dark matter? How can we solve the mystery of dark energy? And how did the universe come to be?

Look at the photo and notice the man standing at the bottom in the centre. This enormous tunnel travels in a 17-mile-long circle underground, starting in Geneva, Switzerland and crossing into France before returning again to Geneva.

Chris Matyszczyk protests that the LHC must be stopped in an article that amused me:

I am not an intelligent designer. Nor am I a resident of France or Switzerland.

But this Large Hadron Collider experiment, in which particles are breaking the speed limit somewhere beneath the French/Swiss border and then crashing into each other like teenage drunks in fairground bumper cars scares the semi-comatose bejaysus out of me.

These scientists claim to know what they are doing. But scientists always claim to know what they are doing. Then they discover, while doing the thing that they claim to know they are doing, that they are doing something entirely different.

Is any government monitoring these people? What if the Alps are suddenly sent into orbit by two particularly control-free particles and land square on top of, I don't know, Cleveland?

I myself am no scientist and had no idea this tool was being built until I saw the Google Doodle yesterday and decided to investigate but the whole experiment intrigues me. I believe God created the world. He spoke and it was done. The scientists behind the LHC believe the world began with a big bang and hope to use this devise to prove that or to at least learn more about it. What will they find? If the experiment destroys the hypothesis of the Big Bang, what then? What if the results support the Big Bang? What then?

Whatever happens, I know one thing: God is Creator and Sustainer of our universe. Nothing can change that and one day all people will know this truth.

God, thank you for the power of your words. You spoke and light appeared. You spoke and the seas and dry land were separated. You spoke and the grass and trees, birds and fish, reptiles and mammals all came to be. You spoke and the stars and galaxies appeared in space. As Jesus, you spoke and people were healed, storms were calmed and demons fled. You spoke from the cross and said, “It is finished.” As the Holy Spirit, you speak to your people today. You show us your will, your character, your power and might. There is none like you, oh God, and I am grateful that you, who spoke all things into being, chooses to speak to us. What is man that you are mindful of him? We are the dust of the ground, specks of nothing compared to everything else you made and yet you not only love us, you know every hair on our heads. And because of your love, you sent your Son to become one of us and bridge the gap our sin has put between you and us. Thank you, Father! Thank you that you want relationship with us. Thank you for you.

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