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26 September 2017

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Published on 29 January 2016

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together

Some thoughts on our Goldilocks universe

The TED Talk that I listened to this morning can be found here: Have We Reached the End of Physics? | Harry Cliff | TED Talks. I suggest you listen to it before reading on (clicking the link will open a new window.)

While listening to the talk, there were actually three things that I started thinking about. Two were Scriptures and one was a world view that I have heard many times... a world view that points to the multitude of unique characteristics of the Earth that allow for life.

As the discourse usually goes, if any of these factors were "out" by just a small amount, life as we know it would not be possible. The evolutionists use the words, "Life would not have evolved", while we Christians prefer, "God created the Earth just so". In both circles, the term "Goldilocks Earth" is bandied about—Goldilocks, as we know, tried Papa Bear's porridge and found it too hot (the Earth would have been too hot to sustain life if it was a little closer to the Sun), then she tried Mama Bear's porridge and found it too cold (the Earth would have been too cold to sustain life if it was a little further from the sun), and finally she tried Baby Bear's porridge and it was "just right". Many parameters of the Earth-Moon-Sun system have been quoted as having to be "just right" for life as we know it to exist on the Earth—things like the tilt of the Earth's axis, giving us seasons, the size of the moon, influencing our tides and helping to prevent stagnating oceans, et cetera.

In his TED Talk, Harry Cliff used the term "Goldilocks", but in his case he related it not to the Earth-Moon-Sun system, but to the entire universe that we live in! One theory of physics postulates that there are an incredibly large number of universes, of which ours is one... but not just any one—the one that is "just right" for life as we know it to exist. As the speaker related, there are two "constants" of nature that need to be "just right". One of these (Higgs Field) operates at the quantum mechanical (incredibly small) level, while the other (dark energy) operates at astronomical level (incredibly large), but both need to be perfectly balanced. Harry Cliff says, "We don't know what dark energy is, but the best idea is that it is the energy of empty space itself, the energy of the vacuum", and, "...this number has no known explanation."

I beg to differ!

For those who's agenda is to "not allow a divine foot in the door" when it comes to anything "scientific", these sorts of things are paradoxical. However, for those of us who, like the early champions of science such as Newton, Pascal, etc., believe in a God who created the universe we live in, and who find there to be no contention between true science and belief in this Creator God, there is a clear answer provided to us by God Himself:

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Colossians 1:16-17 [NASB - emphasis mine]

Our Earth and our Universe are "just right" because God created it just right for us. As a result of the curse brought about by Adam's sin, the "very good" universe that God created for us is degrading and becoming ever more corrupt as entropy takes its toll, but that was never God's original intention. Nevertheless, He still holds our Universe together, from the smallest scale of sub-atomic particles to the largest scale of the so-called dark energy driving the continued expansion of our Universe.

The other Scripture that came to mind while listening to this talk related to the general tendency of secular scientists to "not allow a divine foot in the door":

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Romans 1:18-23 [NASB - emphasis mine]

Says it all, really!

An interesting TED Talk, that invoked some interesting thoughts for me.

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