“That’s easy—God did it!” Do Christians attribute all scientific mysteries to the existence of God?

“That’s easy—God did it!” Do Christians attribute all scientific mysteries to the existence of God?

For years, skeptics aver that theists, especially Christians, like to fill in what science does not yet know to God. This is a grave misunderstanding and misrepresentation of what many intellectual Christians actually believe, yet we are still labeled irrational and naïve. This argument is known as the God-of-the-gaps argument which is a term used to describe when God is used to explain something that science cannot. Although there are some implausible extremes that some theists have claimed throughout the centuries to prove God’s existence, I strongly disagree with this belief because it is not a lack of evidence that Christians ignorantly jump on to sway others into the belief of God but rather there is much evidence in science that can be attributed to God even when claimed unacceptable.

A plausible example would be the famous argument for the origin of the universe. Through the work of Albert Einstein and Edward Hubble, we have much strong evidence proving that the universe is not static (always existent). But rather we know through much scientific evidence that the universe—including all of space, time, matter and energy—began at the start of the Big Bang. Pretty much, every material thing that has ever existed came into existence during this Big Bang. These discoveries have given more weight to the credibility of the existence of God than for His inexistence.

Many scientists today hold strongly onto theories that they feel prove the existence of a static universe or one that was created by another source other than a deity. Some have even gone as far as stating that the universe was created from nothing and just happened to have come into existence by chance. There are many other explanations given by physicists worldwide that include theories about the existence of multiverses and our universe being a product of one of these universes. Although I do not agree with neither, I will only be addressing the former.

It is very hard for any logical mind to accept that something could come from nothing. Why is that? For the simple reason that what we have always come to observe is that whatever is created has always had a cause. This relation between a cause and effect is known as a cause-and-effect principle or the law of causation. We know that volcanoes form and erupt due to the moving of Earth’s plates. Seasons are created not because of Earth’s orbiting distance around the sun but rather due to its 23.5° tilt that angles toward the sun and away at different points in its orbit causing seasonal change. These examples and many others show that every effect that we experience has a source that is responsible for creating or influencing a particular material to react in some way.

Amazingly, skeptics today would rather dig deeper with hopes of finding what is clearly before their very eyes and accept the causation to be by “chance” or even more incredibly, from nothing. Yes, nothing. Professor Lawrence Krauss, a physicist from Arizona State University, feels that science can change the meaning of “nothing” to actually mean “something.” But common sense tells us that nothing means just that—“no thing”. As Dr. William Lane Craig, professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University, has shared in many of his debates, “nothing is what rocks dream of.” To say that the universe came from nothing is as magical as a magic show. But as Dr. Craig once stated, “When a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat, at least you have the magician and the hat.”

So which seems to be the most rational explanation? The only plausible and reasonable choice would be that there is a supernatural being or force which is not restrained to the very laws that govern our universe, nor time and space but rather lives outside of it. (Refer to the Article: Should Christians Believe in the Big Bang theory?) This being would have to also be very powerful and personal to want to create something out of nothing. The creation and evolution of the universe, our solar system, and even life itself, must have some type of willful intervention in order for it to have reached this present point in time. A mind is just as necessary for the creation of all we see today just as an architect is necessary for the construction of a well-developed edifice. So in conclusion, when a skeptic gives credit to “nothing” for the creation of the universe, in reality, they actually are talking about something. They just have not been honest enough to accept that this nothing they speak of is someone great.

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