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Imagine*


Looking for the Uncaused Cause

Imagine nothing. What do you see? A lot of empty space as far as the eye can see in all directions? No planets, no stars, no meteors, no solids, liquids, or gasses, and no heat or light—just a lot of black, empty, zero Kelvin space, right? Wrong. Space is something. Space can be measured, even if it’s infinite space. Now try again. Imagine nothing. Can you do it? I can’t. The harder I try, the more my head hurts.

That’s what it—or rather, the absence of “it”—looked like before “God created the heavens and the earth.” There was only God, who had always been there, with no beginning, and “there” was nowhere, because there was nowhere to be yet. Forget angels dancing on the head of a pin. No pin. No place to put the pin. Can you fit that into your mind? I certainly cannot. My headache increases its intensity.

Of course, not everyone believes in God, or even a god.

Last week, as my wife and I were driving home after a fun-filled day of shopping, we listened to a radio interview with Bernard Haisch, author of The God Theory. The interviewer was George Noory, successor to Art Bell, so . . . well, I guess it was an appropriate forum for the nonsense that ensued. Haisch was raised a Roman Catholic, but is now very happy to be free of the evils of religion. He believes in intelligent design, but prefers not to call the designer “God” because of the religious overtones of the word. He believes in the Big Bang and Darwinian Evolution.

Haisch and his host held forth for some time, speculating on what might have been and what the purpose of it all might be. When all was said and done, and the interview ended, there were no real answers. The only claim that was made with any solid conviction was that the Biblical account was certainly not the answer, as any fool should plainly see. And the ultimate question was not only unanswered; it remained unasked. It is the question that, as far as I know, is never asked by atheists or proponents of “intelligent design.”

Suppose I accept evolution and the big bang. Suppose I say, “Alright, that’s plausible. The universe burst into being one day, and life was somehow generated on one or more of the resulting fragments floating in space. Umpteen millennia later, here we are. I can buy that.” Sure. But what was there before that? What went bang? And once you answer that, where did it come from? This question can be asked and answered as many times as you want, but eventually, we must find ourselves in eternity, where there not only is nothing, but no place to put it; because if you start with something—anything—you have to explain where it came from and what caused it. No one is going back that far and answering that question. No one, that is, but God and those of us who accept his Word on the matter.

How can science explain eternity—time without beginning? How can science explain nothing? When some brilliant scientist can answer that ultimate question, I’ll consider it. Until then, I have my answer. And it’s not only an answer that appeals to faith, it’s the only answer that makes any sense.

Dr. Haisch and his host, near the end of the interview, finally said something I could emphatically agree with. “If everything in the Bible is true,” chuckled Haisch, “we’re all in a lot of trouble.” “So true,” agreed Noory.

That, my friends, is the truth. Of course, there is a remedy for our “trouble’; but you’d have to believe the Bible to find it.

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* First posted December 17, 2007.



Posted 2019·07·01 by David Kjos
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