WRIGHT WAY: Behold — the God particle?
by WILLIAM WRIGHT
Jul 11, 2012 | 2527 views | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Scientists recently announced they have verified the existence of a “God particle” which is believed to give mass to matter and holds the fabric of the physical universe together.

The historic announcement came in a report from the Large Hadron Collider, a $10 billion underground laboratory of sorts, near Geneva, Switzerland. Scientists categorize it as a "5 sigma" certainty, meaning they are about 99.999 percent sure they have correctly identified a new particle.

The term “God particle” was created by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman as a way of explaining the importance of finding the particle — not who created it. In a paper called, “The Tale of Two Particles and the Ultimate T-Shirt,” Lederman said, “This boson (subatomic particle) is so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our final understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive, that I have given it a nickname: the God Particle.”

Theoretical physicist Peter Higgs is credited with proposing the existence of this subatomic particle believed to give all other particles mass. Since science is not entirely sure why some particles, like photons, do not possess mass, just energy — while other particles, like protons, do have mass — confirmation of this “God particle” is considered a major milestone in the understanding of physics. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said, “The next step will be to determine the precise nature of the particle and its significance for our understanding of the universe.”

I believe understanding the universe is a noble goal. Who wouldn’t want to unlock the mysteries of the cosmos with its limitless wonders! I am just not convinced that smashing atoms together in a laboratory tunnel to explain why the particles have mass is going to get you there. Why? Because trying to replicate the so-called “Big Bang” explosion, that may have happened when the universe began, and identifying a fleeting subatomic particle is no guarantee that science has discovered anything conclusively.

Proof that this particle is the catalyst for turning nothing into something is still not documented. Describing it as some sort of missing link to the formation of matter is like calling the fossil of a deformed, decayed ape the “missing link” to man. It’s existence alone is not proof of its role in the appearance of something else.

If CERN has not yet determined “the precise nature of the particle,” how can anyone be so sure that it is the precise ingredient that turns energy into matter? That is my problem. The particle may exist, but what it does is pure speculation at this point. How do you prove what a particle does simply by smashing atoms together and documenting its existence?

By taking this leap of faith, other scientists are prone to let their imaginations run wild. For example, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku said identifying this “God particle” could lead to a whole new branch of theoretical physics.

“There are eternal questions that cannot be answered in the framework of conventional physics,” he was quoted as saying. “Is time travel possible, are there gateways to other universes, are there parallel universes?”

Wow! Talk about a leap of faith! Physicists are still trying to explain gravity! We can’t see it, but we can see its effect all around us, as well as in outer space. But how and why is gravity modified and seems disconnected from all the other forces of physics? Science is not sure. Higgs admits, “gravity on its own doesn’t fit in properly with quantum theory.” It remains a mystery.

But to the Creator of gravity and every single particle that fills this vast universe, there is no mystery. He knows exactly how the universe appeared, how energy became matter and the secrets that lie beyond man’s reach. It is simple to Him. Isaiah 40:28 says, “His understanding is unsearchable.” — New King James Version.

What I find especially interesting is how some scientists can devote their lives to proving something unseen exists, like the subatomic, so-called “God particle,” but will spend little or no time looking at proof of the existence of God. Romans 1:20 says, “Ever since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities — God’s eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they are understood through the things God has made. So humans are without excuse.” — Common English Bible.

Years ago, astronomer George Greenstein said, “As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural agency — or, rather, Agency — must be involved. Is it possible that suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being?”

It doesn’t cost billions of dollars to walk outside and reason on the reality of an Intelligent and powerful Creator. As Hebrews 3:4 says, “For every house is built by some one; but he who has built all things is God.” — Daryby Translation.

Whether or not there truly is a “God particle,” the Bible promises there will soon be a world where every particle of its existence will praise the One living and true God. Isaiah 11:9 says, “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea.” — American Standard Version.

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