A new book by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Molodinow, The Grand Design, has both respected physicists asserting that God is redundant to the creation of the Universe and that “spontaneous creation” via gravity and the laws of physics was totally responsible for all of existence including our own. “Create contents spontaneously, no God required for assembly” say the boxes containing universes.
The book suggests that the laws of physics created something out of nothing. One might pose a series of foolish questions:
What entity or law of physics created nothing?
What entity or law of physics created the laws of physics? What preceded nothing and the laws of physics and gravity and anyting these scientists wish to lay before us?
The writer raises no objection to science whatsoever, even when it proves the non-existence or irrelevance of an entity that knowingly sets creation in motion.
But the book The Grand Design does raise a whole series of moral red flags concerning the arrogance of man. Instead of a humble approach to understanding that the Universe and the laws of physics which control it are quite brutally greater than ourselves is being lost amid humankind’s assumption that we know and can know everything, and through that door we can ultimately control all we understand. That doorway of arrogance becomes a means to ourselves to become our own gods. That in turn leads to a lack of humility about the cosmic insignificance of our existence whether we have a faith or system of ethics or not.
Our inability to understand how to be good stewards of our own planet, much less the rest of the Universe which we have now unlocked the complete understanding to, should give all human beings pause. But we rush on. We are building all kinds of Towers of Babel with arrogance and disdain for the sanctity of creation in all its forms.
We should tinker with DNA and clone, and do stem cell research, and no the Earth is not flat and evolution is a theory but one that is well proven. Science is to be respected. But it must be used wisely and ethically and with perspective.
Then there are the fools, the little children who fail to understand. I am fully Outing myself as one of them. My spiritual teacher, Jesus of Nazareth, who walked this Earth over two thousand years ago taught that we must first empty ourselves before we can begin to understand. We must remain as children, as lost sheep to be found and claimed. The God we profess belief in is not making human beings do one single thing. Each of us can do all we like. We can even choose to oppose this God or any god and raise our fists to heaven or to that otherworldly place of the soul and condemn the entity that created it all. We can deny the entity’s power and very existence. It is all in our hands. Or, we can choose to follow her, him, it, them, and empty ourselves of arrogance and concern for only ourselves and our omnipotence which is purely imaginary.
There are many wise ethical teachers that have become known to our world in its brief recorded history versus the eons of geologic and astronomical time, and many paths to something greater than ourselves. It seems to me that the failure of modern life is that we are having more and more difficulty understanding that there is something greater than humankind and that it might just be an entity known as the Creator.
In the Christian scriptures God reveals himself as “The Alpha and the Omega” or the Greek for “the beginning and the end.” This implies an entity of perpetuity in its fullest sense, and something to which the fullness of time and its history that Dr. Hawking has written so eloquently about is literally the blink of an eye.
I have no ultimate answers. My knowledge of that humbles me. I am quite prepared to fade into dust, and cosmic nothingness without any supreme providential entity to claim me for anything. But what if we really do have a soul? And what if there are ethical pathways for that soul to come to something better and for us, eternal? What about hope? What about love for others and compassion and caring? What about acting for others and placing ourselves consistently a humbling last? This writer has yet to fully do that yet. The process of emptying the self and its selfish concerns is perpetual in itself. The soul waits for the Creator or stands ready to join the great nothingness prior to creation, or perhaps join some bit of energy, a ring of electrons or to become a neutron in a small bit of matter in some distant universe as yet undiscovered.
But to have a faith that gives heart and sustenance to the soul, and a God that loves and cares for us and a system of belief that allows us to use ourselves freely for others is what is aimed at here. It is the greatest thing. What a fool I am! What a child I’ve become! How silly I am! These are all indicators I am on the right track to emptying myself and preparing myself to fully understand my Creator and to be ready for her. I love permitting my God to appear to me as a woman, nurturing and leading.
Mr. Hawking and Mr. Mlodinow: don’t abandon all hope and treat all the history of time, the Universe and all that might precede it as a cosmic accident of some spontaneous form that is meaningless. We humans must have meaning in our lives as brief as they are. Even Christianity warns us annually via the Lenten fast that we all return to dust at the end. But there is hope: Jesus Christ.
Come join me. Be a fool. Be a child. Be a lost sheep. Empty yourself. Join the fools, sheep and children and those who seek to empty themselves as Christ set an example for us to do.