The reality of creation

Where did everything in our physical universe come from? From where did our physical reality spring from? The answer is, of course, no one actually knows for sure. What ever discoveries are made by scientists and explorers, the interpretation of these finds are limited by the tools available now. Although the finest minds propose theories, which are considered sound by current understanding, we can never be wholly sure that our information or interpretations are accurate. The most fundamental assumptions may be challenged by new discoveries in science. Sometimes it even seems to contradict what has been held as fact before. After all the finest minds once thought that the earth was flat. Although that sounds ridiculous to us, some of the theories we hold today, may be considered just as silly in the future.

All we can do is to try and make sense of what is actually known about the origins of the physical universe, our own planet and habitat, and put it in some sort of context. What does science and religion say about how we got here in first place? What could that prove about the nature of our reality?

 

Creation theories

Firstly– religion

At school, and I am speaking from my own culture here, we were taught that our God made us and all around us. He declared, according to our bible, ”Let there be light” and creation began. Matter was formed and the the earth came into being. Then waters were parted and dry land came into existence. After six days the biosphere emerged, fully furnished with plants and other animals to be able to sustain life. Man was then created after his own image, planted on earth and given a soul and dominion over all the animals. Other mainstream religions have similar stories.

Secondly-science

We were also taught at school the then, scientific mainstream, theory of origins of the universe in science lessons. This of course was totally different. There was the big bang when energy came into being, streaming out from a point into what was previously empty space. Energy became matter, mostly hydrogen and dust. Matter began to clump together, attracting more matter as it became bigger. Gravitational collapse began to occur and the clumps began to spin. Stars were thus formed which became nuclear reactors, transforming the simple hydrogen into the more complex compounds. The flattened dust disc around these stars clumped and became proto planets. Some were viable some not. Our earth was formed with other planets around our sun/star. By chance we were at the right distance from the sun, not too hot or too cold for life, almost randomly,to take hold and thrive. The theory was that we became mankind as a result of a long process of evolution by natural selection. Darwin would say that we evolved into consciousness. Becoming human, being aware and thinking, was just a natural factor in that process.

These creation alternatives were all that was on offer then. There was no thought to reconcile both these ideas. Of course, God could have just planned the big bang and triggered evolution. I am told that even the Vatican accepts this may be the case.

 

Religious proof

For the religious creation theories, there is no direct proof, it is just a matter of faith. There are two indirect proofs though.

Firstly

Whatever the evolutionists say, life is just too complex and harmonious to have occurred merely by random chance. There is also the watch maker analogy. This states that if you are walking through a empty desert and you find an elaborate watch, even though there is no one there, you understand that somewhere there must be a watch maker. We are so complex, even more than any watch, we could only have been designed and made.

Secondly

Where did the energy come from that made the big bang? Physicists will tell you that matter cannot be created or destroyed but merely changes form. They hedge and talk about wormholes and alternative universes, but they have no proper explanation for where this originating energy burst came from.

 

Scientific proof

The scientific theories of the origins of the universe are based on the standard models of physics as they are now understood. In my life time there have been several ideas on how our universe began and how matter solidified into stars and planets. Stronger and stronger telescopes and probes are always helping to expand our knowledge of what is out there. The distant stars do not always behave as they are expected to by current theories, however. Phenomena, such as dark matter and dark flow, which cannot be seen or detected but must be there to make proper sense of what can be seen, just show that we have probably not grasped the big scientific picture yet. The scientific proof of our origins may be wholly accurate, given our current knowledge. Whether it will be seen to be correct when further discoveries have been made, is another matter.

Conclusion

Given the current state of our knowledge, there is simply not enough definite proof either way as to which creation theory is the most likely. The reality so far is either that we, and the universe, were designed and made to a master plan, or that we are here by random accident. There are, of course, other creation theories that are not given such prominence, but which may be more accurate (see alternative creation theories). Only time will tell.

Marian

 

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