The Possibilities Of Miracles And The Universe

“All From Nothing” By Cameron Grey

Regarding the miracles of Jesus that are presented in the four Gospels, the primary point of contention for critics is that they violate the laws of nature and are therefore impossible. By their very nature, miracles require a procedure that makes use of a physical law in a manner that we are, as yet, unaware.

In essence, the universe itself is a miracle as it appeared out of nowhere when there was no time, space, or matter in existence before it began.

Although scientists struggle to provide a naturalistic reason for the universe, the best answer so far is still the first sentence of the Bible:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” —Genesis 1:1

The reason that the Genesis description is our best answer is due to the fact that we can actually validate that this is the manner in which the universe began. There was no time, space, or matter before the singularity of the universe commenced. Out of nothing, from nothing, for no apparent reason except that God determined the universe would begin. It is interesting that the word for “create” in Genesis 1:1, is from the Hebrew word “bara,” which means to create from nothing; precisely what scientists define as the origin of the universe.

In the beginning there was nothing and suddenly, everything began, or at least the primary elements that would become everything later on, began.

Alternative Explanations For The Universe

Because a universe that appeared out of nothing at the beginning of time is so compelling for the support of God’s existence, theoretical physicists have created a few alternative explanations for a universe that began through natural processes.

Although new theories such as the multiverse, bulk universe, and no boundary universe give us theoretical explanations for its origin, we have no way of testing these theories since we cannot see beyond our present universe. All of the physical evidence that exists today proves that our universe was fine-tuned for life from -430th of a second, so that we humans could live upon the earth today. If any of these physical constants are altered even slightly, no life would be possible.

There are literally millions of these fine-tuned constraints that are built into everything around us. All of creation has these same qualities of balance that are governed by very strict laws which allow them to exist.

One important example of a fine-tuned universe that is a critical requirement for life is observed in the ratio between the electron and a proton of every atom in the universe.

The ratio of mass between an electron and a proton is 1:1836, meaning that a proton is 1,836 times larger than an electron. Although there is a great degree of difference between the size of these two parts of an atom, both the electron and proton maintain the same electrical charge.

If the electrical charge of the electron is altered by just one part in 100 billion, the body of every human being on earth would explode.[1]

This fine balance that permits life is observed all across the earth and the universe itself. The fact that these fine-tuned constants exist and are necessary for life, proves that we live in an environment that was purposely created for us, not by any natural process or happenstance.

No natural process has the capacity to fine tune an environment before life begins. The entire premise of evolution is that small changes took place over a great expanse of time. Unless these constants were in place first, life never could have begun. Since this is a certainty, it precluded the theory of evolution from progressing to a certainty. In essence, the presence of a fine-tuned universe is strong evidence for the existence of God and the impossibility of evolution or any naturalistic process to explain all that exists.

Miracles Are A Visible Part Of Our Universe

The miracles that Jesus performed in the four gospels are a demonstration of the same intelligence that would have been necessary to engineer and bring the universe into existence. Science does not know everything that can be known about the universe and it is certain that there are laws or variables to these laws that are as yet, undiscovered.

For example: the idea that Jesus could turn water into wine is a concept that many scientists find impossible to believe. Everyday, plants turn water into wine and no one pays much attention. It is not that Jesus accomplished things that are impossible but that we simply don’t understand yet the process whereby He did these things.

Then idea that a man could speak and an event would happen is one that is a reality today. I have Siri on my MacBook and I can speak to her and she will dial a number on my phone, search for a name in my contacts, search for a subject on the internet and perform many other helpful and constructive works.

I accomplish these things by simply speaking to a machine.

The idea that a Being of infinite intelligence could exist who has the technology to speak to a particular part of the universe and cause it to respond is not really that difficult to imagine in our present day of technological wonders.

Cosmologist state that the universe is the most complex machine that has ever existed. Some theories today venture into the idea that because everything in the universe is run by bits of digital information which are in essence, programs similar to those on a personal computer, the universe acts as the computer that makes all these digital pieces of information operate. The question then would be who is the programmer and operator of these systems?

There may be additional laws for the universe that are as yet unknown that would allow a particular voice recognition pattern or particular phrase or even the origin of the voice itself to cause nature to respond to particular commands.

The theory that plants respond to the sound of a human voice first became popular in 1848, when German professor Gustav Fechner published his book; “Nanna” (Soul-life of Plants).

In 2007, a group of scientists in South Korea at the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology developed a hypothesis that two of the genes which are involved in a plants response to light, rbcS and Ald, were observed as stimulated by music played at 70 decibels. What is interesting about this study is that the decibel range of normal human conversation is also 70 decibels. If the volume of a human voice is raised to a shout, also increasing the the decibel level, the response of the genes in a plant also increased.

The book of Romans, chapter 8, describes the current suffering of creation due to the fall of man, as eliciting a “moan” in response to the degradation that it experienced as a result of a world filled with sin and evil.

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. —Romans 8:20-22

In Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 21, we see that Jesus spoke to a Fig tree and caused it to wither and die. Jesus’s disciples asked Him how this tree could respond so quickly to a simple command by Him. Jesus response: “ if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry.  And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. —Matthew 21:18-21

Based upon the scientific evidence that a human voice can cause a plant to respond, and reading Jesus’ statements where He manipulates or commands the natural elements of earth, we gain some knowledge about how these things are possible.

By simply speaking, Jesus was able to command a storm to calm, raise Lazarus from the dead, and command the universe into existence. There appears to be a law that is built into the universe that permits changes to the natural order by a particular voice or authority. It was the authority of Jesus as God that caused the events that are described in the Gospels to take effect.

If human beings can build a machine that responds to a voice, it is certain that God can build a machine that can do the same. The universe is the greatest and most technologically advanced machine that has ever existed. It is so difficult to imagine that with unlimited intelligence and having existed forever, that God could simply speak and command the natural elements to do His will?


NOTES:
[1] Barrow and Tipler, 1986, pp. 293, 296



Categories: Origin of the Universe, Physical Constants, Robert Clifton Robinson, The Creation of the Universe, The Miracles of Jesus

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