THE GRANDER DESIGN
The new Stephen Hawking book The Grand Design has been launched, and naturally it has already attracted widespread controversy, nothing flocks them in so effectively as the whisper that there is no God. The religious fanatics foam at the mouth, while the equally vocal anti-religion mob break ribs from laughing, so in a spirit of charity I thought to explain the creation of the cosmos in layman’s language. I do not read Stephen Hawking or Dan Brown type books so it’s no matter to me, but I suspect that Stephen devoted only a tiny portion of the book to God, and the publisher blew these portions up to create controversy and thus drum up publicity. Apparently Hawking has reversed his previous position, where he hinted that there may be a God, but now he feels that the world created itself from nothing. Which is basically in line with Genesis, because when God set about the creation there was nothing, except for one extremely important element.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God: John 1-1. The Word is the moral law but also the laws of physics that arranged matter after the Big Bang, the Word is the science that swung the cosmos into orbit and readied earth for life, were it not for the Word the Big Bang would have been a damp squib. Before anything there was reason, the continuing success of the Big Bang hinged on the physical laws being there first, the Word and God were in place before matter existed. The incredibly complex laws of physics that govern our universe, could not just have come about randomly, wisdom beyond our capacity to comprehend must have created these laws. Without these laws of physics the existence of life or matter is impossible, this is why the Word and God had to be there in the beginning, it makes a clarion sense does it not? What I find extraordinarily difficult to understand, is that highly educated people struggle their entire lives attempting to unravel these laws of physics, which are so basic and simple that they came about randomly?
Stephen Hawking feels “it is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going”, but on the other hand it makes it far easier to understand, where the laws of physics actually came from. Yet others sneer at this and claim it involves an “infinite regression”, they ask if God created the laws of physics then who created God and who created the God creator, but the Apostle John explained it most succinctly. Nobody created the Word or God, they have always been there and they will always be there, it’s actually pretty stupid for mere mortals to question where a Supreme Being came from. In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God, so the laws of physics are actually God and were in place before matter existed. Beyond that it’s fairly simple for even the layman to understand, because it’s all written down in the Bible, where Moses laid out a Grander Design than even Stephen Hawking could dream. The marvellous coincidences of our planetary conditions, the single Sun and the lucky combination of Earth-Sun distance and solar mass, Moses explained everything lucidly in the first book of the Bible named Genesis.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, in the beginning there was a Big Bang; but Moses never won a Nobel Prize for knowing this? Yet Moses knew that the earth was dark and without form, until the spirit of God moved upon the waters and the rains fell, then the earth cooled and the steam evaporated and there was light! Let there be light God commanded, it took just one day in Godspeed but billions of years in man speed, tomorrow the cosmos would be fine tuned. The waters were divided on the third day, the mountain building phase the scientists like to call it, land and then vegetation appeared. More billions of man speed years, but just 36 hours in Godspeed. It takes a noble mind to understand that the creationist timeframe is easily explained by Einstein, unless it’s not true that time is relative to speed, in which case Superman could not have saved his girlfriend from the avalanche? Superman can make time move backwards by his speed so surely God can make it go forward, God is a lot faster than Superman and also immovable, so God would remain fixed while time moved backward.
I’m sure Stephen Hawking would agree that the Mosaic narrative of creation is correct in great principals; the progressive development is lower to higher, proceeding upward in the same order set forth in geology. The work of creation was not simultaneous but an extended process, this is the truth of Genesis and of science, we know it today but how did Moses know it then? That vegetation preceded animal life, fishes and birds preceded mammals, and the whole lower order preceded man. That is the order of modern science and the order of Genesis, yet thousands of years ago a wanderer in the desert knew, Moses understood then what modern science is still unravelling today. The scientists would do well to investigate this paranormal phenomena, if there is no God then who inspired Moses to write these great truths, there was no Stephen Hawking or Harry Potter in biblical times?
We all know God made Adam on the sixth day of creation, but do we know Adam was the first human, perhaps he was part of a separate creation? Made in the image of God and therefore the first human who could justifiably be called Man. Christ was crucified because he called himself Son of God, but Christ also referred to himself as Son of Man? While the Apostle Paul mentions Adam as the first Man, a living soul in whom all die, and Christ the last Adam, a life giving spirit in whom all are made alive. Adam originated the Messianic Line and Christ ended it. Adam and Eve were not the first humans on earth, their firstborn son Cain murdered his brother Abel, so the Lord put a mark on Cain lest any finding him should kill him. Therefore there were other humans on earth, in fact Cain married one of them, after he was banished from Eden and dwelt in the land of Nod. The sons of Cain likewise married and fathered children, how could they find wives if there were no other humans around, but where did these other people come from? The wives of Cain and his sons were part of the evolutionary process started about 5 million years ago, while Adam and Eve were a special separate creation, purpose built for a divine mission.
Adam and Eve were created around seven thousand years ago, they were not the first humans but founders of the Messianic Line. Their third son Seth married a human and continued the line, leading to the birth of the Messiah and redemption of sin, the Old Testament is a marvellous tapestry of the amazing ancestors of the Messianic Line. Seventeen prophetical books foretell the coming of the Christ, among other prophecies, and twelve historical books meticulously detail the history of the chosen people. The five poetical books of the Bible stand amongst the greatest poetry known to mankind, while the five books of the law are the basis of the Judaic Christian ethic, and the foundation of law in most Western democracies. So I’m sure Stephen Hawking will forgive me if I stick to the Bible, it is the greatest book ever written and the sweetest song ever sung, so important that mankind divided time into before and after the birth of the Messiah. I am no longer a young man and have lost the zest for embracing new ideas, I have thought deeply about my beliefs and although I would not force them on others, I would warn you that I become an avenging angel when others force their ideas on me.
New Analytical Bible
John. A. Dickson