“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King makes a powerful statement in this quote that accurately reflects what faith really is. The truth is, however, that all of us have faith in something. Even if you are agnostic, you take steps of faith every day. If you get into your car and drive, you have faith that you will get to where you want to go. There are tens of thousands of car crashes every year in the United States, and yet we still drive to work or school every day. This is faith, based on two factors. There is a tangible factor, where you can see the car and the road and other cars. Then there is an intangible factor, like mental awareness. In a sense, you have to have faith that everyone else on the road has the awareness and alertness to follow the laws to enough of a degree that you can safely travel from Point A to Point B.
In that regard, it is not illogical to believe in an invisible man who created everything. But just like the intangible factors of believing in God, there are also tangible effects that we can observe that point us to Him. From personal experience, I have seen people be healed from dire afflictions. I have seen the cogs turning as a result of prayer. It’s out there, and yet the world continues to deny it.
My faith also comes from a level of scientific understanding. Science does not answer every question, but it does explain how the universe was created. We are taught that there was a major explosion of sorts that created all things. That’s what the big bang theory states. In essence, I agree with that assumption. What atheists cannot answer is “where did all of that come from?”
The problem lies in the first law of Thermodynamics. It states that neither matter nor energy can be created or destroyed. This means that if a big bang were to take place, it had to come from somewhere. The energy and matter cannot have just been created.
The answer lies with Albert Einstein’s equation of E=MC^2. This formula represents how energy and mass are related. While Thermodynamics tells us that energy and matter cannot be created or destroyed, Einstein proved that one could be converted into the other. This is the basis for the atomic bomb. It turns out that it takes a colossal amount of energy to convert into mass. Only a few atoms of energy were required to destroy Nagasaki. The energy inside a single human is tens of thousands more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki.
That is only the start of the scale of energy that we are talking about. In the beginning, all of the planets were created. The sun, moon, and stars were created. The level of energy needed to convert to create all of this is astronomical. It’s a number that is not even fathomable. Never, in human history, will we ever be able to generate 1% of that power. When the stars were created, a star known as Canis Majoris was formed. This particular star has a radius of roughly 2,000 times as long as the sun. And it is estimated that over 1 Million planet Earths would be able to fit inside our sun. There are multiple stars that completely dwarf the sun in size. All of this was made somehow in the beginning.
So now that we have established just a fraction of our universe, it’s impossible for science alone to explain what caused that energy to be converted into the mass that made up our planets, moons, and stars. So what does the Bible say about how God created everything? Genesis 1 is very clear about it. He spoke and things came into existence. Speaking produces sound, which is a type of energy. The answer is clear. The big bang was God’s voice. God spoke with such an incredible amount of energy that the universe was created.
So then, where did God come from? John 1:1-2 says, ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. “. This is the NIV translation of the verses. The Bible says that God has always been, and that is difficult to process. It’s difficult to process that anything could have been there at the beginning. What even is “the beginning”?
This is where faith comes in. Ultimately, I accept and believe that there must have been a being that exists outside of time. That seems to support the Bible describing God as omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. If God exists outside of time, it explains all of those concepts. That is what I choose to believe.
I grew up in a Christian household and went to Christian school throughout my primary education. I went to Sunday school the vast majority of my life and still attend church. While I appreciate these things now as an adult, none of these helped grow my faith as much as learning about the science of why Yahweh makes the most sense. As the world grows more scientific, I believe the Christian communities should also head in that direction. We need to adapt to what drives and motivates people. There is a phrase that says, “Deep speaks to deep”. Ultimately, we need to be cognizant of the changing times and adapt, but not in a way that defies the tenants of God. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
In my opinion, that means that we need to adapt but not assimilate. We don’t become just like the rest of the world, but we become more accessible to the rest of the world in order to testify and convert. That’s what Christianity is all about. And that is why I choose this path.