Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Large Hadron Collider

Scientists have smashed together proton beams for the first time in a 27-kilometre tunnel under the French-Swiss border in an initial step toward discovering how the universe came into existence. This research is part of an effort to determine what happened at the beginning of the universe at an event called the "Big Bang." It is interesting to note that these secular scientists now acknowledge that the universe had a beginning. What they don't attempt to explain is how something can be created out of nothing. An act of God is still the best explanation of that.

The amazing discovery of modern science is that our physical universe is actually finite. But still there are those who feel the need to test that theory by seeing if they can discover even smaller particles that make up our material universe. The mission of the Large Hadron Collider is to investigate what happens when subatomic particles, like protons, are crashed into each other at velocities approaching the speed of light. Those funding the effort hope to find ever smaller particles making up the building blocks of matter. But what they are most likely to do is simply confirm what is already known about quantum physics.

Scientists have discovered the boundaries of our physical world in studying subatomic behavior. The amazing discovery of quantum physicists is that if you break matter into smaller and smaller pieces you eventually reach a point where the particles no longer act as matter. Although they can sometimes behave as if they were a particle, scientists have found that they have no dimension and can be manifested as either a particle or a wave. This has led to the smallest dimension that can be measured or divided call the Planck length, 10^(-33) centimeters.

So the most fascinating thing the scientists working with the $10B Large Hedron Collider will likely discover is to confirm that our universe is made up of particles of energy that can not be subdivided. Thus our material universe has limits which is further evidence that it was created. But this will not be enough to convince those who dismiss the Bible; if a person doesn't want to believe the truth about God, they will also dismiss the best evidence science can provide about the nature and wonder of God.

Those who will be disappointed with the results of the Large Hedron Collider will probably want to build an even more powerful super collider thinking that will reveal the truth... "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:77, NKJ). What they don't realize was that the truth was readily apparent right before them all the time; if there is a creation, there had to be a Creator.

"The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools..." (Romans 1:18-22, NKJ).

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