I am sure that my modest education is to be smiled upon when compared to that of an astrophysicist; but I take no offence. I must admit that I have little idea of what they are talking about on any given day. However, since they do expect that we take them seriously, it is only fair to give space to at least one of their ideas.
Maybe you have seen this quote by Neil deGrasse Tyson:
“In the beginning, nearly 14 billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one-trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence.”
That is indeed an impressive claim. And one, I am sure, that helps him to have faith that the God of the Bible is not behind creation.
Neil deGrasse Tyson may confidently display his mathematical theories concerning time and energy, but he, like all of us, cannot explain the origin of either.
Going beyond “The Beginning,” there is the perplexing question of the Universe’s order. If all of this started with a “Bang,” how can we explain the precise workings of all things in and around us? Mathematics can do little more than calculate its substance and movements.
Also, besides questions over ‘origin’ and ‘order,’ there are questions beyond the physical. Why is man religious by nature? How can we account for conscience? In a world overrun with evil, why do people sacrifice for the good of others? How can we explain genuine, selfless love?
My conviction is that Jesus is the simple answer to all these questions.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3).
Because of his love for man, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to convict our consciences of our sin against him. This sin he removed on the cross to reconcile us to god. Thus, we love because God first loved us.