Higgs Boson-the “God Particle”- and what it means for us

Recently, scientists at CERN finally discovered what is known as the Higgs boson, a particle named after Dr. Peter Higgs, the scientist who first theorized that this particle exists. It has become known over the years as the “God Particle” because it is believed that this particle can explain the creation of the universe, and that this particle is the main cause of the Big Bang, the amazing explosion of particles and matter that started the creation of our universe.

In a recent CNN interview, theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, was asked about the possibility of this particle disproving religion. He states that with the discovery of this particle, we can see, by watching life inside this particle accelerator at CERN, what life was like before the Big Bang, before the creation of the world. He even states earlier in the interview that creation is as a result of a gas bubble, or particle, exploding because of this Higgs boson particle, or something similar to it, colliding with the mass, causing the broken world we see today with all the planets, stars, atoms, plants, human, and animal life. (Click here for the full interview with Michio Kaku.

Now, I am a huge fan of science. In high school, I studied Physics and I learned what I could, though I retained nothing. (Sorry, Mr. Gray) But I found it fascinating. I loved learning how the universe worked, how atoms and particles moved in our lives and how they reacted with one another. But I never doubted my faith. I never doubted that God created the universe.

I am in the same situation today. I do not doubt that God created the universe. I do not doubt that God spoke our world into existence. Scientists say that this discovery could very well disprove religion, but I disagree. This discovery, for me, and hopefully for many other Christians worldwide, only goes to prove that there is still so much we do not understand about how God works in our world. The questions I have to pose to the scientists at CERN and around the world are these: if this particle proves there is no God, then where did this particle come from? How did it get there? How did that formless void of gas that exploded get there in the first place?

If they were to say that those things existed before the universe did, that would prove nothing. Somehow, it had to have gotten there. Someone, or Something, had to have created that particle and that formless gas bubble that exploded.

Genesis 1:2 says, “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep…”. So, even Genesis acknowledges that before there was creation, there was nothing. Only God. I will not doubt that this Higgs boson exists. Scientists have proved that it exists. It’s real. But to me, it does not prove that God does not exist and that He did not create the universe as we know it. Again, all this proves is that God’s ways are incomprehensible and we still have much to learn regarding how He interacts with the world He created.

A brief thought, then I’ll close. (Great, now I’m sounding like a minister or a speaker at a conference) Miracles happen every day. All around us, there are miracles. Plants grow from dead seeds, clouds form and dissolve, the sun rises and sets at specific locations in the sky. We breathe, we see, we speak, we walk, we think. But because of the fact that miracles happen all around us, we forget that they are miracles. In the graphic novel turned action movie, “Watchmen”, Dr. Manhattan makes a very good point regarding miracles. He says, “…the world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget… I forget. We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from the another’s vantage point, as if new, it may still take our breath away. Come… dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg. Come, dry your eyes. And let’s go home.” Miracles are everywhere. We just need to take a step back and look at the world with fresh eyes, eyes that long to see the miracles in our world.

For a humorous explanation of the Higgs boson, take a look at this article: How to explain Higgs boson discovery

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