In the beginning… you know how that goes.
Now let’s for the sake of exploration take a more agnostic look at the origin of everything.
In the beginning there was nothing. Truly utterly nothing, no space, no time, no dimensions, no matter, no energy, no rules or laws of physics, no logic, not even a mathematical zero.
If you do databases you might call this a “null”, which is not the same as a zero. But null is a lack of a value in a data field, and the sort of null I mean doesn’t even have a field. So let’s call it null and void. “Null and void” sounds clumsy so let’s call it the “nulliverse”.
So without rules there is nothing to say “something” (perhaps a universe) can’t just appear from this nowhere.
Without there being any time in this nowhere, if “something” is going to happen, well then it happens instantly of course.
So the nulliverse gives rise to a situation where there is an undefined chance that something will happen instantly. Let’s try to evaluate that probability. There is no reason (no, really there is no reason, “reason” doesn’t exist in the nulliverse), to suppose it is not a probability with a normal distribution, let’s say a bell curve. At one end we have no event occurs, at the other end we have 1 or more events occur. Numbers don’t exist in the nulliverse so it’s null events at one end of the curve and infinite events at the other end. Although technically today’s math cannot prove infinity (our present state of knowledge) that doesn’t matter because infinity doesn’t exist in the nulliverse so no rule or fact we have here in our universe is violated by anything in the nulliverse. In the middle of the curve is a single event, the nominal mid-point between null and infinity. Probability-wise one event is the most likely thing to happen.
So, as it is instant (no time exists), one event happens.
Bang! That was the inevitable universe happening as a consequence of the nulliverse. Very little math is required to understand it because technically math didn’t exist, so not much math was required to make it happen -<grin>.
Now for theists, this bleak nulliverse is a problem. It seems the universe didn’t need anything to happen. It didn’t need God. So the question is, was that what actually happened. It seems possible, and God is also possible. Which was it? Also, was God created at that point? Although Christians do not believe God was created, the nulliverse hypothesis allows for it. “Where did it all come from?” and “If God created everything, where did he come from?” are probably the two most profound and often-asked questions in history. The other big question that pops up when you start answering the first two is ”What is it all for – what is the meaning of life?”
These are important questions. We need to dig deeper into this nulliverse and see if this non-existent thing can be the cause. We get into some deep water here. Can a non-existent thing “cause”. Without any time? Still sure? Let’s strike out “cause”. The nulliverse hypothesis is acausal.
But wait. The nulliverse is a concept. I sat here and dreamt it up. (Actually God showed me it.) A concept cannot exist in the nulliverse. A concept cannot be a nulliverse. A concept is an idea in the mind that is a process in the brain, made of whatever matter brains are made of, whatever matter is, happening in time, all of which are properties of this universe, none of which was around to be a nulliverse. The nulliverse, blank though it may be, is a created concept. The concept’s utility – that a nulliverse can become the universe – self-destructs. So it seems that, for atheists at least, their lovely nulliverse ain’t what happened.
God, according to Christianity, was not created. He just sits there whether there is time or not. He created time and He will end it. God fits the bill for the answer we are seeking. God is not a “concept”. God is real, He “is”. He can create, He is the source of creation. He can create a concept, He can create a nulliverse that makes a universe. Or He can do it any other way He likes. What He did was far more beautiful and poetic than a nulliverse. What He did was beyond human comprehension. He spoke the universe into existence. What the universe really is, the ultimate rules that it follows, the thing that make it be, all the rules of logic and concepts, what underpins everything – the “paper” on which are “written” the rules such as 1 and 1 equals two, the reason 1 and 1 makes 2, is Him.
God told me about the nulliverse hypothesis. He then told me why it’s not enough. He pointed to the many places in the Bible where He has made this information freely available to all and He reminded me that He is always ready to answer any question, however deep or complex, mathematical or scientific, moral or spiritual. All that is required is prayer. Prayer typically requires some faith, you need to believe you are asking a God that exists, although He will also sometime answer people that don’t actually believe in Him when they are asking.
So, it was God that made the universe and God that keeps it here. From examining some deep aspects of the big questions we can conclude that God is not a concept, was not created, and is real. Just as His book says –
Colossians 1:15-20King James Version (KJV)
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
If this makes any kind of sense to you, move on to the third question – and if you read above carefully you will see you need to rephrase that big question. It is not “What is it all for?” It is “Who is it all for?” The answer is also written above in the last three words of verse 16.
So, what are you going to do for Him today? He made you, He put you here. What are you going to do about that? What do you think He wants you to do? Say sorry for continually not being really as good as you know you should be? It’s a start. Let the hugest strongest make of the universe and everything lift your burdens, erase all shame, wipe the slate and give you a new better existence? All things are His even logic and concepts and history and reason. If He says your guilt has gone, it is so. Try and be a better person? Good move. Say thank you to Him and dedicate your life to Him? That’s the spirit! Get to know Him by reading His book and talking to Him in prayer? Live life more like it was meant to be? Have Him share a joke with you, give you gifts, make you smile, comfort you when you are down, protect you and give you eternal joy? Your life belongs to Him and you, it’s a shared experience. He knows all about it, beginning middle end new beginning and eternity. He is your maker and you are companions to each other. He knows everything about you and what you want.
I has wanted a small plant for our house. I felt that when I went to church He would find me one, although there had never been any plants sold to raise money in the church. A friend in church that Sunday, who knew nothing of my wanting a plant, suddenly said a friend had died and she had a small plant that she did not know what to do with. It went home with me in full flower.
My wife was studying fruit juices, minerals and vitamins, that kind of stuff. A couple of days later, there free of charge to take and keep, on a desk at work was a pile of books all about fruit juices, minerals and vitamins.
I had wanted a little glass sand-filled egg-timer to decorate my desk – an “executive toy” if you will. I had been looking for one to buy. In amongst the free books was a box, also free to take and keep. In the box was a glass egg-timer. It is on my desk beside this computer now.
He knows what you want. All you have to do is ask. Ask for the little things, ask for the big things, ask the big questions, ask the important things, ask Him “What are the important things?” Ask Jesus for forgiveness, ask Jesus how to live. Ask Jesus what you can do for Him today.