God and Physics

by Lisa Hawker

To me, mathematics and physics are God’s own art form whose canvas is the physical universe. On close inspection, they are an observable, concrete demonstration of Biblical concepts.

Absolute zero, 0 on the Kelvin scale, -273.15° Celsius, -459.67° Fahrenheit. Absolute zero is the temperature at which molecular motion ceases. Theoretically, if an atom could attain absolute zero, its wave function would extend across the universe, which would mean the atom is located nowhere, i.e., would cease to exist.

This is Psalm 103 in observable form. When God forgives, verse 12 tells us, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Our sins are like the atom that has attained absolute zero. They extend across the universe (as far as east is from west). They are located nowhere. They cease to exist.

Fractals. Fractals are described as self-similar patterns, where self-similar means they are “the same from near as from far” or at every scale. (Think of the two mirrors facing one another and displaying smaller and smaller images of themselves into infinity.) The definition includes the idea of a detailed pattern repeating itself, and is at once simple and infinitely complex, as well as without beginning or end.  RNA strands are self-repeating patterns. Trees are too—the whole tree looks like the branch which looks like the twig which looks like the shoot and so on. Fractals are seen in every area of the universe, from the largest galaxy to the tiniest quark. The Bible itself is a fractal in which every story, letter, parable, verse is a repeated detailed pattern that points without fail or deviation to Christ.

String theory, which shows that the electron is not really a point, but a tiny loop of string. If it oscillates a certain way, then from a distance, unable to tell it is really a string, we see an electron. If it oscillates in another way, it’s called a photon, or a quark, etc. If string theory is correct, the entire universe is made of strings, including energy itself, as the Book of Genesis shows:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

The Hebrew word for “moved” is rachaph, but this word is much richer: it means to shake, flutter, tremble, vibrate, as in the theory of vibrating strings. God’s Spirit vibrated on the face of the waters, creating light and energy.

String theory also says that the universe has more than three dimensions (between nine and eleven, depending on which string theorist you talk to). Many of Jesus’ miracles are demonstrations of multi-dimensional string theory in practice—walking on water, through walls, appearing, disappearing, being two places at once, going back and forward in time. It’s all there.

Whoever says that math and science are incompatible with Biblical theology is misinformed.

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6 comments on “God and Physics

  1. Lisa, thanks for bringing all this together for us!

  2. Andy Hawker says:

    This reminds me of an article I read that basically said that true science is never “settled” since there is always something to discover, which is the essence of science. If you believe it is “settled”, then you have resigned yourself to the notion that there is no discovery, and thus no science and the end to the pursuit of truth. That, too, is like the creator of the universe, and all of its science, God. Our knowledge and communion with him can never be “settled” since He is omni-dimensional leaving more to be learned and discovered about Him. If we think we have “settled” who He is, then we are deceived into believing that there is nothing new for us to know about Him, and thus we cease seeking THE truth.

    Thanks, Lisa.

  3. Rob Honcoop says:

    Fantastic connections with math and science as they underscore compatible with Biblical theology. I’d enjoy dinner around the Hawker table as topic like these get discussed.

  4. Zane Gordon says:

    Lisa,
    Thank you for the post, and I could not agree with you more. To be frank, science, like a beacon, points to something outside our observable universe, and I think the laws of thermodynamics illustrate the point well. That something has to be supernatural, and yet as ancient and modern miracles indicate, can “transgress” into our existence. This implies a sentient attribute. Thus, “We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes). Funny. . . Jesus did say that he WAS the truth.

  5. Diana Kramer says:

    WOW. I love it when the seemingly unprovable is in fact provable and right in front of our faces! Amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Rilla Z says:

    Love this. I especially liked knowing the idea behind “rachaph.” Thanks!

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