For many of us, the discovery of the Higgs Boson “God Particle,” the nickname for whatever gives mass matter, is yet another cool scientific discovery. It does not, however, challenge our faith in the God behind the particle.
Maybe it was a strong upbringing around faith and the faithful that makes my own faith fairly unshakable.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my doubts. After thirty years of examining the most problematic Bible verses, I’ve had to reconcile many thoughts about God. And people who consider some of the things I have come to learn have way bigger hurdles than the God Particle when it comes to faith.
It never seems to be the scientific discoveries that jolt my faith. Rather, it’s the reports of disaster, war and suffering on a large scale that make me wonder if the great Master of the universe is really at the wheel up there in the heavens.
Maybe those Christians who had problems with dinosaurs, for example, are really in crisis right now over the God Particle. Dinosaurs certainly have caused quite a challenge for Bible literalists, and many still deny their existence on earth. Millions of dollars have been spent by evolutionists and creationists arguing over the proper place for the creatures in our public school teaching. And as recently as March, 2012, New York City schools decided to ban dinosaurs from testing to prevent unpleasant emotions among students.
Now back to the God Particle. To many, it seems we have just been able to put amazing new glasses on and “see” something smaller for the first time; some subatomic thing that we had already figured out must exist. It is a big deal! Maybe it takes us back before the earth was formed. Maybe it will help us as a planet and as a people.
Most surprisingly, for many who have “faith” in God, that is very cool. A little more of the mystery revealed; another lens into the magnificent universe, or universes, as the case may be.
One who believes in God need not believe God “wrote” the Bible. Maybe some are OK with the idea that God is something entirely bigger. And, just because we know a little more than we used to about the mechanics of matter, does that need to alter one’s basic belief in a power greater than human?
Dinosaurs, problematic or contradictory scriptures or even the nature of matter don’t shake the faith of everyone, despite some media hype over the “implications” of the discovery.
For many people who never believed in God to begin with or for those of us who happen to believe there is someone or something behind all this, there is not such a huge “science v. religion” divide.
For a lot of people who believe in God, there is room for all things to unfold as they will over time. For those who have already “let God out of the box” of the Bible or of the church, there is great comfort in the infinite possibilities of what God might be. And the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, the “God Particle,” only strengthens and excites this group of “faithfuls.”
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