The Ultimate Simple & Wonderful Grand Design

Today, there are hundreds of elementary particles that scientists have discovered; it is a building system providing different arrangements of the family of fundamental particles called fermions. For you nonscientist folks out there, stay with me on this, there is a point to gaining a simple sense of God’s infinitely small world.

It all started in 1805; the talk of atoms that is. English chemist John Dalton published his theory that matter was made of atoms. Through the 1930’s the atomic view was simply that all matter was made of 3 particles within the atom. These “elementary particles” (as they were thought to be at the time) were the proton (a particle with a positive electrical charge), the neutron (a particle with no electrical charge), and the electron (a particle with a negative electrical charge). The atom structure was one of a nucleus made up of protons and neutrons, and electrons circling in defined orbits. This view of the atom did not last long. By the 1950’s, scientists were discovering all kinds of smaller particles. Soon the “Standard Model” or “quantum field theory” was formulated between 1970 and 1973 to describe the fundamental interactions within particle physics with respect to 3 out of 4 fundamental forces in nature. The Standard Model remains in favor by many scientists as of this writing.

I am only scratching the surface on this subject of elementary particles. The point for my shallow treatment is only to open the eyes of the nonscientist to see that a whole grand “small world” is everywhere around us. Everything that is, has these exciting elementary particles. It is important to understand this “small world” structure to the best of our abilities if we want to appreciate God’s creation. Why, you ask? A person is not just flesh and bones, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems that can love, think and reason. A flower is not just pedals, leaves, and a stem, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems that can react to environment. Matter is not just a “thing” to be used or wasted, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems made up of a very beautiful structure of mathematics and organization. So what do these examples point to?

The more you know about God’s creation, the more wonderful it becomes; it is far more beautiful, far more complex, far more exact, far more mathematical, and far more perfectly designed than we can ever possibly realize. That is why I can say with complete assurance that God created the Universe all the way down to these quarks! There is no evolution in nature! With the design set before us, there has to be a Creator! You don’t get a sophisticated perfect design as we have by happenstance! You don’t have to be a particle physicist to see the wonder of all creation and its awesome building blocks.

What is the “glue” that holds the different particles together and forms these building blocks? And what is going on when we see the particles becoming “unglued”? First, there are four forces in the Universe; gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force, and the weak force. We are all familiar with gravity; it holds things and people to the surface of the Earth and the planets in their orbits. The force of electromagnetism is found in magnets and the electrical charges. The strong force holds the nucleus of atoms together (the quarks into hadrons, and hadrons into nuclei). The weak force is involved in radioactive decay. The fact that the Universe is “glued” together and governed by only four forces is amazing in itself, but what if it could be even simpler? A Universe ruled by a single force would be the ultimate simple grand design! Scientists are trying to discover this grand design so they can try to understand it. Christians should be excited about this possibility because an ultimate simple grand design does not “just happen”, it does not evolve, and it hasn’t always existed in time. You have heard it said the simplest design is the hardest to achieve; like poetry, perfect words in a perfect order, perfect simplicity can never “just happen”. It is always masterfully designed down to the smallest details; and so it is with the Universe…masterfully designed down to the simplest elementary particles. This is why my Christian brothers and sisters would do well to absorb my superficial presentation of elementary particles to more fully appreciate its beauty and majesty. Such an ultimate simple grand design can only be God created and as only God can do…it would be beautifully created out of nothing! Ex nihilo baby!

[For more discussion on Elementary Particles, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

The Ultimate Simple & Wonderful Grand Design

Today, there are hundreds of elementary particles that scientists have discovered; it is a building system providing different arrangements of the family of fundamental particles called fermions. For you nonscientist folks out there, stay with me on this, there is a point to gaining a simple sense of God’s infinitely small world.

It all started in 1805; the talk of atoms that is. English chemist John Dalton published his theory that matter was made of atoms. Through the 1930’s the atomic view was simply that all matter was made of 3 particles within the atom. These “elementary particles” (as they were thought to be at the time) were the proton (a particle with a positive electrical charge), the neutron (a particle with no electrical charge), and the electron (a particle with a negative electrical charge). The atom structure was one of a nucleus made up of protons and neutrons, and electrons circling in defined orbits. This view of the atom did not last long. By the 1950’s, scientists were discovering all kinds of smaller particles. Soon the “Standard Model” or “quantum field theory” was formulated between 1970 and 1973 to describe the fundamental interactions within particle physics with respect to 3 out of 4 fundamental forces in nature. The Standard Model remains in favor by many scientists as of this writing.

I am only scratching the surface on this subject of elementary particles. The point for my shallow treatment is only to open the eyes of the nonscientist to see that a whole grand “small world” is everywhere around us. Everything that is, has these exciting elementary particles. It is important to understand this “small world” structure to the best of our abilities if we want to appreciate God’s creation. Why, you ask? A person is not just flesh and bones, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems that can love, think and reason. A flower is not just pedals, leaves, and a stem, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems that can react to environment. Matter is not just a “thing” to be used or wasted, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems made up of a very beautiful structure of mathematics and organization. So what do these examples point to?

The more you know about God’s creation, the more wonderful it becomes; it is far more beautiful, far more complex, far more exact, far more mathematical, and far more perfectly designed than we can ever possibly realize. That is why I can say with complete assurance that God created the Universe all the way down to these quarks! There is no evolution in nature! With the design set before us, there has to be a Creator! You don’t get a sophisticated perfect design as we have by happenstance! You don’t have to be a particle physicist to see the wonder of all creation and its awesome building blocks.

What is the “glue” that holds the different particles together and forms these building blocks? And what is going on when we see the particles becoming “unglued”? First, there are four forces in the Universe; gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force, and the weak force. We are all familiar with gravity; it holds things and people to the surface of the Earth and the planets in their orbits. The force of electromagnetism is found in magnets and the electrical charges. The strong force holds the nucleus of atoms together (the quarks into hadrons, and hadrons into nuclei). The weak force is involved in radioactive decay. The fact that the Universe is “glued” together and governed by only four forces is amazing in itself, but what if it could be even simpler? A Universe ruled by a single force would be the ultimate simple grand design! Scientists are trying to discover this grand design so they can try to understand it. Christians should be excited about this possibility because an ultimate simple grand design does not “just happen”, it does not evolve, and it hasn’t always existed in time. You have heard it said the simplest design is the hardest to achieve; like poetry, perfect words in a perfect order, perfect simplicity can never “just happen”. It is always masterfully designed down to the smallest details; and so it is with the Universe…masterfully designed down to the simplest elementary particles. This is why my Christian brothers and sisters would do well to absorb my superficial presentation of elementary particles to more fully appreciate its beauty and majesty. Such an ultimate simple grand design can only be God created and as only God can do…it would be beautifully created out of nothing! Ex nihilo baby!

[For more discussion on Elementary Particles, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

In the vastness of the Universe, YOU are a special gift

Mankind has always driven to ask the questions of why we exist, what else is going on out there in the heavens, are we the only life in the Universe, will we exist after this life? I have heard people say that with the Universe so large that mathematically, the odds are there just has to be life on some other planet. They deem life to be simply one big search! I see it differently, understanding the age and the bigness is very important to the Christian.

We will be using a term, “light-year”; which is the distance light travels in one year. Light travels at a set speed, God gave us a wonderful fact of the Universe, in that the speed of light is set at a constant 186,000 miles per second. Andrew Fraknoi gives a neat way of understanding the distance of a light-year: A piece of string 1 light-year long would wrap around the equator of the earth 236 million times. We look at our Sun and think that it is far away, yet light takes only 8 minutes to reach Earth. The next nearest star beyond our sun is a little over 4 light-years away (the length of a piece of string that would wrap around the equator of the earth 944 million times).

With tools such as the Spitzer Space Telescope at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, helping us to find galaxies as deep as 11 billion light-years from earth, we know there are millions of galaxies in the Universe. Our Milky Way galaxy is part of a group of about 24 galaxies that we call the Local Group. Light that just now left the Great Galaxy in Andromeda, in our Local Group, will not reach us for another 2 million years. But please realize, we see that galaxy today; therefore, the light we see must have left the galaxy over 2 million years ago. We also know the Universe is much older than 2 million years because we see light from stars and galaxies much farther away than our Local Group.

Before you get all turned-off with a bunch of “boring numbers”, let me tell you why it is important for you to get a sense of the size of the Universe. The Christians that automatically reject scientific facts because they come from “science” and therefore must go against the Biblical Scriptures are missing a grand experience in the glory and wonderment of God’s Creation. If you are one of those Christians that believe the age of the Universe is 4 or 5 thousand years old as they claim the Bible purports (and I believe the Bible as Truth), let me say that you are uninformed based on our earthly view and our existence in time and space, yet you would be correct if you live outside our 3-dimensional world and in a multi-dimensional world. Simply look into the heavens at those tiny specks of light; we can see the proof of a much older Universe. It is real so don’t blindly turn your back on the facts just because you think it goes against your beliefs. Your beliefs are right and true, but not from your limited three-dimensional earthly view of the Universe. “Time” is a created dimension; a gift from God. From God’s view beyond “time” itself, the Universe is just now forming and just now ending (and everything between), all at this same moment. When there is no movement of time at all, we call that “now”; no past and no future, the beginning and the end are the same moment. Therefore, we can say that both the Biblical Creation of 6 days is correct and our earthly view that the Universe is millions and millions of years old is correct…both correct at the same time.

When asked if he was a man of faith in God as our Creator, Dr. William Blair, an astrophysicist and research professor at Johns Hopkins University, said yes and noted that he believed God created the heavens and the earth. The reason this is important is that Dr. Blair, who heads a NASA project looking into deep space, has written about the vastness of the universe, the Hubble Deep Field project, and noted the universe could hold upwards of 40 billion galaxies. Our Milky Way galaxy is but one of these 40 billion and Dr. Blair sees the hand of God in it. This is awesome my friends; here we find an astrophysicist and researcher who physically knows so much more than I, who sees it all as God created just as I do. My Christian brethren, don’t put all scientists down, we could all learn a lot about God from a man like this.

And here is the point, there is nothing in the Bible that would even suggest life on some other planet. God has created life only on Earth. Understanding the vastness and the grand design of the Universe points us toward an understanding of how loved we are by our Creator. In the vastness of the Universe, God knows you as a single individual and God is calling you to come to Him. Won’t you? God created you and loves you; what is going to be your response to that special gift?

[For more discussion on the Universe, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

You are NOT a Speck!

Some say that because there are many other planets, it is likely that there are other beings out there…other life in this Universe…just because it is so vast, so many probabilities, it has to be so.

Now, some say you are just a speck in this vast Universe…that you are not an individual, you are one of millions and billions on this planet earth and there are trillions more out in this Universe.  They celebrate the fact that we are of no consequence…why?  Do you believe this?  Do you think they are right?

Humanism paints a bleak picture of no hope. We labor in vain, it is never ending and for what? …gas is a jillion dollars…I can’t find a job…my mother is yelling at me…a June bug buzzed me last night…dust to dust…and on top of all that…I am but a speck in the Universe…nobody knows I am even here nor do they care.

My friends, there is nothing in the Bible about life on other planets…please don’t fall for all that junk.  You were created a little lower than the angels!  You were known before you were formed in the womb and before the foundation of the world!  How dare you feel small.  How dare you feel of no consequence and of no value.  How dare you feel you are nothing more than a speck in the universe!

Read 1 Corinthians 2:16.  It tells us that YOU have been given “the mind of Jesus”!  “The Scriptures ask, Has anyone ever known the thoughts of the Lord or given Him advice?  But we [Christians] understand what Christ is thinking.”  To understand what Christ is thinking is to have a relationship!  To understand is to be very close!

Read Colossians 2:2+3.  It tells us that He [Jesus] is the key to God’s mystery.  “And they [Christians] will truly know Christ.  Not only is He the key to God’s mystery, but all wisdom and knowledge are hidden away in Him.”

So why am I pressing these verses?  “…to keep you from being fooled by fancy talk.” (Colossians 2:4)  Humanism will try to pull you away from these Bible verses.  The bottom-line is: Would God provide this access to know the mind of Christ and the responsibility to know God’s mystery to a person of no consequence, a person unloved, a person of no value?  Of course not! You have great worth! You are loved!  Now, what is your response to this truth going to be?

Why this book is different:

“Looking” is a matter of perspective; to grow you have to open your eyes to a different way of viewing the facts. “Growth” is like a staircase; to get to the top, you must simply take one step after another. At each step, you will have the ability to see things at a higher level, a higher perspective…differently. Today many of the “arguments of the ages” have become tired and boring to people because they are at the base of the stairs and only hear the same arguments repeated. Is that going to be the end of our growth? People dig-in to defend “their turf”, without any vision, in the serious arguments of: does God exist, the creation of mankind, the Big Bang, evolution, nature, the Doctrine of Election, predestination, miracles, and time. They don’t have a clue that they are starting at the base of the staircase, and there is so much available that will enrich their lives. What then is to be OUR next step? This book is not just “the next step”; oh no, it is a quantum leap forward!

A quantum leap forward maybe a bold statement, but it is honest. The reason this book is different from the others that search for truth, or deal with theology & cosmology, is that it shows a person how to look differently at the world and universe around you. The answers to their questions, the questions of wars, and the questions of the ages are right in front of you.