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August 4th, 2010
09:33 PM ET

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  1. Himangsu Sekhar Pal

    IF GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE, THEN WHO CREATED GOD?
    Earlier it was impossible for us to give any satisfactory answer to this question. But modern science, rather we should say that Einstein, has made it an easy task for us. And Stephen Hawking has provided us with the clue necessary for solving this riddle. Actually scientists in their infinite wisdom have already kept the ground well-prepared for us believers so that one day we can give a most plausible and logically consistent answer to this age-old question. Let me first quote from the book “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking:
    “The idea of inflation could also explain why there is so much matter in the universe. There is something like ten million million million million million million million million million million million million million million (1 with eighty zeroes after it) particles in the region of the universe that we can observe. Where did they all come from? The answer is that, in quantum theory, particles can be created out of energy in the form of particle/antiparticle pairs. But that just raises the question of where the energy came from. The answer is that the total energy of the universe is exactly zero.”
    Here the question stops. So the clue is this: if we can ultimately arrive at zero, then no further question will be raised, and there will be no infinite regression. What I intend to do here is something similar to that. I want to show that our God is a bunch of several zeroes, and that therefore no further question need be raised about His origin. And here comes Einstein with his special theory of relativity for giving us the necessary empirical support for our project.
    God is a Being. Therefore God will have existence as well as essence. So I will have to show that both from the point of view of existence as well as from the point of view of essence God is zero. It is almost a common parlance that God is spaceless, timeless, changeless, immortal, and all-pervading. Here we are getting three zeroes; space is zero, time is zero, change is zero. But how to prove that if there is a God, then that God will be spaceless, timeless, and changeless? From special theory of relativity we come to know that for light both distance and time become unreal. For light even an infinite distance is infinitely contracted to zero. The volume of an infinite universe full of light only will be simply zero due to this property of light. A universe with zero volume is a spaceless universe. Again at the speed of light time totally stops. So a universe full of light only is a spaceless, timeless universe. But these are the properties of light only! How do we come to know that God is also having the same properties of light so that God can also be spaceless, timeless? Scientists have shown that if there is a God, then that God can only be light, and nothing else, and that therefore He will have all the properties of light. Here is the proof.
    Scientists have shown that total energy of the universe is always zero. If total energy is zero, then total mass will also be zero due to energy-mass equivalence. Now if there is a God, then scientists have calculated the total energy and mass of the universe by taking into consideration the fact that there is also a God. In other words, if there is a God, then this total energy-mass calculation by the scientists is God-inclusive, not God-exclusive. This is due to two reasons. First of all, even if there is a God, they do not know that there is a God. Secondly, they do not admit that there is a God. So, if there is a God, then they have not been able to keep that God aside before making this calculation, because they do not know that there is a God. They cannot say that they have kept Him aside and then made this calculation, because by saying that they will admit that there is a God. At most they can say that there is no God. But we are not going to accept that statement as the final verdict on God-issue, because we are disputing that statement. So the matter of the fact is this: if God is really there, then total mass and energy of the universe including that God are zero. Therefore mass and energy of God will also be zero. God is without any mass, without any energy. And Einstein has already shown that anything having zero rest-mass will have the speed of light. In other words, it will be light. So, if God is there, then God is also light, and therefore He is spaceless, timeless. So from the point of view of existence God is zero, because he is spaceless, timeless, without any mass, without any energy.
    Now we will have to show that from the point of view of essence also God is zero. If there is only one being in the universe, and if there is no second being other than that being, then that being cannot have any such property as love, hate, cruelty, compassion, benevolence, etc. Let us say that God is cruel. Now to whom can He be cruel if there is no other being other than God Himself? So, if God is cruel, then is He cruel to Himself? Therefore if we say that God is all-loving, merciful, benevolent, etc., then we are also admitting that God is not alone, that there is another being co-eternal with God to whom He can show His love, benevolence, goodness, mercy, compassion, etc. If we say that God is all-loving, then we are also saying that this “all” is co-eternal with God. Thus we are admitting that God has not created the universe at all, and that therefore we need not have to revere Him, for the simple reason that He is not our creator!
    It is usually said that God is good. But Bertrand Russell has shown that God cannot be good for the simple reason that if God is good, then there is a standard of goodness which is independent of God’s will. Therefore, if God is the ultimate Being, then that God cannot be good. But neither can He be evil. God is beyond good and evil. Like Hindu’s Brahma, a real God can only be nirguna, nirupadhik; without any name, without any quality. From the point of view of essence also, a real God is a zero.
    So, why should there be any need for creation here, if God is existentially, as well as essentially, zero?
    But if there is someone who is intelligent and clever enough, then he will not stop arguing here. He will point out to another infinite regression. If God is light, then He will no doubt be spaceless, timeless, etc. Therefore one infinite regression is thus arrested. But what about the second regression? How, and from whom, does light get its own peculiar properties by means of which we have successfully arrested the first regression? So, here is another infinite regression. But we need not have to worry much about this regression, because this problem has already been solved. A whole thing, by virtue of its being the whole thing, will have all the properties of spacelessness, timelessness, changelessness, deathlessness. It need not have to depend on any other external source for getting these properties. Thus no further infinite regression will be there.
    H. S. Pal

    November 14, 2010 at 12:34 am |
  2. Catholic

    she speaks about the catholic church ?? the catholic church is the only institution in the world keeping human rights and family values, and we respect women rights more than anyone , and yes feminism is as bad as chauvinism

    August 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  3. Wes P

    Thank you all for your comments, I believe– what is christianity any way. Apostle or disciple either way they were called christian because they followed Christ The Man which is God incarnate. Try to catch the Wild Goose and tell ma what you get! I challenge those to try and prove there is no God. Just remember that you should fear the one that can place you in Hell Forever and Ever and Ever and Ever and Ever and Ever- Got it Yet.
    So when it comes to Anne do not judge lest the same rod you use to judge her is measured on you , can you measure up.
    Remember Jesus came to fulfill HIS PASSION
    Love so grand he layed his Life down for Anne and for me and U

    August 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  4. TheRationale

    The last fifteen seconds undid everything she just said in the seven minutes before. Christianity is full of all the evil stuff she's backing out of, and most of it is in the Bible from the mouth of God himself. She will probably either make some neo-religious mentality that is just some amorphous vision of God and Jesus, irrespective of the Bible of course, or actually see that it's all nonsense to begin with.

    August 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Mel

    Matthew 22:37-40:"You must love the Lord with all your hear, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first commandment. A second is equally important:'Love your neighbor as yourself.' The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments." Sounds easy but is very hard for we sinners. Thank goodness that God provided a way for us, the sinners, to be cleansed of our sins, purifying our souls to live with God. How, you ask, John 3:16 "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, sot that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." So love God with all of your heart, accept Jesus – God's son – as your Savior, love the people you meet in your life and don't judge, lest you be judged in the same way. You might not like what another is doing, you have a choice: 1) don't judge them, don't say anything at all, or 2) guide them, through scripture, on what God has said on the issue – not what you think. My husband and I lived together before we were married in the Protestant church. A good friend admonished me that we were living in a sinful union, backing his words with scripture. I accepted the rebuke and kept the friend. Loving someone does not mean that you must agree with everything they do or say, and God may prompt you to be a witness to that person!

    August 9, 2010 at 11:39 am |
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