Walking through the bookstore a title caught my attention; The 4% Universe. So I stopped and lingered a few minutes while thoughts and questions came to mind. There in that same bookstore, and perhaps even within that very book I was holding, scientists, writers and thinkers have been stating with 100% certainty that 100% of the universe came from nothing. Stating with 100% certainty that the very author of the book in my hand, and even myself, the reader, had somehow evolved to this state where we could even contemplate such questions.
In a certain other section of the bookstore, are books that claim with 100% certainty that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth …” Now which is it? Are folks such as Richard Dawkins and Carl Sagan (something rest his soul) who know only of a small portion of the known 4% correct in their 100% assertion that they know how the entirety of the 100% came into being?
My gosh, in my very quick wandering through the book I discovered that the unknown 96% actually consists of a “dark matter” portion, and a “dark energy” portion. Further, the author makes the point that the unknown may never be discovered or understood and in fact may be unknowable. I don’t think the author is a theologian of any sort, and I don’t even know if he is a scientist involved in this search, or a mere journalistic spectator chronicling the adventurous search for truth; I probably won’t go beyond my immediate curiosity and actually read the book.
Now that other book on another shelf, the Bible, has some amazing statements as well; “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth …”. Or how about this one, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” And then there is this “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
It seems that the author of that modern book in my hand and the authors (Moses, John and Paul) of that very ancient book may very well be talking about the same things; unknown dark matter and energy, and “ … all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible …”.
The Bible also talks about an eternal life with that creator, available to any who would believe in, and trust the”Word”. The Word, by the way, is Jesus Christ.
So who are you going to trust, the modern or the ancient? Sounds like a question you may want to check out for yourself.