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Dear Friend of Creation,
How do we learn about things that are invisible?
Well, for certain invisibilities, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on the Swiss-French border is a learning tool. The multi-billion-dollar, 17-mile-long, circular-tunnel-shaped machine has been “souped-up” with even more nuclear power and is back in action four years after it famously detected the Higgs-Boson subatomic particle – the so-called “God-particle”. Scientists around the globe are getting excited again because with even more power to smash atomic particles together, they will likely detect even more subatomic particles. As if there aren’t enough already!
Not that long ago, chemistry and physics students were taught about atoms which were simply made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. Today, however, the subatomic particles include quarks, gluons, leptons, bosons, the photon and others. There are six types of quarks – known as “flavors”, and named up, down, strange, charm, top and bottom. There are six different leptons (an electron is one type of lepton), 15 bosons, 8 gluons and 1 photon. Composite particles are the hadrons – hence, the term “hadron collider”. Hadrons include baryons which are made up of three quarks, such as protons and neutrons. They also include mesons which are made up of one quark and one anti-quark (a quark with an opposite charge) including pions and kaons.
You get the idea that it gets a little complicated?
But as hadron colliders become more powerful, physicists expect to detect still more subatomic particles which will manifest at the higher energies of collision!
Matter is fundamentally energy. And as particles of matter are broken up, they release energy. Hadrons – the composite subatomic particles of matter – have mass, but they can be broken into “truly elementary” particles of pure energy, without any mass. These include the leptons, gluons, quarks, bosons, and the photon – the classic quantum, or minimum quantity, of light (electromagnetic radiation).
So when we read, “And God said, ‘Let there be light’...”, one of the “truly elementary” particles came into existence. And it came into existence from the power, the creative energy in the sounding forth of God’s spoken word!
It is interesting that physicists theorize that the only difference between the truly elementary particles – the different quarks, leptons, and bosons, for example – is a difference in frequency of vibration!
The pure massless energy of each truly elementary particle is purely a vibration, distinguished from all the others by its unique vibration frequency – as in a vibrating string plucked at a different point along the neck of a guitar. This is why the mathematics of String Theory continues to unify and explain the increasing complication of the ever-increasing numbers of subatomic particles.
If this is all correct, then everything about us – at its invisible core reality – is a symphony of vibration! As biblical creationists, we know this to have emanated from the vibrating sound of God’s word. Indeed, Genesis 1 tells us repeatedly that God spoke the creation into existence over the course of Creation Week. And as Psalm 33 sums up, “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.… For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” The sound of God’s word was the root energy which underlies all creation!
In the early 5th century A.D., Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in modern Algeria, wrote a work called The Teacher in which he essentially asks the question: How do you go from a visible world of symbols to an invisible world of the highest reality?
He wrote how words operate as signs pointing beyond themselves. The word “orchid”, for instance, is a six-letter symbol which takes us in our minds to the reality of the beautiful flowering plant. Augustine made the point that language is not a one-to-one correspondence, but simply a signpost for the real thing. Words, therefore, can lead us to the invisible reality. And language leads us in the end to mystery and the need for faith as we are left realizing there is so much we do not know.
The actual teacher is not the person teaching but Christ within, Augustine wrote, because we must always connect the new signposts of words from which we are learning to what we’ve already learned to be true, building upon our storehouse of knowledge.
Creation is itself a signpost for the invisible spiritual reality of God in Christ – the mystery at the heart of the universe. As the Bible puts it, “…the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3). A flowering orchid, as a created thing, should actually lead us to its Creator. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood from the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
But we are cautioned not to let the false “philosophies and vain deceit” of men “spoil” us. This includes the false philosophy and arrogance of evolutionism – for in Christ, “the head of all principality and power”, we are “complete” (Colossians 2:10). This is the mission that we have at Creation Moments!
Many of the scientists involved with the Large Hadron Collider project may be caught up building on a worldview where the “creature is worshipped rather than the Creator”, similar to the mindset at the Tower of Babel. But in believing the Bible, you and I can conform all truth to that of Jesus Christ. Thank you for standing with us in this important endeavor!
Yours in Christ,
Mark Cadwallader, Board Chairman
P.S. This month I am excited to bring you The Great Ice Age – an outstanding DVD that will help you find out the answer to one of science’s greatest mysteries. Since the 1700s we’ve been told that the there have been many ice ages over millions of years. But now meteorologist and creation scientist Michael Oard shares evidence the mainline scientific community won’t tell you. He takes you on a journey of discovery through the mountains and plains to view the evidence revealing that the biblical record is by far the best explanation for the Ice Age.
On this beautifully filmed 97-minute DVD, he shares compelling evidence for only one Ice Age not long after the end of the global Flood as recorded in the Bible. You’ll see that the Genesis Flood provided the ideal conditions for the formation of the Ice Age over a period of just a few hundred years. After watching this DVD, you will know why the biblical record makes much more sense of what we find in the geologic record.
I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to own The Great Ice Age. I will rush it to you for your donation this month of $45 or more. Simply donate online or call us toll-free at 1-800-422-4253 during regular office hours.