Something from Nothing?

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Something from Nothing. Is this possible!

In his latest book, The Grand Design, an extract of which is published in Eureka magazine in The Times, Hawking said: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.” He added: “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.” (Telegraph)

It’s been said ‘why is there something rather than nothing’. Is a law nothing? Where does spontaneity come from? Could such a thing be repeated? Could a building – or even a speck of dust spontaneously come into existence? Is spontaneity a thing? Can it be measured? What conditions are required for spontaneity to take place? There’s no doubt, Stephen Hawking has an uber-intelligence, but his latest position on the existence of God is plainly wrong. It throws up more questions than answers. If he’s been searching for an answer that will placate his (possible) desire for the non-existence of God then maybe he’s found it.

Were there to have been a Big Bang, logically, there must have been a Big Banger. To me, it makes perfect sense for there to have been a creator. The questions raised are philosophical and theological. Scientifically, I’m assuming, it’s impossible to create a condition of nothingness. Even in a vacuum there is something, it’s called a vacuum. Even a vacuum in space is a vacuum in a place of existence called space. Is creation an act? It’s a doing word – who’s the doer or the banger?

I’ll stick with the Biblical account.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  He was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

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  1. In “The Grand Design” Stephen Hawking postulates that the M-theory may be the Holy Grail of physics…the Grand Unified Theory which Einstein had tried to formulate and later abandoned. It expands on quantum mechanics and string theories.

    In my e-book on comparative mysticism is a quote by Albert Einstein: “…most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty – which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.”

    Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (fx raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.

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