The Voiceprint of God
I’ve been amazed at the amount of recent media attention concerning scientific and theological topics. In one month alone, “The Son of God”, “God’s Not Dead”, and “Noah” movies have been released along with the re-launching of the popular TV series “Cosmos”. If this weren’t enough, we also had a landmark announcement by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics of the “First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation”. This latest discovery, which I call “The Voiceprint of God”, is today’s topic.
Contrary to some claims, this latest discovery does not prove the “Big Bang”. In my opinion, the Big Bang (or singularity event) was “proved” back in 1964 with the discovery of the Cosmic Background Radiation by Nobel Laureates Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson. In 1992, this background radiation was mapped by the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, which revealed that the background radiation was remarkably homogeneous (to 1 part in 100,000). In 2003, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) provided an even higher resolution map of this background radiation along with a more precise measurement of the age and expansion rate of the universe.
What the recent BICEP2* project revealed was direct evidence of the expansion of our universe AFTER the singularity event. In essence, scientists were able to measure a polarization wave pattern imprinted on the space-time boundary. Without getting too technical, this latest data shows distinct gravitational waves at the edge of the visible universe. These waves represent the echoes of the “Big Bang” as they appeared 380,000 years after time began. These waves are the gravitational imprint left on primordial light as the universe was expanding from a dense, lumpy mass of energetic, fundamental particles into a larger, cooler universe. At this point, the nascent light that had been scattering around for some 380,000 years was finally “released” to begin a 13.8 Billion year journey to earth to be ultimately captured by sensors at the South Pole.
This latest finding is part of a mountain of scientific evidence pointing to creation of our world by an outside agent. This mountain of evidence continues to build with every turn of the archeologist’s shovel, by every peek into the astronomer’s telescope, and through analysis of DNA sequencing by molecular anthropologists. This most recent discovery has been labeled by the scientific community as “irrefutable evidence” that we live in a non-static, non-eternal universe with a distinct beginning in the finite past. I contend that what we have just witnessed through the Keck Array in Antarctica is nothing short of the reverberation of the voiceprint of God when he spoke and the universe leapt into existence.
This begs the question, if God made the universe, who made God? I believe that the only rational answer is that God has always existed. As such, no one made God and God certainly did not create himself. God is independent of time, space, and matter. He is the uncaused, first cause. Last week, when someone asked me in class, “what was here before time began?”, my answer was “there was nothing; however, there was someone, and I believe that someone is the eternal, triune God revealed in the scriptures”. Or to put it in philosophical terms, although our universe has temporal finitude (e.g. there was a point in time (t) when t=0), the universe could not exist if God also had temporal finitude (e.g. God is eternal) or ontological finitude (e.g God is self existent). Simply put, while we are completely dependent on God for our existence, God does not, in turn, need us. (see Acts 17:24,25)
So, why should I care if some geek scientists saw some polarized waves out in deep space? How does that affect my life and how I live it? Well, the same God who spoke the universe into existence still speaks today. Although we have just recently seen the reverberations of the voice of a transcendent Creator, he has been speaking to mankind for ages through the stars, through nature, and all throughout creation. Sometimes, he whispers to our souls in a still, small voice. At other times, he shouts to us through the pain of losing a loved one. Most often, however, he speaks to us through his Word. You see, God is quite interested in you and the same God who created time, simply wants to spend time with you. So, how can you do that? May I suggest three easy steps?
Find a Bible. Open the Bible. Begin reading the Bible.
You may be surprised to see the voiceprint of God within those pages (and you don't have to travel to Antarctica to do so).
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” – Psalm 19:1
* BICEP = Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization