The £5 billion Large Hadron Collider, known as the God machine, was turned on in Switzerland on 10th September 2008. Its aim was to create the conditions that existed in the universe just after the Big bang so that we may discover ‘the secrets behind the universe.’ They had done this by creating a 16 mile long tunnel and propelling beams around it at speeds of 600 million mph. As these beams collide head on they create temperatures 100,000 times hotter than the sun thus recreating the conditions of the Big Bang and telling us how the universe was created and how the laws that govern it came into being.
It is slightly ironic that they talked of ‘creating’ the conditions of the Big Bang, which means they had to make something. This reminds me of the story of the scientist who challenged God by saying that given time he could make life out of the dust of the earth. God agreed to his challenge and so the scientist scooped up some earth to begin his experiment. God then called down to him, ‘Wait a minute. Make your own dirt!’
The fact that something had to be created to simulate the conditions of the Big Bang points to its basic fallacy. The Big Bang could not have been the origin of the universe because something had to be there in the first place to explode and cause the universe to come into being. So where did this come from?
In fact Darwin’s ‘Origin of the Species’ and all the evolutionary ideas that have followed it cannot tell us about the origin of anything. How do you explain how billions of galaxies with their countless billions of stars could have come into being out of nothing exploding? Scientists have said that a vacuum can under certain circumstances give rise to matter. But the problem with this argument is that a vacuum is not ‘nothing’. Something has to create the conditions for a vacuum to exist.
Logic demands that if you have nothing, nothing will happen. It is just as hard to explain how an ordered universe could come out of the chaos of an explosion, how life can arise out of non life, how hugely complex life forms can arise from simple ones, with the ability to reproduce. It has proved to be an impossible feat to change one kind of creature into a different species of plant or animal. Such evolution has never been observed, only variations within species which are not really evolutionary change. Professor Richard Dawkins once confidently asserted in an interview that evolution has been observed. Then he was forced to add: ‘It’s just that it has not been observed while it’s happening.’ Quite. It has not been observed because it has never happened.
The true origin of the universe is Genesis 1.1 ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ The eternal God who has always existed and always will exist created the heavens and the earth ‘ex nihilo’ – out of nothing. He spoke the word and all that exists came into being including all life on earth which He created able to live on the planet and reproduce ‘after its own kind.’
The Bible has something to say about the scientists who created the Hadron Collider in an attempt to discover how the universe began: ‘Professing to be wise they became fools.’ Romans 1.22. ‘For this they wilfully forget that by the word of God the heavens were of old.’ 2 Peter 3.5.
In September, Europe’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (The European Organisation for Nuclear Research) will smash together sub-atomic particles at nearly the speed of light, an unprecedented experiment that has some of the leading voices in the world of science sounding the alarm on the risks involved. CERN’s scientists will play God in an effort to recreate the conditions that immediately followed the ‘Big Bang’ event that gave birth to the Universe ‘millions of years ago’. That in itself is a wrong assumption because ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ Genesis 1.1.
The CERN collider is composed of some 9,600 super magnets – which are 100,000 times more powerful than the gravitational pull of Earth. These magnets fire protons around a circular track at just below light-speed, making 11,245 circuits every second. In the process it will make super hot temperatures about as hot as conditions said to exist in the Universe after the Big Bang, or more than 100,000-times the temperature at the centre of the Sun. This will be achieved, CERN says, by accelerating and colliding together two beams of heavy ions.
If you feel a little bit uneasy about this, you won’t be comforted to know that in the preface to a book ‘Starmus’ Stephen Hawking, the eminent physicist, has said that ‘The God particle found by CERN could destroy the universe.’ He says it has the potential to trigger a ‘catastrophic vacuum decay which would cause space and time to collapse and… we would not have any warning to the dangers.’ Astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson said that the experiment could literally cause the planet to ‘explode.’ ‘Ask yourself: How much energy is keeping it together? Then you put more than that amount of energy into the object.’ Tyson was confident of the result: ‘It will explode.’
Sergio Bertolucci, former Director for Research and Scientific Computing of the facility, grabbed the headlines when he said the super collider could open a portal to another dimension for ‘a very tiny lapse of time.’ However, that may be just enough time ‘to peer into this open door, either by getting something out of it or sending something into it.’ What did he mean by this? Opening the door to aliens, engaging in time travel, contacting demons?
Strangely the CERN logo has a pattern, which appears to entwine the numbers 666. The town where part of it is situated, Saint-Genus-Pouilly had a temple in honour of Apollo and the people who lived there believed that it was a gateway to the underworld. The word ‘Pouilly’ in the name of this town is linguistically connected to the Greek god Apollo. In Revelation 9.1-11 we have a reference to the ‘bottomless pit’ and Apollyon: ‘And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.’ Outside the CERN headquarters there is a statue to the Hindu goddess Shiva, ancient Apollyon, the goddess of destruction. On April 25th the earthquake in Nepal destroyed the Temple of Shiva at the same time as a previously unknown particle was discovered at CERN. Strange?
Are scientists playing God going to bring about the end of the world? No, because God will do that His way and at His time, just as He created the heavens and the earth His way and at His time, by His Word and not by the Big Bang. But could those that are searching for the ‘God Particle’ be opening the gates of hell? Possibly.