Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity rocked the world of science. It became one of his signature discoveries. As I have been taught, there are several things we can know from it. First, it proves that space time and matter are all interdependent – you cannot have one without the other. Space requires time and matter. Time requires matter and space. And matter requires time and space. Second, that it has been proven to five decimal places.
And third, it proves something else very significant about the universe. Something that Einstein did not like. He called it “irritating” and built into his theory something that would later be called the “fudge factor” to take care of it.
The universe is a massive thing! And there are many things that we do not yet understand about it. But just because we do not know everything does not mean we do not know anything. Today I want to talk about what we do know.
Everything that has a beginning has a cause.
This is pretty evident from everything that we experience. For example, a tree has a cause. It’s the seed that fell from another tree. This principle is called the Law of Causality. Indeed, if it were not for this, science would be impossible.
Nothing can be its own cause.
Again, this is pretty evident from everything we experience. The seed that grew into a tree cannot have come from itself. That seed has not grown into a tree yet and produced seed. And even when it does produce seeds, they are other seeds.
The universe (Space – Time – Matter) had a beginning.
Of the premises we’ve looked at so far, this one people may object to. It became popular in recent times to think that the universe is eternal.
This is actually why Einstein built a “fudge factor” into his Theory of Relativity. You see, his theory strongly demonstrated that there was an absolute beginning to the universe. In other words space, time and matter all had a beginning. He did not like this idea and preferred to see the universe as eternal and uncaused. It was not until he looked into Edwin Hubble’s telescope and saw the Red Shift, which indicated an expanding universe, did he reject his “fudge factor.” He called it “the greatest blunder of my life.” And from there on he wanted “to know how God created the world.” Albert Einstein admitted that he was wrong about the creation of the Universe, there was a beginning!
Therefore, the cause of the universe must be spaceless, timeless and immaterial.
Some may wonder, does this mean God created the universe? Maybe not in a direct sense but I want to offer these as corollary. The Christian God is spaceless, timeless and immaterial. His nature stands outside these things. Also, Genesis 1:1-the first verse of the Bible-says that “In the beginning (time) God created the Heaven’s (space) and earth (matter).” In this first verse we have all the elements needed by logic and science for the origins of the universe.
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