Lo and behold.
Continuing to read Paul Davies’ book “Cosmic Jackpot” (see yesterday’s post) I discover more questions.
After populating the world of particle physics with an expanded list of bizarre particles and sub-particles that perform miraculous, impossible feats--which are by the way classified as "natural-" we come to what may be the final act.
The mechanics of the expanding universe dictate a required amount of overall mass and energy in the known universe. Simply put, this amount of mass is absolutely necessary in order to explain the observed rate of expansion.
The problem is that a great deal of the mass and energy that has to be out there is missing. It doesn’t show up anywhere, in any form. For this reason physicists have dubbed the missing material “dark matter” and “dark energy.”
It turns out that only 4% of the required mass and energy in the universe is visible and measurable by instruments! Basically, that means that 96% of the universe is, for all intents, missing. We can’t see it—we can’t measure it accurately—we don’t know where it is, or what it consists of. Amazing, huh?
Let’s proceed, remembering that what I just stated is scientific fact, not conjecture.
OK. So according to modern science, there is invisible force and invisible matter we know nothing about and cannot find anywhere that makes up the vast majority of the universe. Or so they say.
Since we can’t explain what it is, see it, locate it, or measure it, at this point in time it absolutely qualifies as a supernatural force, since it exists outside all of observed nature—its existence appears to be required for nature to function as it functions, but no observation of it within nature has ever been made.
How is this different than a religious belief?
It isn’t. In both cases, invisible forces that lie outside any known set of observations of nature are invoked to explain natural events that appear to the observer to be inexplicable without the invocation of said forces.
There are two differences I'll cover here.
One. There are a lot of people, over the centuries, who claim to have seen God or had encounters with God. No reputable scientist, however, has ever claimed to have seen anything whatsoever of dark matter or dark energy. So based on anecdotal reports, we’d have to presume there is actually more evidence that God exists than dark matter or dark energy.
Two. Scientists, who claim to be “objective,” and base all their arguments on facts, seem to have no difficulty whatsoever in invoking supernatural forces to explain things they don’t understand. They simply run a verbal con game on the world at large by calling them "unidentified natural forces."
On this premise, I think we all have to agree that, like dark energy and dark matter, God is an "unidentified natural force."
The next time you look around you, just think about the fact that we can only see 4% of reality. Mull it over. Think about what that other 96% is- where it is-
what it is.
For all we know, it’s right here in us.
May your roots find water, and your leaves know sun.