Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The greatest mystery

Someone once said, the greatest mystery in the universe is, “why is there something rather than nothing.” He was right, of course. The simplest solution would be that in the beginning absolutely nothing existed, and absolutely nothing has ever existed. Since that seems rather absurd, consider some of the other options:

1) Stuff, or matter, always existed. The problem, of course is that it’s hard to imagine something that has just always been there. We want to ask, “but where did it come from?”

2) God always existed. The problem again is that it is hard to conceive of someone who has always been there. We want to ask, “where did God come from?”

3) Yet another option is to imagine that absolutely nothing existed--and then something came into existence all by itself and evolved entirely by chance into the astounding complexity that we see even in what used to be called a simple cell. There are, of course, other options as well but my point is that regardless of which option we choose, they all take a healthy dose of faith. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding themselves