In 1964, Peter Higgs theorized that a subatomic particle, now known as the Higgs boson, was responsible for imparting mass to elementary particles. It was speculated to be a component of an invisible force field that permeates space.
As particles move through this cosmic soup — the Higgs field — they acquire mass. That’s important because mass is what makes the existence of all material things, including you and me, possible — hence, it’s divine nickname, the “God particle.”
For the scientific community the implications of the existence of the Higgs boson can hardly be overestimated. Among those implications is the belief that it proves the existence of matter, and thus life, is the product of evolution. The Higgs boson is considered by those who dismiss the existence of a divine creator as the missing link bridging the chasm between nothingness to everything.
The ancients used to worship the sun, moon and stars. Today man scoffs at such religious nonsense. However, such scoffing is somewhat hypocritical.
Most people would likely tell you they don’t worship these celestial objects or their terrestrial counterparts — collectively known as nature. Nevertheless, nature is worshiped today at the altar of the god, Evolution. And its “son,” the Higgs boson, has now been enthroned as the creator of all matter.
That worship was given voice by Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, the scientist in charge of the team that discovered the Higgs boson. When Gianotti realized the Higgs boson had been discovered she exclaimed, “My God!” That unguarded moment is revealing as to her estimation of this piece of matter.
Of course, people frequently take God’s name in vain by exclaiming “My God!” with no reference to a deity. But it’s what she said later that lends credence to the idea that she may have truly been acknowledging the Higgs boson as her god.
During a press conference announcing the discovery of the Higgs boson Gianotti said, “Thanks, nature!” rather than repeating, “My God!” That ensured that the god, Evolution, received her worship.
But Evolution is a false god seated upon a throne fashioned out of man’s pride and held together by the lies he chooses to believe because they appeal to his corrupt and fallen nature. The god Evolution does not require one to take up his cross and deny oneself of anything. Evolution allows man to believe he’s his own master, capable of saving himself from all that threatens him. Thus, the excitement of the discovery of the Higgs boson is understandable if one holds to a materialist worldview.
How ironic that the Higgs boson is publicized as the visible manifestation of the god Evolution and is said to be responsible for creation to be able to exist when the Bible describes Jesus Christ in similar terms.
“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17 ESV). In a sense Jesus Christ is the real God particle, the visible manifestation of the invisible heavenly Father, the creator of the Universe — and that includes the Higgs boson.
Terry Brown is associate pastor at Billings Praise Center.
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