* All scripture references use the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
How could one go about proving an invisible God? He cannot be seen, heard, smelled, touched, or tasted. Proof itself is a scientific concept that requires supporting evidence to validate a claim. Atheists and agnostics routinely proclaim there is no conceivable evidence that could support the claim, “God exists.” So how would science show proof of an invisible force or entity that cannot be detected by our five senses? Quite simply, it would do so by demonstrating the effects of the force, using the scientific method (observation, hypothesis, experimentation, and conclusion).
A scientist would make observations regarding the effect of the force and formulate a hypothesis (educated guess) concerning the nature of the force. He would then conduct experimentation, document his results, form his conclusions, and present his findings to the scientific community for scrutiny. The hypothesis becomes a scientific theory (a perceived truth) if, upon review, the evidence is found to support the hypothesis. Therefore, a scientific theory is a tested, scrutinized, and accepted explanation for the observed force or phenomena.
If the story is accurate, Isaac Newton observed an apple falling from a tree. This initiated the process in his mind that ultimately led to the formulation of the theory of gravity. The theory explained why the apple fell to earth and predicted that future falling apples, influenced by gravity, would also hit the earth. Though invisible, gravity's effect could certainly be observed and measured.
Proving that God exists works in similar fashion. Like gravity, He is invisible. He cannot be put in a test tube, looked at under a microscope, or peered at through a telescope. Since we cannot observe and measure Him directly, we will have to observe and measure His effect on the physical world. The conclusions drawn should be testable. Others should be able to draw similar conclusions when presented with the same evidence. The theory, or perceived truth, that emerges should also be predictive in nature. Assuming it can be proven that God has had a measurable effect on the world's past, He should continue to have a measurable effect on the world's future. Using the apple metaphor, future falling apples must also hit the ground.
We live in remarkable times. Just this week, the most grand and complex physics experiment of all time came on line underneath the Swiss-French border. On September 10, 2008, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) fired up, with the hopes of solving some of the most fundamental mysteries of the universe. This colossal atom smasher will be used by scientists to recreate the conditions present in the universe a few billionths of a second after the Big Bang. In particular, they are looking for the Higgs boson, nicknamed the “God Particle.” While this elusive, invisible, sub-atomic, smaller-than-small particle would be pervasive throughout the material universe, it has never been proven to exist. Since the particle would be far too small to ever observe directly, scientists hope to prove its existence by observing its sign, or footprint, as atoms are smashed together at velocities approaching the speed of light. It will be the footprint the God particle leaves behind, and not the particle itself, that proves its existence.
In some ways, God Himself is like that tiny, ubiquitous particle bearing His name. He is all pervasive, completely undetectable by human senses, and leaves a discernible footprint if one knows what to look for. A couple of advantages He has over the God particle, however, are that His footprint is much larger, and it doesn't require a multibillion dollar, 17-mile long, circular, underground atom smasher to detect it. Only two tools are required to detect His footprint. The first is the historical record (factual, dated history), and the second is the written word of God (the Bible).
While reading about the Hadron Collider, I chanced upon a website that suggested the scientists involved with this enormous experiment might be looking for the wrong thing. Instead of looking for particles of creation, perhaps they should be looking for patterns of creation. I agree, for it's the patterns that demonstrate the sign, seal, or footprint (evidence) of God upon the physical world. Observing the patterns is how we detect His effect.
Observing patterns is not a new or novel idea. Charles Darwin saw patterns in geologic strata, fossil layers, species progression, bird beaks, etc., and these patterns led him to formulate the theory that changed the world (1859). He is broadly considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time and probably the one most responsible for invalidating the concept of God and the truth of the Bible as the written word of God. Thanks in large part to Charles Darwin, atheists and agnostics of today consider God to be a failed hypothesis. For them, the Supreme Being failed to pass the test. He failed to measure up.
Well, new evidence calls for a new test, and this indeed is new evidence. Proves God will prove God using the scientific method of observation, hypothesis, experimentation, and conclusion and will then submit it to you, the reader, for review. I will end this article but will begin the discussion with a few observations and the hypothesis.
The hypothesis comes straight from the Bible, the New King James Version (NKJV).
Faith is supported by substance and evidence. It's not just empty belief as skeptics claim. The worlds were framed, as a carpenter frames a house, by the invisible word of God. The Bible is a written representation of that word. While the scriptures were penned by men, their underlying divine authorship can be clearly seen. God performs His word. The New Testament spoke of Jesus in this way, “The word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The spoken word became the written word and frames (past, present, and future) the physical world. The word materializes into the physical world. It reaches forever forward and forever backward. It's supernatural. He's God.
Every house has a builder. Every watch has a watchmaker. Every world has a creator.
The patterns found in the Bible will reflect clearly and repeatedly the effect of God upon the physical world. They prove God, and they prove the Bible as the word of God. He is not the god of political correctness. He is not the god of inclusiveness. He is the God who created all things. He's that God. His footprint can be clearly seen upon the earth, the cosmos, and man himself.
Once you “get it,” believe it. The patterns are there to demonstrate the authenticity of the Bible, the written word of God. However, it's not the patterns that have everlasting significance for us as individuals. It's the original message: