Letters to the Editor
Regarding the questions of faith, the 'Big Bang' and the existence or otherwise of God, it might be helpful for your correspondent in (Letters 20/1) to reconsider the "invisible man" in Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion" in the light of the following offering?
The creation of the universe presupposes the existence of 'something' pre-existing it with the capacities to effect its creation by the exercise of its generating power. So, before anything was created, something with this power and capacities was already existing.
If ever there was even a milli-second when there was no existence of any kind whatsoever, still now it would be the same, because no power or essence could possibly emerge from non-existence.
This points very simply to the fact that what already existed had to be eternally uncreated and self-existing in its nature and essence without beginning or end. This mysterious pre-existing, uncreated, eternal essence is the necessary beginning and source of the creation.
So, the first moment of the creation occurred when it was 'triggered' into existence by the capacities of its uncreated source. This was the first moment in time, the first moment of created existence, the moment which saw the exercise and release of all the power which drives and fills the whole creation. This was the moment of 'The Big Bang'.
The 'trigger' for that first moment necessarily exists within the mystery of the essence and power of the eternal uncreated source, for it was within 'It' which the 'trigger' acted and the Creation came into being.
For those who believe the uncreated source to be the eternal, living, intelligent, omnipotent power and awesome mystery we call God; the exercise of His power to create was necessarily 'triggered' by the power of His will.
The 'world' of the unseen is no less real because the material world cannot apprehend it and examine it under its microscopes. The words of Scripture logically and clearly confirm what is said above, that "It is in Him that we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28)
The 'eyes' of faith and the mind and the heart are the instruments which enable us to perceive and to ponder the great mysteries of the unseen realities. And it is the gifts of faith and right reason which enable us, "to be sure of the things we hope for, and to be certain of the things we cannot see." (Hebrews 11:1) .......like Richard Dawkins' 'invisible man'
It has also been said, "For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible."