Fathomless Simplicity of the Big Bang

Fathomless Simplicity of The Big Bang

When the cosmos began through the big bang creation event it was incalculably simple, marked by the infinite simplicity of the God-head. To understand this you need to visualize the process of some-thing or system of "things" going from a simple to a random state. A brand new truck carrying a neatly stacked pile of bricks crashing and scattering the bricks all over the road becomes a less simple system. A glass of water evaporating into space, a star exploding into a supernova. It's why you don't see a tornado hitting a junkyard and an Airbus coming out the other end. Scientists call this phenomenon "entropy" which, taken over all, is increasing.

With time, the entire Universe as a whole is moving in the direction of decreased simplicity to increased randomness.  There is one exception, however - LIFE. Systems which we call living, from simple organisms to ourselves, have negative entropy. They are, in fact, that tornado hitting the junk yard and resulting in an Airbus, but much much more. Since entropy is also called the arrow of time. Living things have their time arrow reversed in a way. Perhaps it's the thumbprint of God marking us with immortality.

At the beginning the "overall" entropy of the universe was not as it is today. The universe at the instant of it's creation was simple beyond understanding, beyond the simplicity of a single subatomic particle, and through the process of entropy became what it is today, yet with beautiful spiral galaxies, star systems and complex life forms on earth. It didn't have to be simple like this. In fact if what had happened were a purely random event it would have been immensely random. If, as atheistic scientists speculate, it was just one big-bang in an infinite number of cycles, it would have generated infinite randomness.

But is was SIMPLE. So simple that the probability of this state arising by chance has been calculated by the famous British Mathematician and Nobel Laureate, Sir Roger Penrose, as being 1 in (10 raised to the power of 10120). That's a 1 followed by 10120 zeroes. Now there are 1097 elementary particles in the Universe, so if you wrote a zero on each one of these (electrons protons neutrons etc) you're short of zeroes by vastly more than the grains of sand on the Earth.

God also is simple, infinitely simple, and invites us into that simplicity, best understood through the gaze of  a child.

Prayer Reflection

Lord God, our bodies are subject to decay in this world which  itself is passing away (Jn 2:17), yet You have promised another world, where suffering will be no more and every tear will be wiped away (Rev 21:1-4) Yes Lord you are restoring all creation and making all things new.

Even now we can taste the first fruits of the new Heavens through the Spirit of Jesus Christ who has been raised from the dead (1:Cor:15-20) and who will raise our own mortal bodies to be like His own in glory (Phil:3:21).

Even though our bodies are moving towards the grave there is something eternal within each of us that can move in the opposite direction, towards simplicity, beauty, unity - towards the oneness of God. Yes, our hearts, where God desires to rest, can become younger if they become simpler. A simple heart is an undivided heart, a heart that seeks after the One thing necessary (Luke:10-42), that seeks after its Creator,  that seeks after Love. Jesus placed before us the most beautiful example of simplicity, the heart of a child. Unless we become as a little child we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt:18-3). 

Where your treasure is there will your heart be also (Matt:6:21). Is your heart divided? It can happen slowly over time by erosion dissipation and disintegration. Fear not, it doesn't take much time to restore your heart to that of a child. It takes a simple desire, a willingness to begin again, like a small toddler who gets up after falling while learning to walk - looking confidently towards his father.

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