“There are apocalyptic objects in the universe: engines of destruction, menacing and mysterious: black holes. Even scientists who study them find them astonishing. Black holes defy our understanding of nature. They’re completely invisible, yet powerful beyond imagining. They can tear a star to shreds. Black holes even slow time. Once thought too strange to be real, black holes shatter our very understanding of physics. But we’re learning they may somehow be necessary for the universe we know to exist What are these strange, powerful objects? Outrageous and surprising, where are they, and how do they control the universe?”
Janna Levin, Astrophysicist at Barnard College of Columbia University
Even in the last twenty years, our understanding of these immense objects is expanding. Scientists now believe that supermassive black holes exist at the center of most, if not all, galaxies. While no one has ever directly observed one, scientists can infer its existence upon other objects in the universe. Mysterious. Invisible, yet powerful beyond imagining. Control the universe.
Hmm…this sounds familiar.
Scientists and laypersons differentially interpret the metaphysical implications of black holes. For some, it humbles them as the deeper they delve into the topic, the more seeming contradictions emerge. For others, it points them to the ultimate triumph of science and man to understand the universe. The groundbreaking research on black holes that is emerging is challenging our understanding of the universe, even reorienting our concepts of physics and science and ultimately the origin of the universe. Yet, the fundamental question that will never be answered by any equation is how can something emerge from nothing? Even if one hypothesizes that the universe began from a singularity, where matter is infinitely dense, such as the center of a black hole, how did it originally appear? Some even state that the entire universe exists as multiverses, perhaps linked by interactions between black holes. All this answer does is push the question further backward. It all had to start from something. How?
Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Jeremiah 32:17 (ESV)
Science helps us to understand how our universe works. God helps us to understand how it began. God does not reveal the mechanisms how His creation operates and it is clear that the deeper one investigates, the more complex it becomes. Since God created it, why should this surprise anyone?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.