The Cross within Us

Without him was not anything made!

Jim Allen

Perhaps the most notable verses in the Bible for stating the existence of God are in John, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:1-3).

On the flipside of this great truth, Steven Hawking, Britain's celebrated intellect, and other brilliant scientists dismiss the words of John. They agree gravity played in key role in the formation of the universe but give credit to nature. In fact Hawking said, "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing…Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist." [1]

The Bible strikes down such a thought. Spontaneous creation dismisses the incredibly complex design found with the greatest and smallest of things. The Bible says all things were created by Christ (John 1:3). Paul writes in Colossians, "And he is before all things, and by him all things are held together" (Colossians 1:17).

If Hawking sees gravity as the glue holding all things together and necessary for creation, then what is gravity? Is gravity a natural law like Hawking believes; or, is gravity a force in nature created and used by Christ to create the universe? Many scientists admit they don't know and suspect there could be an Intelligent Designer.

Scientists can measure the effects of gravity but they cannot identify its properties with any known mechanism. They know gravity is a force set up by at least two bodies, such as the earth holding you and me in place. "Gravity is a complete mystery. We think there is a particle known as a graviton that produces gravity but we have been unable to find it and in fact there is no real evidence for its existence." [2] What we do know about gravity is that it is everywhere, invisible and undetectable. It is a force having the mysterious power to play a role in the formation galaxies, stars, and planets.

"One of the key words in the Colossians 1:17 passage above is the Greek word sunistemi which means to stand-together, to be compacted together, to cohere, to be constituted with. This passage can be applied to the … nucleus of every atom that is held together by what physicists call weak and strong forces…There is thus an active force imposed on the universe, which actively holds the very atoms of the material world together moment by moment, day by day, century by century." [3]

This paragraph is not suggesting God is gravity but that gravity could be a result of His omnipotence and omnipresence. When Jesus walked on the water he flouted gravity--it had no hold on Him. When Jesus ascended in Acts 1, he defied gravity and went up at will. When the rapture occurs, millions will be transformed in an instant and experience the release of gravity on their soul.

God is very much in touch with every atom pulsing through your body. He holds the universe, including you and me, together by His Word. Like GPS, He knows our whereabouts every second of the day. Nothing escapes His gaze. He is like a mother hovering over her children in full protection mode. And even when a sparrow falls to the ground from the pull of gravity, God knows it (Matthew 10:29-31).

Apart from the wonders of gravity described by Mr. Hawking, there is another wonder even more astounding. A molecular biologist, Rupert Timpl Ph.D., discovered a small protein molecule in 1979 that holds every living cell together, known as laminin. Maybe you've read about it. Without this incredible molecule, the human body and other forms of animal life would simply dissolve into piles of goo. Laminin interacts with other proteins in the cell to hold the cell membrane intact and give the body structure. The most astonishing thing about laminin is that it looks like a cross when viewed through an electron microscope.

Laminin, as shown in the picture, has a long arm and a short arm that intersect forming a cross. How amazing is that when compared to Colossians 1:17?

The take away is Jesus is before all things, and by him all things are held together. If gravity is the force that holds the universe together, then laminin is the force that holds you and me together. There is nothing made without God and no end to His creative power. There is no beginning and there is no end to this God of amazement. He planned, designed, and created all living things with extraordinary detail and wonder.

In Revelation Jesus refers to himself as the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. From the beginning to the end, Jesus is the Son of God who gives life and sustains life. If you ever begin to feel life is pulling you apart, fear not! God is able to keep it together when we trust in Him (John 10:29; Proverbs 3:5).

1. Reasonable Faith with William Lane Craig – Q & A – Hawking and Mlodinow: Philosophical Undertakers
3. Koinonia House – What Holds the Universe Together - Lambert Dolphin


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Published 10-31-13