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31st May, 2005

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Too weird to believe?

“My work on the origin of the Universe is on the border between science and religion, but I try to stay on the scientific side. We are on a minor planet of a very average star in the outer suburbs of one of a hundred thousand million galaxies. It is difficult to believe in a God that would care about us" (Stephen Hawking ).

Stephen Hawking rejects the God-idea for no other reason than that it seems impossible that any being could exist who is “bigger” than the universe. He understands the universe better than almost anybody else; he grasps its glory, its intricacy, its order and mathematical precision but, rather than concluding that such order requires an Orderer, he just cannot accept that any being could be intelligent enough and powerful enough to have done it. The notion that “someone out there” could have sufficient cerebral clout to monitor every subatomic particle, and sufficient power to have brought into being the massive amounts of energy throbbing throughout our universe stretches even his remarkable imagination too far.

He has a point. One cannot help but wonder if some Christians, too, might reject God if they realized what sort of God it would take to “be the Being” and to do the things that Scripture claims of Him. They too might find themselves incapable of accepting that such a glorious being could exist. Generally speaking, Jews have a better grasp of

the greatness of God than many Christians have, yet they balk at the idea that Jesus, the descendant of David destined to rule over the house of Jacob, was also “God in the flesh”. They cannot accept the possibility that the One True God could enter flesh and walk this planet and talk with us humans and still remain just the One Divine Being. In their eyes, to view Jesus as God would make two gods — an impossible prospect in the light of Deuteronomy 6:4:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!”

In addition to the problem of how Jesus could be God without inferring “another God”, Jews could not accept that the promised Messiah, treated in the Old Testament as a human “son of David”, could also be God in the flesh — the idea of the Incarnation is just too way out to believe.

The real problem lies in the innate and overwhelmingly powerful human tendency to reject any idea that seems too way-out to be possible. No rules of logic make it impossible to accept that one infinite being can be “manifested” in an unlimited number of ways, or even of “consisting of” a number of “parts” while remaining one being. Yet it seems too way out to many to believe; we tend to reject any ideas that just seem too far-fetched to our puny minds. But when it comes to God, nothing is impossible.


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