The challenge this week is from a question sent in by Mike. Scientist Stephen Hawking says we can know for sure that nothing created the universe. Here’s why:
We have finally found something that doesn’t have a cause because there was no time for a cause to exist in. For me, this means there is no possibility of a creator, because there is no time for a creator to have existed.
Since time itself began at the moment of the Big Bang, it was an event that could not have been caused or created by anyone or anything….
So when people ask me if a God created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the Big Bang, so there is no time for God to make the universe in.
It’s like asking for directions to the edge of the earth. The earth is a sphere; it doesn’t have an edge. So looking for it is a futile exercise.
Here’s a four-minute clip from Hawking’s recent Discovery Channel documentary that contains the above quote. Take a look and give us your thoughts, and then we’ll hear Brett’s response on Thursday.