Not all questions can be answered in the nothingness that we are surrounded by. But if one day they were, will the world collapse and cease to be what it is today?
What existed before the Big Bang: Humans have always found reasons behind occurrences. They might or might not be supported by evidence, but such reasons always exist. When we take a race back into time, we realise that humans created religion (Does God exist?) to answer the questions that were left unanswered.
Among all the questions that have fascinated the human race, there is one that keeps our mind craving for more. How did we come to exist? Charles Darwin answered this question on the most basic level with the theory of Evolution. (We are basically just monkeys without hair!) But then where did those monkeys come from? This series of ever-expanding questions takes us right to the one unanswered one: How was the universe, that we live and thrive in, created?
The eternal love-hate relationship between religion and science
But it is not a question for ‘one’ person to answer. And neither is it a question that can be answered in a fixed timeline. Does God exist?
We have to go beyond the limits of time and matter to quench the thirst of our knowledge
We also have to put aside our presumptions. For, we might not like the answer.
Thankfully, we have a foundation to build up on. All thanks to the great minds that never stopped looking out for the answers. In the Venn diagram of the people who sought out in search of a relationship between God and the universe, there are three main types: atheists, theists and agnostics. Which category you fall in will largely define what your personalised interpretation of the theories (scientific and religious) will result in. (Until an answer comes along)
The final problem
Entering in the 21st century, the Big Bang theory became common knowledge. Just to brush that knowledge, here is the vast topic presented in the most basic form: It is a widely accepted theory (complete with observations in support) that tells us that the universe was not omnipresent (it too had a beginning). But currently, there is just “nothingness” before that point of singularity.
With each passing day, as the universe is expanding exponentially, so are our minds. So a new question crops up at this point: If we do find what existed before the Big Bang, does God cease to exist?
If science finally won the Big-Bang versus God debate, what will happen to the world as we know it?
The Atheist View
In most of the questions that have itched the human brain, science has managed to prove that it was not the doing of a “God.” When man could not reason how winds blow, he reasoned there was a higher power in play. But as the knowledge built up and we studied in-depth about hot and cold currents, we knew for a fact which powers were at play.
This is not limited to winds or fire, many queries on and beyond Earth were taken up and answered with facts instead of putting everything on an unknown, undefined power.
If we go by this view, and this reason, the Big Bang theory may not answer how the Universe started (as of now); but this picture might change sooner or later. The human mind may not be big enough to grasp the truth, but it has a foundation to build up on and reach the truth one step at a time. To summarize, this view directly implies that science has all the answers and indeed it is the only true “God.”
Have you thought about this: If the final answer to what existed before the Big Bang has a win for the atheists, this will simply be followed by yet another problem.
Why? Well, because in the world of science there might be a starting point, but there are no end-points.
So, in short, the Theistic point of view may be disappointed but will never cease to exist!
The Theist View
It is not that this view fails to find answers; it just leads to very different ones. So, you might as well read along keeping an open mind, because it’s not like there is a definitive answer at this point of time.
When finding the answer to how winds work, the first answers came in the form of God. It might have been proved wrong, but was it completely untrue?
The deeper the science goes, the more we walk towards the center of unanswered questions.
We know about currents, we know about the rotation of the Earth, we know how the Sun affects various factors on Earth. We know a lot until there comes a time that we don’t know. Are we relying too much on the answers of science?
What if the answer to the final problem will take us right back to square one: God?
God without religion
But for that, we will first have to define God without the perspective of religion. What could be the purest form of the definition of this entity that we cannot understand? That is beyond our consciousness? Isn’t God a higher power that moves things that are beyond our control? Because by that definition, the Big Bang could, in fact, be proof of God.
Within the Theistic view, your definition of God and religion could highly change the perspective of what existed before the Big Bang Theory.
Theistic point of view is probably the most optimistic one though. Why? Well, it always finds a reason for a higher power to exist. And thus they will be content whether the point before singularity points to a God or not.
The Agnostic win-win
Speculation around what existed before the Big Bang started off with Edwin Hubble when he concurred that galaxies are racing away from us. So if the future says that all universe matter is rushing apart, what will the past say? Well, it points to an extremely tiny and extremely dense form of matter that (for reasons unknown) started to expand.
While some scientists accepted the idea, others found it too scary to be true. So, they deduced other conclusions such as the ‘Steady State’ theory. But later many observations were made. And these assured that everyone knew Big Bang was the only way the universe could have been born.
And indeed it was born. It was never stagnant. Nor was it infinite. There was a moment approximately 14 billion years ago when unexplained things occurred thanks to unexplained external factors. In fact, the human mind is limited to even know what the word “external” here stands for.
The Agnostic mind knows this fact. It knows there are no boundaries when the question is about God. And the human consciousness cannot ever suffice to understand either God or Universe within the framework of time.
While the other two views are worlds apart, the Agnostic view will always end up in a win-win situation. If ever, we deduce what existed before the Big Bang, the Agnostic God would surely see the light of that day.