God and the so-called “God particle” (the Higgs boson)

On July 4, 2012, particle physicists announced the confirmation of the Higgs boson, an elusive particle they had been expecting to find for over fifty years. Their excitement is based on the importance of this discovery in (1) confirming the Standard Model that physicists rely on the predict particle interactions, and (2) providing a mechanism for particles to have mass and experience gravity. We need not understand the details of the physics, but the attribution to a particle of credit that belongs to God alone is another matter.

The Higgs boson is named after physicist Peter Higgs, who was the foremost among six physicists who predicted its existence. In 2006, Nobel Prize winning physicist Leon Lederman proved that even brilliant men can be tasteless when he wrote a book titled The God Particle about the search for the Higgs boson. Physicists avoid the nickname the God particle, but the media loves it and it will spread.

The human arrogance of using the term the God particle is enormous. The Higgs boson, if now better identified, is nothing more than part of what God created long ago. Just as he brought light into existence with a word (Gen. 1:3), God can create Higgs bosons or send them into oblivion with a word. One day he will banish heaven and earth (Rev. 20:11) and judge the wicked dead. The so-called “God particle” is not doing anything except what God created it to do!

Physicists exercised their faith in the Higgs boson for fifty years. Now they know it exists and does what they expected. They have no reason to criticize us who put our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith that will also be vindicated one day. In the final analysis, it is not the Higgs boson that holds the universe together by creating gravity. Instead, Jesus is the one who created the universe, sustains it and holds it together, just as Paul explains to us in Colossians 1:15–17:

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

However, while we watch for Jesus’ return, we might as well learn a little about how he has set the universe to function. The following link does a great job of teaching about the Higgs boson and the search for it: “The Higgs Boson Explained.”

Copyright © 2012 by Barry Applewhite. All rights reserved worldwide.