“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,” Hawking writes. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”
For a long time my response to “there is no God” has been to point out that we are here. Even if evolution produced homo sapiens over millions of years, and all that we see came from the “Big Bang,” where then did the stuff that banged come from? Something doesn’t just come from nothing. If you believe something comes from nothing, then that is creation, and it then becomes tough to argue there is not a creator. Well, Hawking has done it. Spontaneous creation, a magic cure all that allows creation to take place without a creator. And the kicker is that spontaneous creation is within the realm of possibility according the the new theories of physics. I’m glad that’s settled.
“Because there is a law such as gravity…” I wish I could ask Professor Hawking why there is a law such as gravity. The universal constant of gravity is expressed as the attraction between two bodies that have mass. If there was a time that no mass existed, then there would have been no gravity. Gravity cannot therefore be the cause behind spontaneous creation.
It takes a leap in logic to arrive at the conclusion that there can be creation without a creator. Hawking offers spontaneous creation as the smoking gun that kills even a need to believe in God. Genesis 1:1 says that God created the heavens and the earth. Why do physicists insist that God must obey the laws of physics? When I go to a basketball game, there are rules of play. The players stay in bounds, they cannot foul, some shots are worth 3 points but others only 2. The officials are there to see that the rules are adhered to, and there is also a clock keeper, score keeper and an official book to record the details. But I’m in the stands. I can be outside the boundary lines because the rules do not apply to me. I can leave the gym. James Naismith did not spend his entire life trapped on a basketball court; he existed before the rules of the game since he created them. Those rules did not apply to everything he did since he existed outside of the game. And so with God.
God existed before the rules of our physical universe did; he created those laws to apply to everything physical. He exists outside of them. Gravity, the passage of time, having mass and taking up space, only moving at 186,000 miles per second or less – laws we are bound by, not God. In a way, I find Hawking’s claims beneficial in promoting a belief in God not detrimental. For centuries those doubting the existence of God have argued that God could not create something from nothing. Hawking is arguing that creation happens randomly and without any cause whatsoever. Creation from nothing is possible, and according to Hawking inevitable. Believing in creation is therefore the only logical thing to do. Hawking said so.