My dear friends in the atheist community continue to show their lack of understanding about what the “Nothing” means, when we say, Prior to the BB there was nothing.
They’ve describe Nothing as “An intensely hot and dense speck.” When I asked, So where was this tiny speck? the atheist said, "There must have been a tiny ring of space around it." And yesterday Gorth suggested that the Big Bang was a quantum event - that came out of “Nothing.” (((Deep Sigh)))
Atheists are caught in a true dilemma. We know from science that from literally nothing, everything came. But how? It appears that the only logical assumption is that something that existed outside of matter, space and time had to be the Cause of matter, space and time. Problem. When we begin to define what that Cause must have been like we wind up with a Greatest Conceivable Being or what we call God. And that of course is just not allowed in the atheist mind-set even if it meets the criteria for where the evidence is pointing. So what’s an atheist to do?
First, quantum mechanics is not going to save the atheist here. In QM, virtual particles come into being IN A VACUUM. The vacuum is not NOTHING. In fact it is a sea of fluctuating energy. The energy is endowed with a rich structure and subject to physical laws.
Second, the vacuum is sparked BY A SCIENTIST. There is only one possible Being that could have existed prior to or outside of BB and it wasn’t a scientist.
Third, The particles that exist in a Quantum Event do so for a period of time INVERSELY PROPORTIONAL TO THEIR MASS.
Fourth, in the case of the big bang, there was no vacuum - THERE WAS NOTHING. No scientist, No particles - Nothing.
Fifth, The universe is far too massive to last 14 billion years as a virtual particle.
Sixth, while it’s well known that atheists as a group are easily confused, it is wrong to confuse causality with predictability. Just because the Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle describes our inability to predict the location and speed of subatomic particles, i.e., where an electron will appear, that is not a case of an electron appearing out of nothing. In fact quantum theorists acknowledge that our very attempts to “observe” the speed and location of these particles may make them even more unpredictable to trace.
There is no QM model that involves a true origination ex nihilo.
Finally, atheists will say that the big bang is speculative physics that could change at any moment. Reality is the trend is in favor of an absolute beginning out of nothing.
Atheist physicist Victor Stenger tells us that the Big Bang is looking more probable all the time, “We have to leave open the possibility that [the Big Bang] could be wrong, but every year that goes by, and more astronomical data comes in, it’s more and more consistent with the general Big Bang picture.”
Cliff Walker, “An Interview with Particle Physicist Victor J. Stenger,” at http:www.positiveatheism.com/crt/stenger1.htm
“The beginning seems to present insuperable difficulties unless we agree to look on it as frankly supernatural,”
Atheist astronomer Arthur Eddington, “The Expanding Universe (New York: Macmillan), 178