There’s an old joke that says: “Never trust an atom; they make up everything.” Turns out that simply isn’t true. I won’t argue that you can trust atoms, but it’s a fact they hardly make up anything. According to scientists’ latest estimates as reported in Britain’s TheGuardian website, atoms form the basic materials for everything we can see around us, but altogether they only account for about five percent of everything that exists. The rest of the universe’s mass is attributed to “dark matter” and “dark energy.” How dark is dark matter? Very dark, indeed. So dark it can’t be detected. There’s no instrument sensitive enough to measure it, and every attempt to capture even the smallest shred has failed. But scientists are adamant. It has to be there, they say. Otherwise, what is there to hold the hold the universe together? Hmmmnnnn. What indeed?
Here is one possible alternative, as offered in Colossians 1:15-17. “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Or what about Hebrews 1:3? “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” Thus it seems to me that the Bible has a very logical, sensible explanation for what keeps the galaxies on course, our Great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The same God who created everything is also capable of holding everything together, everything visible and everything invisible.
I’m well aware that even Christian scientists try to avoid sticking the word “God” into the gaps of human knowledge. Because what happens if we later identify a “natural” process in the very gap where we once placed God? Here’s the Biblical answer to this question. “‘Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord” (Jer. 23:24). As Christians we don’t dare push God out to the edge of His universe. We freely admit there are plenty of gaps in human knowledge, but we admit no gaps at all in our God’s intimate involvement in all that is going on, whether natural or supernatural. He is between the electrons and protons of every atom and he is equally between the stars, upholding and sustaining all the universe “by His powerful Word.”
P.S. Here’s a little thought experiment. Dark matter was originally hypothesized some 80 years ago. Since then billions of dollars have been spent in a fruitless (so far, at least) effort to confirm its existence. But scientists persist in searching for it because they believe it must be there. I’m not denying the possibility that dark matter may exist (see the last paragraph of the main article), but I am asking you to consider who’s faith is more factually based, the scientist who believes in something no human has ever detected, or the Christian who believes in the Word of God, a word confirmed to us by the man who died and rose again?