Something from Nothing: The Worst Bait and Switch of all Time
Where did the universe come from? Why is there something rather than nothing? These are questions that have been asked for as long as there have been humans to ask questions. We want to know where we came from and where we are headed.
Scientists have discovered that the universe – space, time, and matter – had an absolute beginning in an event called the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago. Many atheistic scientists were reluctant to admit this because of its obvious theological inferences. If the universe began to exist, it must have a cause. And if it has a cause, that cause must be space-less, timeless, and immaterial – God.
For a long time, the atheistic assumption regarding the universe was that it was a “brute fact”, to quote Bertrand Russell. Science has shown that to be false. The universe began. Having their fundamental assumption ripped out from underneath them, atheists needed a way to avoid the obvious theological conclusion. What would rescue them? What could explain the absolute beginning of the universe, if not God? Nothing. No really, nothing.
Is nothing nothing, or is it something?
The word nothing at least means:
- no power
- no properties
- no potential
If nothing means no potential, which it does, then something from nothing is logically impossible.
There are only three possibilities with regard to the origin of the universe:
- The universe is eternal – proven false by modern cosmologist.
- The universe came from nothing – logically impossible.
- The universe has a Cause that is space-less, timeless, and immaterial.
So, what is the atheist to do, convert? Don’t be silly. Why convert, when you can redefine words?
Now, certain pop-atheists/scientists are redefining the word nothing to give it properties, power, and potential. They don’t even hide the fact that they have redefined it.
They will say, “We now know the universe can and did come from nothing!”
If you inquire about this, you will discover that they don’t mean literally nothing, they mean a quantum vacuum.
If you dare to think logically, you will say, “But isn’t a quantum vacuum something, and not nothing?”
“Nonsense!” you will be told. “In science, a quantum vacuum is nothing.”
However, if a quantum vacuum really is nothing, then why not call it “nothing” instead of “quantum vacuum”? Because it isn’t actually nothing. This is a classic bait and switch. If it were truly nothing then they would call it nothing, but it isn’t, so they call it a quantum vacuum at times (usually in the body of an article, or book, in smaller letters) and they call it nothing at other times (usually on front covers in large print). How convenient.
The thing is: this is the worst bait and switch ever. Something and nothing are polar opposites. In order for a bait and switch to work, the two things being switched should at least be closely related so as to go unnoticed. But if you try to switch nothing with something, good luck. It’s obvious. They know it’s obvious. They don’t care.
Believers are often accused of believing in magic. “Something from nothing” is worse than magic. At least with magic we have a magician and a hat. With nothing, well, nothing.