Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium. He’s intelligent, humorous, likable and a little bit smug. So far as I know, he’s an atheist. Therefore, he’s troubled by a particularly difficult and long-standing problem: “dark matter“.
Gravity is presumed to be a consequence or characteristic of all matter. Every gram of matter results in a fixed and knowable amount of gravity. Scientists have measured the total amount of both gravity and matter in the universe and found a problem. The total amount of gravity appears to be about 25 times greater than the perceivable quantity of mass and energy should produce.
Scientists have been aware of this discrepancy since the 1930s but unable to offer a “scientific” (Godless) explanation. Scientists (who often doubt the existence of God and disparage the value of religion) have essentially dismissed this problem under the heading of “dark matter”. Their belief in their own understanding of mass and gravity is so strong that they blithely ignore the fact that their system of belief can’t perceive or account for 95% of the mass and energy of the universe and continue to insist that their system of belief remains undeniably valid.
If I come up with a theory of something that’s right 90% of the time, people will say, “Gee, that guy Al is pretty smart.” If I come up with a theory that’s right even 65% of the time, people will congratulate me for my logic. But if I devise a theory that’s wrong 95% of the time, people will snicker and say I’m an idiot. And if–despite acknowledging that my theory fails 95% of the time–I not only continue to believe in my theory but even insist that everyone else should also believe in it, people will call me a fool or a lunatic.
But that’s just what some scientists do. They can’t even perceive 95% of the universe, and yet they insist that that their ignorance is merely a mystery rather than evidence of flaws in the fundamental premises of their “science”.
My point is that a belief in”dark matter” and “dark energy” (which we can’t perceive but only infer) is no more “scientific” than a belief in God. More, the highly intelligent and well-educated scientists who disparage spiritual religions based on the existence of an unseen God, nevertheless believe that 95% of the universe is composed of unseen matter and energy. Thus, such scientists are guilty of practicing their own “physical” religion. (By ridiculing a spiritual faith while embracing a physical faith, such scientists make me wonder if I’m not witnessing yet another evidence of spiritual warfare.)
What follows is a brief video of scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson discussing the mystery of “dark matter”. At one point, he says we shouldn’t even call it “dark matter” . . . we should call it the “dark force”. On reflection, he jokes, “No, we shouldn’t have any name for it. . . . we should just call it . . . ‘Fred’.”
Ha. Ha. How witty.
But, in my opinion, maybe we should just call it “God“–or, at least, God’s kingdom.
Whenever anyone talks about the 95% of the universe that can’t be perceived and is therefore labeled “dark matter” and/or “dark energy,” I’m reminded of Genesis 1:1-5:
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
I understand Genesis 1: 1-5 to indicate that in the beginning, our Father YHWH ha Elohiym existed in a plane of reality that Moses (the probable author of Genesis), described as “darkness“.
3,400 years ago, Moses described the plane of existence that preceded the creation of our modern universe as “darkness“–and today, brilliant scientists describe the 95% of the universe that they can’t perceive as “dark matter“. What an interesting coincidence, hmm? (In both cases, when Moses said “darkness” and modern scientists say “dark matter,” we aren’t necessary talking something that is dark in the sense of “black”. We’re talking about something that can’t be directly perceived by mortal men with their normal endowment of five physical senses.)
Then God said, “Let there be light” and for the first time there was “light” of the sort that you and I can perceive. Insofar as light emanates from the stars and sun, and modern planets and matter may also emanate from the stars and sun, when we talk about “light,” we’re at least implicitly talking about the creation of all perceivable matter. Ultimately, we perceive the matter composing this universe with the light of this universe.
“[A]nd God divided the light from the darkness.” The newly-created universe of “light” did not replace the former plane of “darkness”. The plane of “darkness” (that predated the creation of the now known universe of “light”) did not cease to exist. Instead, the plane of “darkness” remained but was “divided” from the newly-created universe of “light”.
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.” That verse seems to say that the “darkness” and the “light” shared the same universe. If so, the newly created “light” was added to the pre-existing “darkness” and both existed together as “Day” and “Night” in the same plane of existence. But I suspect that Moses may have been merely trying to describe the difference between the original plane of “darkness” and the newly-created “universe of light” in terms that could be understood by newly-freed, largely uneducated Hebrew slaves. If so, the plane of “darkness” and the newly created “universe of light” could be two different planes of existence.
I certainly can’t prove it and I won’t argue this is gospel, but I suspect that when “God divided the light from the darkness,” He may have divided the newly-created “universe of light” from the pre-existing plane of “darkness” in such an absolute manner that mankind (dwelling in the universe of light) would never be able to directly perceive that plane of “darkness” with their normal five senses.
If so, I believe that the “dark matter” and “dark energy” (which scientist infer from their inability to account for all the sources of the known gravity) corresponds to the plane of “darkness” (imperceptibility) that predated the creation of the perceivable “universe of light” and still exists to this day.
This implies that God lives in the realm Moses described to newly-freed Hebrew slaves as “darkness”. I.e., God lives in a realm that mortals can’t directly perceive in the same sense that mortals can’t see in the dark.
If the current scientific estimates of the magnitude of dark matter and dark energy are accurate, and if dark matter and dark energy conform to the “darkness” described in Genesis 1:1-5, then the plane of “darkness” (imperceptibility) that is God, or is at least the realm which God inhabits, is 25 times larger than the known “universe of light”.
That proportion seems about right to me: God’s realm appears to be (at least) 25 times larger than our known “universe of light”.
More, God’s plane of “darkness” (imperceptibility) isn’t located at some distant galaxy, millions of light years away. God’s plane of “darkness” is right here among us, next to us, and even in us in the sense of 1 Corinthians 3:16 which reads, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (I have several more verses at the bottom of this article that also deal with the immediate presence of an unseen and unseeable God in our “universe of light”.) The immediate presence of God seems consistent with the scientific understanding that “dark matter” is not concentrated at some distant point, but is also all around us and even in us.
In any case, here’s the video of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson describing the mystery of “dark matter”. I can’t help believing that that mystery might be solved if scientists were willing to consider the description of “darkness” found in the first five verses of the entire Bible.
I also can’t help laughing when I see Mr. Tyson struggle to explain “dark matter” without ever touching on the possibility of God.
In fact, Dr. Tyson’s presentation doesn’t just make me smile, smirk or laugh–it cracks me up. It kinda reminds me of an old Monty Python skit. It’s silly to the point of hilarity. And these guys are supposed to be smart.
Finally, a few more Bible verses about God (and perhaps His plane of “darkness”/imperceptibility) being all around and even within us:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:7-10
“Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:23-24
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Mathew 1:23
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17