The other day, my son came sauntering into the kitchen while I was cooking dinner. “Mom, do you believe god or a big bang created the universe?” he asked.
“Well….define god,” I answered.
“You know…a big, bearded man in the sky.”
“Well then, if by god you mean a big, bearded man in the sky, then I would go with a big bang. But, I think it might be a little more complicated than that. God means different things to different people. What do you think created the universe?”
“A big bang.”
And he went on to give a pretty through description of the Big Bang Theory for a 10 year-old; including little universes, explosions, atoms, and other things. When he was finished, I thought about what he said. I couldn’t really disagree with him, but decided to test his thinking and debating skills, because I know around here, he will be challenged on this and I want him to be prepared.
“Some people would ask who created those atoms that smashed into each other. They would say you are wrong because you can’t create something out of nothing. Maybe God created the atoms. What do you think?” I asked him.
He cocked his head and thought for a brief moment before he shot back, “Yeah but, who created God? Either way you look at it, something was created from nothing. That argument goes both ways, Mom.”
Check and mate. I had nothing.