- Matter Needs Creation
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Question: What is the proof that all of physical existence
had a beginning? The big bang does not prove beginning because there
are theories which explain that the world is in a period of
oscillation, meaning that it keeps collapsing back to a singularity,
so there could have been many big bangs aside from this one, thus
matter and energy prior to the big bang.
- Mesora: Scientists agree that
they cannot postulate anything prior to the Big Bang, as their
premises only work to explain the world as we know it. Therefore, they
abandon any explanation prior to the commencement of the Big Bang.
Additionally, the1st mishna of chapter 2 in Talmud Chagiga teaches
that man is not allowed to ponder 4 things, what is above the earth
and below it, what came before the earth and after it. Simply because
it is a futile search, there can be no basis found for any supposition
on there 4 topics.
- Regarding physical matter requiring creation, the simplest argument
is,.....a thing cannot create itself. The universe is physical and
therefore could not have created itself. It also could not be in
existence forever backwards, in that case, it would never reach its