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Scientists Believed in a Particle That They Couldn't See

In the elite world of world-class scientists in the field of particle physics, announcements this dramatic are rare. This announcement, made on July 4, 2012, was so big that 1,000 scientists stood in line all night long to get into the room where the announcement would be made. The head of the coolest new "toy" in the world of particle physics, the 10 billion dollar Large Hadron Collider straddling France and Switzerland, was about to give what many anticipated would be a ground-breaking pronouncement about the discovery of what is believed to be the Higgs boson particle. (Although one MIT scientist cautioned, "We [still] do not yet understand the nature of this new particle.") This subatomic particle has been theorized for over fifty years but has never been seen, never measured, never proven. It's so fundamental in shaping the universe that some scientists have called it the "God particle."

An article in The New York Times about the Higgs boson announcement had this to say:

Confirmation of the Higgs boson or something very much like it would constitute a rendezvous with destiny for a generation of physicists who have believed in the boson for half a century without ever seeing it.

Now, isn't that interesting. These scientists have believed in something they cannot see and previously had been unable to prove! They have believed in this unproven particle because what they could see had convinced them that it had to be there.

And so it is that a Christian believes in the unseen God whom we cannot prove exists. We know that he exists because what we can see reveals his power and divine nature. It is not irrational to believe in God. On the contrary, nothing could be more rational.

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