“ . . . I can prove God mathematically using Einstein’s theory of relativity,” the medical doctor declared in the midst of a monologue about how much he loves science because of how much we can learn about God when we study His creation. Oh, really? I thought to myself, with equal curiosity and skepticism. After scrounging together a scrap of paper and pen, our small group watched over as Dr. A. Michael Minotti, our new doctor friend, demonstrated his mathematical proof of God over lunch. While Dr. Minotti’s demonstration may not be perfect and doesn’t necessarily “prove God”, it certainly is a very thought-provoking way of noticing the character of our Creator as displayed in His creation.
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, so that they are without excuse” ~ Romans 1:20
Dr. Minotti’s demonstration is based on fairly simple math calculations and some Biblical principles. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world” (John 8:12). In a number of places throughout the Bible, it mentions that God is the ultimate source of light. Let’s try to apply this by mathematically solving for the “mass” of God (i.e., how big God is):
In this equation “m0” is the “mass of God” that we’re trying to find. The “m” is irrelevant for this calculation. The ”v” stands for the velocity (speed and direction) of God and “c” is the constant number for the speed of light. Well, if God is light, then the velocity of God would be the speed of light (theoretically, for our calculation at least). That would mean that “v” is the same as “c” , which means that “v squared over c squared” is really just “c squared over c squared”. In math, any time you have a fraction with the same number on the bottom and the top (anything divided by itself), it is equal to 1. Simply put, if you have two halves of something, you must have a whole. So the v-squared over c-squared just equals one. Doing the part under the square root first, with the 1 minus the fraction, we find that it is the square root of one minus one. One minus one is zero, and the square root of zero is zero. Any time you have a fraction with a zero on bottom, the number is undefined (see the whole problem worked out below). The physical size of God is undefined – you can’t measure God!
Now that we’ve solved for the mass of God, we can also solve for the time of God – His age. Notice that the formula for time (below) looks just like the formula for mass, only with “t”s replacing our “m”s. We know that if you use the speed of light for the velocity of God (because God is light), our results are “UNDEFINED”. So, time is undefined for God – He is timeless! That certainly reminds me of some of the things I’ve read about God in the Bible.
So far, we’ve figured out that both the mass and time of God are mathematically undefined (that involves infinity). There a third equation that Dr. Minotti showed us is my favorite – it’s the formula for distance. What is the distance of God? How far away is He? Just like we did in the previous two formulas, using the speed of light for the velocity of God, we get zero under our square root. Anything multiplied by zero is equal to zero. So the distance of God, or “L0” is zero (full calculation below). That means that God’s distance from any point in space or time is zero. He is there. He is here. His distance from YOU is zero. God is ever-present.
Do you see it? Our Creator left fingerprints of His character in physics. God is light. He is beyond physical measure. Our Lord is beyond time. There is NO distance between the Creator and His Creation. He is ever-present with you. God is not just our Creator, but He also wants a personal intimate relationship with each and every one of us. You cannot run from God. God is with you. When trouble comes, choose to acknowledge that He is the Lord your Creator and He is with you. As long as He is with you, you do not have to fear, and can face whatever may come.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” ~ Romans 8:38-39
Copyright Sara J. Bruegel, February 2016
***Special thank you to Dr. A. Michael Minotti for showing me this demonstration in Tuscon, Arizona, on February 3rd, 2016. Thank you also, to Dr. Minotti, for giving his permission to write about it.***
Interesting article, however, I feel as if a major fallacy has been missed. If we are to take the mathematical rules and principles found in the physical word which, broadly put, is trying to bring two or more objects into relation to one another, then we must only use them for the physical, not the metaphysical. (The place where both space and time (space-time) ceases to exist; the place where no relational values can be placed has no true mathematical value.) Thus, it would be logical and completely understandable that you would have terms such as ‘undefined’ and ‘zero’ arising from the calculations. Science and math were never meant to prove God or prove the existence of the world. Science was and is to prove what is seen around you, not was believed to be seen, but what was seen. If we cross those lines, then we as believers will be ridiculed, and I, myself find many arguments such as this that come from Answers in Genesis which futile attempt to persuade the readers that they can use science to prove the metaphysical realm. Perhaps a more logical approach should be used, pray say the logical argument of energy. Can energy be self-directed, if so does this permit the rapid expansion theory to persist?
I hope I did not ramble on for too long.
Many thanks for the thought provoking article,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Micah!
Like I said in the article, this is Dr. Minotti’s idea, not my own. It’s definitely not perfect – I wouldn’t think of it as “proving” God and His existance, but merely seeing His character reflected in creation (a mathematical “proof” in the sense of a calculation). I would use it to help Christians see God in science, not to “prove” God to an athiest.
For clarification, I do not mean that we can calculate the metaphorical distance of God from any point. I taking about the real, physical distance from us. I don’t completely agree with you about separating the spiritual from the physical realm – they are interwoven and inseparable. For instance, the miracles of Jesus appear in the physical realm but cannot be explained by the physical. The existence of the entire universe (all of the physical world) is a miracle, unexplainable by physical forces alone. Your theology comes to play on this type of thougt. Hope this helps clarify. Blessings! ~ SJB
The burning bush said to Moses I am that I am , tell them I am sent you .
Moses wrote that God took dirt and water created a statue and blew life into his nostrils . He didn’t blow oxygen he blew life . Life is then consciousness and we descend from Gods sharing of his life / consciousness . God is not light in the sense of a radiating light bulb . More like the light of understanding metaphorically , light reveals what is in the dark . Metaphorically then darkness would be ignorance . Accepting God as a higher understanding would be the rawest form of faith . God then gifting faith to those who posses it , is nothing more than God sharing himself , which is understanding itself . A mathematical formula proving God sounds wonderful , but only to those that live in darkness . They live there because they choose it . There can be no understanding of God , but in Gods grace our minds have been anointed as Jesus was the anointed and think as he thought . Christ means the anointed one of God . Christian means Christ like . Knowing yourself you will know God . Somebody needs to apologize to God for belittling him to an object of chuckle and laughter .