Whose views is Lawrence Krauss summarizing above? Who is it who believes that God, having had no involvement
with the world for billions of years, all of a sudden began intervening in an alien world created by some rival power
several thousand years ago? One realizes with a start that, since
Lawrence Krauss, a great crowd favorite with the atheists, does not
believe in God, he can only be summarizing what he believes to be
the view held by theists! This idea, of an intruder God whose only
relation to the world is disruption, is as alien to the theistic
mind as would be this stranger-God to the world. God does work
wonders, suspending the normal, established ways the world works,
such as the conservation of matter and energy:
"One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten."
. . .though some readers think this is a miracle of sharing rather than something for nothing.
Who but the lawgiver has the power to change or suspend the law?:
"There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art
thou that judgest another?" (James 4:12). This lawgiver legislates
not only for mankind, but for inanimate objects as well: "Knowest
thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof
in the earth?" (Job 38:33). The laws in this case are not given by
one power, then broken by a rival power, against whom the first then
sets off in pursuit.
God is no intruder coming along late in time who, finding a world
built by a rival power, begins meddling with it. He creates and
sustains the world; His governance is rule by law. Traditional
theologians used to say that the act by which God sustains the world
is the same as that by which He created. His governance is by no
means hostile to the concept of law; if on occasion He does mighty
deeds not normally seen in the course of nature, it is only to put the
stamp of authorship on His revelation.
How, incidentally, do atheists like Krauss understand this
undeniable fact about the universe: that not only men, but planets,
galaxies, flowers and trees are subject to law? I will tell you
their answer, if you promise not to laugh. Here is the fable: there are a gazillion
universes, indeed an actual infinity of 'em. We cannot see the other
ones, nor ever will be able to, because they are over there beyond
the blue, beyond our sight, just over the event horizon. Thus,
conveniently enough, our tale can never be falsified by
observation; we can safely repeat it, though it is not science. Now it is
perplexing of course that nature should obey law. Why should the natural world show
constant, predictable, and intelligible patterns and inter-relations?
If there is no intelligence expressing itself in nature, then why
should the signal ring so clear, rather than random noise?
Well, you see, lots of those other universes were lawless,— you
know, those ones we can never see or experience, so this theory can
never be falsified,— this one we are stuck in, the only one we can
experience, just happens to be one of the lawful ones. Luck of the draw! Because, you
see, some universes just happen to be lawful, others lawless, like
Dodge City. These latter are the ones where, on Tuesday, water
burns, on Wednesday, it quenches fire, on Thursday, it bubbles, and
then on Friday, it's Monday. This is not a theory we can test,
because we can never see any of those other universes, but rather a
bed-time story to tell atheists to quiet their uneasy dreams.