The Multiverse is an idea that has been gaining some traction in recent years, among both scientists and non-scientists, as an explanation for the origin of the universe. This has led to some very strange talking points coming from otherwise incredibly intelligent individuals. This article will discuss the multiverse idea from a Biblical perspective, and explain why it fails on all fronts as an explanation for anything.
So what exactly, is the multiverse? Wikipedia (not an ideal source admittedly) defines it as “a hypoetical group of multiple universes including the universe in which we live. Together, these universes comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, and the physical laws and constants that describe them.” This definition essentially says that the multiverse is everything, including multiple universes. There is, of course, an issue with this. To make this concept work, the scientists proposing it have to change the meaning of the word universe, from its traditional meaning of everything in the physical realm to everything we can perceive. It’s a subtle difference, but important. The new definition means that the extra universes are unobservable.
An idea like this does not just come out of nowhere. It has to be the logical outgrowth of strong philosophical adherence to an idea. In this case, the multiverse stems from the idea of the Big Bang. One of the proposed mechanisms for the Big Bang is something called cosmic inflation. Cosmic inflation has never been observed and runs counter to everything physicists understand about the nature of the universe, but some people have proposed it anyway. As this proposed inflation happened, it eventually reached a tipping point, where some of the inflation stops. However, in other regions it keeps going, causing areas of one universe to sort of pinch off and form their own universes, which then undergo their own Big Bangs and the process starts all over again.
This idea is absolutely absurd. For scientists who are absolutely committed to naturalism in everything else, this really seems to be an example of some bizarre and absurd cognitive dissonance. The multiverse is metaphysical by definition. It cannot be observed, tested, repeated or falsified, the key foundations of the scientific method. It does not make verifiable predictions either, which is something evolutionary scientists love to falsely chide creationists with. Never the less, some astrophysicists have latched onto the idea as a way to salvage the Big Bang. Of course, they conveniently ignore the fact that the logical end result of this is an infinite number of universes, varying by just one tiny detail, and that some of these infinite universes should only be populated by brains floating in jars, referred to as Boltzmann Brains. Perhaps there was a reason an evolutionist coined the term “Big Bang” as a way of mocking the concept….
There are some other problems with the multiverse scientifically. It relies on an inflationary theory, which has also not been observed. Instead, inflation has been inferred from the need for the Big Bang. The particle that purportedly drives inflation, the inflaton, has also never been observed, and even some evolutionists doubt its existence. Not the strongest foundations on which to build a theory as patently absurd as the multiverse.
Scripturally the multiverse fares no better. You could potentially argue that there could be more universes out there that God made in the creation week. However, since the Bible specifically says that God rested from His creation after the sixth day, they could not have been made thereafter. Further, since these purported universes would all have been affected by Adam’s sin, since the whole creation was affected, there could not be any life in those universes. This is because Christ died once for all, according to the Scriptures, yet only those of Adam’s lineage can be redeemed. That would permit all humans to be saved, but not the alien members of the Star Wars universe for example. Since the only reason, the multiverse is accepted is its ties to the Big Bang, which is diametrically opposed to Christianity, there is no reason for Christians to accept the multiverse.
In short, the multiverse is an incredibly speculative, and patently absurd idea that grew out of an equally unobserved scientific postulation meant to explain the origin of the universe. As such, these wild foolish speculations ought to be rejected by Christians as simply untenable scientifically and Scripturally.