If you are a physicist then perhaps you can help this preacher, ex-engineer, get to grips with what matter is?
In my Scottish O-Grade chemistry I remember our teacher, Mr Armstrong, drawing endless atomic structure diagrams on the blackboard. They looked a bit like this:
At the scale they were drawn I got the impression that matter what fairly substantial stuff, made up of closely packed rings of electrons flying around a pretty big solid nucleolus core.
But websites like this one tell me that if the proton in the centre of a hydrogen atom was the size of a small football, placed in Trafalgar Square (London) then then its electron ring would be buzzing around the M25. Atoms are mostly made up of noting. Matter is not at all substantial after all.
On top of that, atoms together make the mountains the great immovable objects of the world. Where does the energy come from which keeps electrons spinning round the nucleolus of an atom for eons? Is this perpetual energy or does the electron need a boost from outside the atom and if it needs a boost, where does this come from?
I recently blogged on God as author and director of a giant real movie and I can’t help but think that atomic physics helps this case. As one website puts it:
I used to think that things like rocks and buildings and my own skeleton were fairly solid. But they’re made up of atoms, and atoms, as you can see here, contain so little actual material that they can barely be said to exist. We are all phantoms.
If matter is largely nothing and what it is is largely some form of energy, perpetuated by the work of God, we are much more of a movie projection and much less of the hard stuff than I was led to believe as a teenager. I am on the right tracks?