The CERN1 Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the biggest particle accelerator on the planet. It is implemented in a 17 mile storage ring located on the French/Swiss border and was restarted in June 2015. It is common to hear that one of the goals is to create, in the particles that are smashed together, conditions similar to those in the alleged big bang.
Since the LHC was brought back online, I have had several people contact me asking my opinion of the astounding claims of some preachers and Bible commentators in regards to this facility “opening a portal to Hell” or even destroying the Universe. As result I recently watched the YouTube video “C E R N the Opening of the Abyss?”2 The following is my assessment.
The preacher, Charles Lawson, is a church pastor and he speaks very strongly about his concern that Lucifer will be unleashed on the planet through a portal created by the LHC. For the record, I do not share his concern. But like any commentary on world events and on their connection to Bible prophesy there will always be undeniable truths. I do find that I agree with some things he says, but largely I find the claims without foundation and more based on emotional hype than solid scientific facts.
The LHC was made very famous for its use by the ATLAS and CMS experiments in the discovery of the now famous Higgs boson,3 a sub-atomic particle. It has been labelled the ‘God’ particle, because in theoretical particle physics it was found to be required to give mass to all known particles. Furthermore the Nobel prize in physics was awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs in 2013 for its discovery.
Early in the above-mentioned YouTube presentation the preacher apparently quotes Professor Stephen Hawking saying, “The ‘God’ particle could destroy the universe,” and Neil deGrasse Tyson saying, “CERN could blow up the planet.”4
What Hawking actually wrote in a book, as quoted by the Daily Mail, was:
“The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become megastable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV). This could mean that the universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light. This could happen at any time and we wouldn’t see it coming.”5
But Daily Mail article continued with:
“The professor did add sarcastically, however, that such an event is unlikely in the near future. ‘A particle accelerator that reaches 100bn GeV would be larger than Earth, and is unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate.’”
So in fact he was not even talking about the LHC but some hypothetical machine not yet even invented and possibly never could be.
Professor John Ellis, a theoretical physicist at CERN, is quoted by the same article as saying:
“One thing should be made clear. The discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) did not cause this problem, and collisions at the LHC could not trigger the instability, because their energies are far too low.”5
Then the preacher continued by suggesting that the physicists at the LHC discovered things they did not expect (which is par for the course in a new experiment), and even suggested they accelerated particles above the speed of light, which is, of course, nonsense. He said they saw strange things, paranormal activity and ghosts. I can’t comment on that really, because I don’t deny spiritual activity, but ghosts (spirits of the departed dead) don’t exist. If any apparition is found to be real it must be demonic. There is no evidence in the Bible for the existence of past living people walking around on Earth as ghosts or spirits.
But did the staff experience paranormal activity at CERN? It does seem someone deliberately performed a Hindu dance to the pagan god Shiva. And a 2m tall statue of Shiva was given to CERN by the Indian government in 2004. There was an intended parallel in Shiva’s Nataraja depiction with the pagan god’s destruction and creation of the universe and the ‘dance’ of subatomic particles as discussed by Fritjof Capra in an article “The Dance of Shiva: The Hindu View of Matter in the Light of Modern Physics,” which was published in Main Currents in Modern Thought in 1972.6
Further the preacher makes the claim that NASA has said by the year 2020 we will have made definite contact with aliens. But less controversially the NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan is quoted saying:
“I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.”7
I do agree that UFOs and aliens from other star systems are a great deception. There are no sentient beings in other solar systems outside our own, and interstellar travel is beyond man’s ability both now and forever.8 So whatever is appearing or manifesting in this realm can only be demonic as king Saul found himself when he asked the witch of Endor to summon the prophet Samuel.
1 Samuel 28:13 And the king said to her, Be not afraid: for what saw you? And the woman said to Saul, I saw gods [meaning ‘demons’] ascending out of the earth.
And there is no doubt in my mind that movies nowadays depict satanic and demonic concepts. Hollywood is inundated with paganism. The preacher lists several movies that appeared in 2015 with portals or ‘stargates’ to another world or a parallel dimension. But I think it a ‘very long bow’ to assert that 2015 as the international year of Light is a reference to Lucifer because his name means ‘light bearer’. In the movies discussed ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Mission Impossible 2015’ and a Lego advertisement, it is suggested that the appearance of a dog is a subtle reference to Lucifer, because he is symbolised by Sirius – the Dog star – which is regarded highly by the mystery religions (Freemasonary etc). Sirius is a star in the constellation Canis Majoris (big dog).
At the 35:30 mark in the film the preacher claimed a scene in the film ‘Mad Max Fury’ (2015) depicted “the beast being unlocked from the pit” of Hell. But it does not. I watched the film (for research purposes only) and found the opening of the vault scene is where the evil warlord is checking on his harem of young women, who have all escaped. It was those young women he kept locked up in the vault, which cannot possibly depict Lucifer, nor the beast.
Now we get into some physics, and it shows that the preacher does not know what he is taking about.
At the 37:20 mark he said “Antimatter attracts things from another dimension coming here.” This statement is patently false. Antimatter does exist in extremely small quantities and it does not attract anything from another dimension. Physicists are looking for other microscopic (rolled-up) dimensions in these LHC induced particle collisions but those dimensions are not spiritual dimensions but microscopic spatial dimensions.9
At 37:30 he said “That is the unseen particles of dark matter.” Antimatter and dark matter are not the same thing. Antimatter is real stuff, made of real particles, like anti-electrons called positrons, or anti-protons. Even these two have been combined and small quantities of anti-hydrogen have been produced. But in microscopic amounts but it is not easy to contain. On the other hand, dark matter has never been observed,10 though some hypothetical particles have been proposed and the LHC is now used to search for them among the particle zoo of the Standard Model of particle physics.
At 38:10 he claimed “Antimatter is being pulled out of nowhere, out of this other dimension, which is nowhere but everywhere.” This is utter nonsense. At 39:00 he claimed that dark matter particles are going to be produced in even much greater number. But this cannot be since dark matter has never been produced because it has never been identified in any lab experiment, though it has been sought for over the past 40 years, as it has been also in the LHC. But alas it has never been discovered, unlike the Higgs particle.11
Then he said (39:20) that this will “cause the dark energy signature within people to begin to activate more and more.” Now he may be referring to the energy signature of fictitious dark matter particles somehow activating in people, which is total nonsense, but he says ‘dark energy,’ which is another hypothetical entity sought in modern astrophysics—something I claim to be a fudge factor as much as dark matter is.
Nevertheless he claimed this dark energy or dark matter particles in people (no matter because neither are real) will cause them to become violent and to have dreams. He said that the darkness will surface and that this is not a theory but a fact because it happened before and it will happen again. But it only takes sin to cause these effects in humans, not some hypothetical dark matter from Hell. At 41:10 he said, “Dark matter has an effect on people. It controls people. It is an enormously powerful thing. It is pulling something out of Hell.” Pure hype. There is no credible evidence for such claims.
The preacher seems to accept the existence of other extra dimensions (42:07) but I think he conflates two ideas. When physicists talk of higher dimensions, they mean microscopic rolled-up physical dimensions, not spiritual dimensions like Heaven and Hell. But such microscopic dimensions are only theorised in theories like String Theory, for example. They should not be conflated with the notion of parallel universes, which is a quite different concept, but that is the idea in movies like ‘Tomorrowland.’ Though I will admit theorists are starting to talk of combining these ideas – Michio Kaku, for example. But it is foolish and to say that other intelligent beings exist in these dimensions is even more so. The preacher is saying that it is Hell and a spiritual breach is being forged by the high energies of the particle collisions in the LHC. The existence of demons I do not dispute but misappropriating or misapplying theoretical physics ideas to the spiritual dimension is fraught with problems.
In regards to probing an ‘extra dimension’ Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, did say,12
“Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it.”
But this is playing to the media—hype—nothing more.
Then the preacher claims the town Saint-Genis-Pouilly, in eastern France, home to a large portion of the CERN facilities, was once ‘literally’ known as ‘Appollion,’ while referencing Revelation verse 9:11, where Satan is called ‘Apollyon.’ Pouilly in the name is derived from Gallo-Roman Polliacum (993 AD) with the root name Paulius or Pollius. The Latin ‘Appolliacum’ is suggested to be the name of the town that stood there in Roman times with a temple in honour of the god Apollo. See my own assessment of Revelation 9.
At 43:50 he claimed the LHC has caused earthquakes and caused people to see apparitions. I can’t understand any causal mechanism for the earthquakes. The actual energy consumption of the LHC, while very large, is extremely small compared to the energy in an earthquake. I think the only apparitions it has caused are those in my not-so-learned brother in the Lord here. Christian faith is a reasonable logical rational faith. It does not need hypotheticals—it is based on firm facts and the Word of God. What I find in this type of thesis is conjecture, tall tales and many factual errors.
There is no doubt the church is asleep, but the creation of anti-matter (specifically anti-protons) in the LHC is no concern. It is more hype than substance.
One final example of the misinformation. At the 44:50 mark he claims that the anti-matter/’dark matter’ is so dreadful because “one gram of it has the potential of 4 atomic bombs”, implying that that is the quantity being created in the LHC.
If you use Einstein’s famous mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2, and you assume 1 gm of anti-protons is all converted in to pure energy, then that amounts to 1014 joules. It is a simple calculation. The Hiroshima uranium bomb “Little Boy” exploded with a blast output equivalent to about 12 kilotons of TNT. One gram of TNT yields 4184 joules of energy, therefore 1 gm of anti-hydrogen would give you a 24 kiloton explosion, or 2 Hiroshima bombs, equivalent. So, should we be worried?
CERN annually generates a few picograms of anti-protons at a cost of $20 million per year. That amount is not all produced at one time nor contained in the one place, i.e. held in a bottle. It is generated in the beamline as needed. It is used in a continuous process as it is generated. It is not accumulated. But even if it were, what would happen? Let’s assume it is, then 2 picograms (2 x 10-12 gm) converted to pure energy yields an amount equivalent to 4 x 10-12 Hiroshima-sized-atomic-bombs. This amounts to 200 joules of energy. If this energy was all released in 1 second it would result in a mean output in the blast of 200 Watts of power. Could you boil a cup of water to make tea with that?13 No way! You couldn’t even feel it. It certainly has no potential to do any damage. The escape of the liquid helium around the superconducting magnets, last year, caused $40 million worth of damage. That was a far more serious threat to human life, and I mean the workers in the LHC tunnel.
My conclusion is that while I believe in the reality of spiritual forces at work in the world, and I see the effects of sin and evil, the claims in these types of YouTube videos in regards to the LHC producing a portal to Hell are absolutely without foundation. I would not be conCERNed. The Creator holds all things together.
Colossians 1:16,17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
- European Center for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva.
- C E R N the Opening of the Abyss? SEVENTHVIAL213, YouTube, 50:49 minutes, May 6, 2015.
- Since then the actual discovery has been toned down, saying that a Higgs-like particle has been detected, because its energy does not exactly match that of the prediction for the Higgs particle.
- CERN To Attempt ‘Big Bang’ In March, Stephen Hawking Issues Warning, YourNewsWire.com, October 16, 2015
- Finding the ‘God’ particle could destroy the universe, warns Stephen Hawking, Daily Mail’s MailOnline, September 7, 2014.
- Fritjof Capra, Shiva’s Cosmic Dance at CERN, June 20, 2004; See https://archive.org/details/maincurrentsofmo00euckiala
- Mike Wall, Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA’s Chief Scientist Predicts, Space.com, April 7, 2015.
- John G. Hartnett, Life on Earth 2.0—Really? August 13, 2015.
- It depends on the details of the theory considered.
- John G. Hartnett, Is ‘Dark Matter’ the ‘Unknown God’?, March 13, 2015.
- Simon Sharwood, Hunt for Higgs Boson and dark matter now starts ON YOUR SOFA, November 21, 2014.
- Lewis Page, ‘Something may come through’ dimensional ‘doors’ at LHC, November 9, 2014.
- By definition 4.186 J are needed to raise 1 gm of water by 1 °C. Assuming a 200 cc cup of water at 25 °C, then 62,790 J are needed to raise the water temperature to boiling temperature of 100 °C. Add to that 2,260 joules per gram for the heat of vaporization at 100 °C, and an additional 16,950 J are needed, assuming 10% of the water vaporised before you turned it off on the stove. That gives a total of 79,740 J to boil the water but only 200 J is available.