Today scientists continue to keep themselves busy with theory after theory searching for that elusive "Loophole." They say in the beginning there was something; no time, no space, no matter or energy. Then, without batting an eye they say there was a quantum fluctuation from which . . . . . .Wait just a gosh darn minute! First there was nothing then there is something. Then they try to tie it together by saying there was a quantum flutter, a tremor of uncertainty that sparks it all off. And before you can say "Jack Robinson," they have pulled a hundred billion galaxies out of their quantum hats. Now, I don't have a problem with this scenario from the quantum fluctuation onward. It is only natural that scientists might build a theory of how the Universe evolved from a simple to a complex state if they have even a smidgen of experimental evidence. But there is a very real problem in explaining how it got started in the first place. They haven't got a leg to stand on by appealing to quantum mechanics. Either there is nothing to begin with, in which case there is no quantum vacuum, no geometric dust, no time in which anything can happen, no physical laws that can effect a change from nothingness to somethingness; or there is something, in which case the needs explaining. THERE IS NO LOOPHOLE! The Secular World Continues a Search For A genuine Loophole Along comes Alan Guth, a particle physicist then at Stanford, who in 1979 came up with a new scientific "guess" for creation called the Inflation Theory. This theory resides on the premise of a "FALSE VACUUM." The Big Bang alone, he said, "doesn't tell us what banged, why it banged or what may have happened before it banged." The conventional big bang theory really is nothing other than a theory of the aftermath of the bang. But Guth's Inflation Theory attempts to describe the bang itself. He believes it's all a matter of chance. Guth's theory state that in the billion-trillion-trillionth of a second before the big bang, there was a period of hyper-rapid "inflation" that got the big bang started. Inflation modifies our picture of the first small fraction of a second in the history of the Universe, and then it joins onto the big bang theory, preserving all of the successes of the older theory. But because Inflation explains the bang itself, it adds more to the theory than the older version of the big bang. Inflation theory's largest implication, is that the whole Universe may be a "free lunch." The primordial "stuff" of inflation, Guth and other scientists contend, is very likely a spontaneous creation, a no-strings gift that boiled out of absolutely nowhere(the "false vacuum") by means of an utterly random but nonetheless scientifically possible process. Not that inflation theory is approaching dogma among the secular world. They believe "on faith" it is bringing science to the brink of answering one of the largest questions of all. "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Then, about 20 years after Guth, along come Stephen Hawking, a noted British theoretician, and a sickly invalid, who says he agrees with Guth. I point out Hawking's physical condition, because I think it fits right in with his basic atheistic argument of why there is evil and suffering in the world. It may be that Hawking in abject despair, has given up hope and wonders why he was singled out to live a life of suffering. He is asking, "if there is a God why doesn't he help me?" His answer comes through loud and clear when he says, "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going." In his book titles "The Grand Design," Hawking said: "Because there is a law such as gravity, he Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, we exist." Fellow scientistss consider Hawking a man and one to be listened to. These days, the majority of scientists are strong proponents of atheism. Hawking claims he himself is not an atheist, but he has found his god, and that god is a thing science can't comprehend called gravity.