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Did God Create Gravity?

Updated on August 18, 2017
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Glenn Stok shares a unique perspective based on his studies of theoretical and critical philosophy.

We take the law of gravity for granted. We usually don't think about it, but the laws of physics are based on the natural laws of gravity–keeping our world, and everything in it, in its place.

I tend to take things a step further in my thoughts. That brings me to imagine what went on in God's mind. Was gravity something that He realized was necessary to hold the Universe together in a non-chaotic condition? Or was it just a fluke that occurred when He put all the pieces together?

This article is an attempt to examine these questions based on my college education in science and my studies of the laws of physics, sprinkled with the spiritual side of me.

I'm not a religious person, but I like to consider everything and question my own opinions.

Astronaut in space without gravity.
Astronaut in space without gravity. | Source

Imagine how things would be if we didn't have gravity!

Life Without Gravity

  • If there were no gravity, drinking a glass of water would be impossible. The water wouldn't stay in the glass. It would just float out into space.
  • When you brush your teeth and gargle, the mouthwash would float out of your mouth.
  • When you come home and drop your keys on the table, they float away. (Maybe this is why you can’t find your keys the next day).
  • You hang a picture on the wall, but it doesn't stay put. Without gravity it just floats off the nail.
  • You try to sit in a chair to read this article on your tablet, but you don't feel the pull of gravity holding you down and you end up floating out of the chair. (Don’t you just hate it when that happens?)

Okay, enough of the examples. You get the idea.

Gravity Holds Everything in the Universe Together

I may have gotten you to give some thought to gravity, to think about what it really is and what causes it.

It's a force. We might say it's a force of nature, or a law of physics. Or is it magic that God decided was required to avoid chaos by providing a means for all His creations to stay together in a precise universe. After all, the law of gravity is very precise. It can be measured and mathematically replicated in computer simulations.

Gravity is not the only force of attraction. Magnetism can also be an attracting force.

How Is Magnetism and Gravity Different?

Magnetism can pull two objects together, just as gravity does, but it can also repel with the same amount of force.

  • Magnetism is polarized. North and South poles will attract one another. But it will repel when the poles are the same (North to North or South to South).
  • Gravity is not polarized. It will never repel. It just attracts. Any two objects in the universe will attract one another.

The Force of Gravity Works Both Ways

You may not realize it, but you are pulling the Earth up to you just as the Earth is pulling you down. The force of gravitational attraction is proportional to the mass of the objects. So the gravitational force of the Earth on you is much stronger than the tiny gravity you are exerting on objects around you.

You know that the planets of our solar system remain in orbit because of the Sun’s gravity. The same is true with moons revolving around their parent planets, such as our Moon around the Earth.

View of the Moon with Earth behind
View of the Moon with Earth behind | Source

The gravitational effect of the Earth keeps pulling at the Moon. For that matter, the Moon’s gravity is also pulling on the Earth. That's what causes the tides, the Moon pulls the water and we have high tides when the Moon is overhead at any location on the planet.

When both the Sun and the Moon are on the same side of the Earth (as is the case during a New Moon, or on opposite sides (a Full Moon), then the combined gravitational force creates extra high tides that we call Spring Tides. No, this has nothing to do with the spring season. These tides are 20% higher than normal.

The Earth Has Both a Magnetic Field and a Gravitational Field

I can’t end this section without adding that we live on a unique planet that has a magnetic field as well as a gravitational field.

The magnetic field is due to the fact that we have a solid metal core inside a liquid outer core. {1}

The dynamics of our metallic inner core creates a magnetic field as the Earth rotates, which produces a protective magnetic flux around the entire planet that diverts cosmic particles toward the poles, away from inhabited locations. This is what causes the Aurora Borealis.

If it weren’t for this wonderful attribute, the Earth would not be able to support life because the cosmic radiation from the Sun would kill any living organism.

Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis | Source

What if Gravity Were Polarized?

Imagine if God had created the gravitational fields to function similarly to an electromagnetic energizer that were polarized.

Imagine then, if you will, that all He had to do were to throw the switch and reverse the polarity. Then everything in the Universe, everything as we know it, everything in the heavens and the Earth, would immediately repel and quickly separate.

Everything we know and love would move away from us as quickly as we can blink an eye.

But that can't happen. Gravity can't be reversed. Gravity is not a polarized entity. It has a powerful disposition that is part of our lives and is inherent in the very soul of our existence.

Did Gravity Cause Creation?

What Does Stephen Hawking Think About Gravity?

Stephen Hawking has also wondered how gravity came to exist. He wrote about it in his book “The Grand Design,” co-authored with Leonard Mlodinow, an American physicist.{2}

Here is a quote from his book, followed by my interpretation.

“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.”

— Stephen Hawking

How I interpret what he said:

Note that Hawking is not denying the existence of God. The way I see it, he simply is saying that gravity is responsible for the creation of the Universe. So maybe God created gravity and then let everything else fall into place.

© 2015 Glenn Stok


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      Rod Martin Jr 4 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Fascinating article, but the examples are a bit thin on logic. Without gravity, life as we know it would not exist. So, there would be no human body. There would be no chair. There would be no civilization for making things like keys and a table upon which to put them.

      Hawking's claim smacks of bias and illogical blindness. He doesn't explicitly say God doesn't exist, but he strongly implies it. But he also misses the very important fact that gravity is physical, so it cannot have created the physical universe, because it would need to do so before it existed. And that's pretty dumb on his part.

      Gravity consists of space, time and energy (the force needed to warp space). These are 3 of the key elements that make up our physical universe. He's actually saying gravity created itself. And that's illogical.

      God, on the other hand, is not made of physical anything -- not even time. He is pure source.

      I love science. I've studied it all my life. But I'm like you, loving to explore outside the box of the conventional. I'm a spiritual being temporarily inhabiting a physical body. I've been outside this vessel and I've broken the laws of physical reality, but only with the humility, compassion, responsibility and fearless confidence of a spiritual being who knows who he is. I even wrote about one of my experiments in The Art of Forgiveness.

      Hawking is a smart man, but delusional, because he lets his arrogance get in the way of his imagination. He can't imagine what he already "knows" to be wrong.

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      Oztinato 4 weeks ago from Australia

      Even Einstein and Hawking admit that we don't really know what gravity really is.

      Yes it holds everything together; the net result of which (for us) is a theatrical stage for human activity and learning.

      Gravity is one of those things (like string theory) that crosses over from physics to philosophy.

      When we get "philosophical physics" the possibility of gravity merely being an idea of God is admitted. A God idea is like a good idea. Yes it's good to hold things together so the universe works and we get our theatrical stage for our human dramas to unfold.

      Gravitys philosophical physics also implies it is actually only God's Will in action which is a Super Idea.

      Good idea God.

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      Glenn Stok 4 weeks ago from Long Island, NY

      Helen Stuart - Very well said. Your last question can be answered both from a technical standpoint as well as from a philosophical view. Either way, any essay on the subject would need to be written from a subjective view.

      We have very little control over what we experience objectively and tend to form opinions based on misinformation and misunderstandings. However, if we take the reality of the conditions of social unrest into a projection of our inner being, we might be able to view it, and write about it, subjectively. You gave me something to consider writing about.

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      Helen Stuart 4 weeks ago from Deep in the Heart of Texas

      Fascinating article. I believe we now, and perhaps forever, have used science as a battering ram, maybe when God has his back turned, to disprove God. Gravity certainly doesn't explain every phenomenon in the world, but it took some kind of Genius to put it in our world, along with all the other forces at work, so that we have a pretty great life. (Except for the , to me, unexplainable hatred and war hunger that has always seemed to exist, no matter what God people do or do not believe in) I'd like to see a more philosophical and less technical essay on that subject.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Nell Rose - This is a great time we live in. So much is being discovered during our lifetime. It all starts with thinking about things. Thanks for your comment.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I love physics and I am waiting with bated breath for the discovery of dark matter, but until then I do think about things the same way as you do! lol! good take on the gravity and God matter! lol!

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Thank you, ChitrangadaSharan and abdullah javed, for congratulating me for the achievement award. I'll tell you, it came as a surprise.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Congratulations Glenn Stok on winning “HubPages Life Time Achievement Award” The Award aptly reflects your passion and interest attached with us and your profession. May God always keep you in good health and shower His abundant blessings on you and your family. Take Care.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting, thought provoking and insightful hub!

      Makes me think that what would have happened if there was no gravity! Interesting points of view in the comments as well.

      I came across your name in the Winners list of Hubbie award. Please accept my congratulations for a well deserved Hubbie award.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      CatherineGiordano - What you are referring to in your last paragraph is that our solar system, and all the other solar systems in our Milky Way Galaxy, are revolving around the center of our galaxy.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I don't know why we have gravity, but I'm confident God (as the term is commonly used) did not create it. As you said, if there was no gravity, there would be nothing to hold the universe together and so we would nver be here to speculate about why we have gravity and if it was specifically created for out benefit.

      I saw this marvelous video (maybe YouTube) that used animation to show that rather than planets orbiting the sun, everything, including the sun, is spiraling around whatever body is exerting gravitational pull. It is awesome.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      tirelesstraveler - Well, I wouldn't actually claim it to be proof. But thanks for the kind remarks. Much appreciated.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Glenn, with that degree you would fit right into my neighborhood. Phd's in Chemistry, Mechanical Engineers who worked on the space shuttle, Physicists , and oh so many more scientists. What I believe you have proven in your article is that whatever happened to make gravity and magnetic fields work together was amazing. Nice work.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      SusanDeppner - I'm glad you enjoyed this article. Humans have always sought to understand our world. This desire for knowledge is the reason we reach for the stars as well as dig deep into subatomic particles.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      whonunuwho - The glue you speak of that holds atoms together is not gravity, but actually is due to the protons in the atoms. In very simplistic terms, protons exert energy that hold everything together.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Oztinato - You have an interesting way of expressing yourself. Without realizing it, you made a good comparison of gravity and magnetism. With gravity, like attacks like. And with magnetism, like repels like.

      I have to refute what you said about the moon protecting the Earth from meteors. The Earth's atmosphere protects us from meteors. Most burn up in the atmosphere before hitting the ground. The Moon has many craters because it has no atmosphere. Most of its craters are on, what is referred to as, the dark side of the Moon because that's the side that always faces away from the Earth and is more prone to be hit.

      As for protection from "gigantic" meteors - we are protected from those mostly because of the enormous gravitational pull of the tremendously large outer planets of our solar system. Gravity is proportional to mass.

      Nevertheless, it's only a matter of time until one massive meteor will make it through and strike the Earth, as has already happened in the history of our planet. Possibly the cause of the distinction of the dinosaurs.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Randy Godwin - You're absolutely correct that you can't have gravity without matter. I thought I made that clear in this article when I mentioned that gravitational attraction is proportional to the mass of the objects. Thanks for reading and for your comment

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This is a bit of a chicken and egg discussion. In the end, it really doesn't matter if God created gravity first or the planets and other heavenly bodies, then gravity to hold them into place. I think there are some mysteries that we aren't supposed to understand. Instead, we count on our trust and faith in God, the Creator, who is much, much smarter even than Stephen Hawking. Very enjoyable, well-written article!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      I believe that gravity is the cohesive force of all life and the saving grace of the entire universe or Universes...If not for gravity...the atoms would not remain in conjunction, thus not providing the glue that holds everything together...whonu

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      There are an infinite amount of variables and laws that describe an amazing balancing act that results in our human world here: a theatre like scenario in which an archetypal drama between good and evil takes place.

      Gravity is certainly one of the most amazing. It represents a "like attracts like" principle which is endemic to science, religion and even consciousness itself.

      Many other incredible "coincidences" have occured as well: our moon has acted as a shield against gigantic meteors. Its pitted surface bears testimony to this. The outward facing dark side in particular has absorbed incredible collisions.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Something to consider Glen, but there's no need to use a god in the equation. If you've studied about matter and anti-matter there is a theory that one time the two--I'll refer to them as forces for the sake of this discussion--forces cancelled each other out.

      Imagine a horizontal line with matter and anti-matter on opposite sides of the line with the result being nothing because they cancel each other out.

      What is referred to as the Big Bang was the result of something upsetting the balance between the two forces allowing matter to be stronger in force than anti-matter. You can't have gravity without matter.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      cam8510 - Interesting point. Your question leads to support of the Big Bang, which originated from a single point that contained all the mass of the universe. Thanks for your thought provoking comment.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Interesting and thought provoking article. At the end you suggest the possibility that god created gravity and then everything came after. This certainly is in opposition to a basic knowledge of gravity. In your article you say "The force of gravitational attraction is proportional to the mass of the objects," which is true, but if there are no objects, where would gravity originate? Gravity is not a substance, it is a force generated by a substance, namely, mass. To say that god created gravity first is similar to saying he created the light and heat of the sun prior to creating the sun.

      Which just goes to show that you have written a very thought provoking article. Nicely done.