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Did God Create Gravity?

Updated on August 30, 2016
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Glenn Stok is an award-winning author with a Master of Science degree. He has a unique perspective on religious philosophy that he shares.

Astronaut in Weightless Space
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We take the law of gravity for granted. We're used to it. We don't think about it. It's just a natural force that keeps our world and everything in it in its place, as far as we're concerned.

But when you begin to think about it, it becomes an awesome thing to behold.

So I wonder if God thought of it. I'm not a religious person, but I like to consider all things. This article is an attempt to think about such things and articulate it based on my college education in science and my studies of the laws of physics, sprinkled with a spiritual side of mine that refuses to rule out religious ideas entirely.

That brings me to the thought of what went on in God's mind. Was gravity something that He realized was necessary to hold the Universe in a non-chaotic condition? Or was it just a fluke that occurred when He put all the pieces together?

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

It would be impossible to drink water from a glass without gravity.
It would be impossible to drink water from a glass without gravity. | Source

You drink a glass of water and the weightless water doesn't stay on the glass. It just floats out into space.

You brush your teeth, but when you gargle the weightless mouthwash floats out of your mouth.

You come home and drop your keys on the table, but the keys 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.

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.

Magnetism vs. Gravity

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Magnetism is completely different in nature. Yes it's true that 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 just attracts. Any two objects in the universe will attract one another.

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.

View of the Moon with Earth behind
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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.

The gravitational effect of the Earth keeps pulling at the Moon. For that matter, the Moon’s gravity is also pulling on the Earth. Evidence of this is how the Moon affects the tides. It 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.

Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis | Source

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.

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's a powerful disposition that is part of our lives and is inherent in the very sole of our existence.

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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      Chris Mills 22 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      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.

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      Glenn Stok 22 months 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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      Randy Godwin 22 months 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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      Oztinato 22 months 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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      whonunuwho 22 months 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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      Susan Deppner 22 months 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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      Glenn Stok 22 months 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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      Glenn Stok 22 months 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 22 months 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 22 months 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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      Judy Specht 22 months 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 22 months 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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      Catherine Giordano 22 months 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 22 months 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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      Chitrangada Sharan 22 months 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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      muhammad abdullah javed 22 months 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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      Glenn Stok 22 months 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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      Nell Rose 22 months 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 22 months 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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