From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“Truth, then, can be said to be the firmness, the ‘that which is stable’, the sureness, the ‘that which is faithful’, the ‘that which continues’, the ‘that which endures’, the ‘that which is trustworthy’, the ‘that which is steadfast’, the ‘that which is honest’ and the ‘that which is certain’; the unseen ‘that which lies at the basis of and agrees with that which we are able to see’, hear, feel, smell, touch, know.  The truth is the manifested- the made to be able to be perceived-, the veritable- the certain, the actual, the genuine, the authentic-, essence of matter.”  Matter is what scientists will tell us is what makes up the universe of which we are part and which we can see, hear, feel, smell, taste and therebyoursenses know.

It is interesting to note that, for many years, there was a perceived conflict between science and religion- well, at least between science and the Bible.  Many scientists theorized that the universe had not been created, that it just “was”.  Further, they posited that the universe was a ‘steady-state’ universe which was not changing in any way.

Now, astrophysicists and “quantum mechanics” believe that the universe did indeed have a beginning.  Their theories even suggest that they can describe the essential characteristics of the universe at its beginnings.  Steven Weinberg, PhD, Nobel Prize winner in physics for 1979, in his book, “The First Three Minutes”, lays out, in somewhat layman’s terms, the current scientific thought about the beginnings of the universe.  He makes a very interesting assertion (statement of what he believes to be the truth) about the very first moments of the existence of the universe.  Dr. Weinberg states, “Finally, the universe was filled with light.”  He goes on to say that light was the very essence of the nature of the universe at its first fractions of a second of existence.”


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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