Dave Mustaine: 'God Could Have Used the Big Bang Theory to Create the World'

Frontman discusses the latest Megadeth release, calling it "a little bit of a departure" for the group.

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine recently discussed the group's current release "Super Collider," calling it "a little bit of a departure" for the band.

During an interview with Rockline Radio, the singer/guitarist focused on the title track and the clash between his religious beliefs and the big bang theory.

"It's associated with trying to determine if the big bang theory is correct," Mustaine said, "and [because] people know that I'm a Christian they're going like 'What are you doing now, Dave?' Trust me, I didn't pick that for controversy sake, I just thought it was cool."

When asked directly on whether the theory is in conflict with his beliefs, Mustaine commented: "No, not at all. God could have used the big bang theory to create the world, who knows, I don't really care. I'm here and I'm happy [with] who I am, I'm happy [with] what I believe, I don't push my beliefs on anybody."

The frontman continued, "That's one of the things I think really suck about people who claim to be Christians they try to tell other people how to live, it's like a nearly sober drunk no one wants to hear that. It's better to just kinda live it."

Mustaine then focused on all the hard times he had in his life and overcoming such obstacles, saying, "I'm still victorious, I'm still successful, having a No. 6 record after many people in the liberal press have come after me. The public have spoken, they love me and they love what I stand for. For as many people don't like me, that's cool, I still have love in my heart for them."

"Super Collider" was released on June 4 via Universal-powered label Tradecraft as the fourteenth Megadeth studio effort. With 29,000 copies sold in the US within the first week, it peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    siffudoodle
    I think you're a bit late on that idea
    telephonebear
    yes that theory has been around as long as the big bang theory itself. whether or not dave believes that is irrelevant and frankly a waste of an article
    Minicaxotinho
    Yeah, the guy can't have an opinion anymore without being front page news here. The "hate on Mustaine's opinions" bandwagon is getting old
    zefs
    Articles about Dave are always funny, it's like he is crawling UG, and when he sees a lot of downvotes he says something to earn upvotes again and be happy :p
    inflames66676
    Dave, if so, this "god" has nothing to do with the god you believe in you ****ing nutcase
    PrimalFeelings
    Live in ignorance, live in happiness.
    Crackheadrich
    exactly, I don't think a lot of people can face the fact that there was probably nothing before the start of the universe and when we die, we cease to exist all together, that's why they look to religion to make sense of something that they don't want to accept
    phili666
    "the FACT that there was PROBABLY" do you not see how you're contradicting yourself? all you're doing is making assumptions that there was nothing before and assuming that theres nothing after life when in reality it can not be proved with way. just because it's YOUR way of thinking doesn't mean it's fact. (this is coming from a person with no belief in a higher being - or at least not of the ones preached about)
    EyesWideOpen
    I think his point is that there isn't any good reason to think that there is anything after we die. Notions of a blissful afterlife are just wishful thinking. Sure, they sound nice and sure, nobody knows whether there is something after we die or not. However, until I'm given any sort of reason to think that there is, I'll live my life as if there isn't.
    ysalimari
    Of course notions of a non-existent afterlife could just be cynical thinking. It goes both ways.
    EyesWideOpen
    I don't see how withholding belief in an afterlife because of lack of evidence is a cynical notion. I'm just being rational.
    tonello
    What he's saying is nothing really new. It's called the Intelligent Design Theory (a variation of). The Intelligent Design Theory states that God created apes. He created them with the purpose that eventually they would evolve into humans. His idea here is that God created the Big Bang to create the universe. At first there was nothing, then God created everything. He's saying something that could actually be considered intelligent among the scientific community. I wouldn't expect you to understand.
    matty.otoole.1
    Well, compared to some of the other stuff he's said recently, this is actually not that bad!
    MattHessing
    "The public have spoken, they love me and they love what I stand for." Spoken like a true arsehole!
    ne14t
    "The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity." -Carl Sagan
    Braykah
    "I don't push my beliefs on anybody." "That's one of the things I think really suck about people who claim to be Christians they try to tell other people how to live" Just look at his public statements throughout 2011 to 2013, this confirms that he's possibly the biggest hypocrite in the music business at the moment.
    JackAndGuitar
    I came here to say exactly this.
    guitarist5477
    I don't think he really pushed it. They were opinionated questions he was asked to get a response. Then his honest answers were purposely put in the worst context to get a reaction from people like you.
    Dynamight
    His public statements about religion all originated from interview questions.
    Jonagorn
    Doesn't explain why the bible says it's 6000 year old, or whatever that crap is.
    Eirien
    Christians pick and choose which parts of the Bible they want to believe in. If part of it doesn't fit with what they believe, obviously that part isn't the word of God.
    GeriatricNinja
    Haha right on. Funny how they go back and forth between claiming the bible should be taken literally to justify certain laws (gay marriage) but is also supposed to be symbolic or a reflection of the times is was written in with regard to other issues (slavery, ethnic cleansing etc)
    Jonagorn
    I know that, I was mocking the bible because it doesn't prove anything, apart from a somewhat strange author(s).
    Crackheadrich
    authors being the key word here, it isn't the word of God, its what a bunch of people have written down, if me and some other people wrote a book on God would it be very credible?
    District
    It is indeed impossible to prove it is the word of God. But what you can say is that the authors (and the anthology of letters included in the New Testament) were inspired by (the idea of) God. Personally, I think it is to be read as such, and not as an absolute truth.
    guitarist5477
    Yeah I mean, I'm a Catholic. But I've never read the whole bible, and don't take it to heart. It's not really considered the direct words of God. I'm diff in my faith than Dave, but I like to live and let live, and it really is better to just live it by not following the bible word for word.
    crushingmetal
    "never read the whole bible" "don't take it to heart" "It's not really considered the direct words of God" You're not a Catholic dude
    guitarist5477
    You can still be part of a religion and not follow everything about it, or interpret it your own way. You know what extremist muslims would say about the normal peaceful muslims who do not practice jihads? They would probably say they aren't muslims not following everything they believe to in their religion. Ya know, similar like what your doing.
    Kaseke
    I think that bible is supposed to be more like something giving a direction, rather than being the absolute truth. It has a lot of teachings in it.
    The_Catto
    Heard voices 2000 years ago you were a prophet; hear voices today, its a special white padded room for you, sir! I'm part of a religious family, but even I know that Science has more credibility than a book that was written 2000 years ago. Honestly, I think it was written one night when a group of friends got together, had a few drinks and decided to collaborate...
    noilly
    Also, wasn't this site meant to be about something to do with playing guitar?
    noilly
    Different denominations believe different things, its not down to each person. Say, the WBC (as a ridiculous example) take the nasty parts of the bible, but Charismatics take all the happy clappy stuff about Jesus giving out high5s and healing sick people
    PoorePlaysBass
    Coming from a Christian, I don't believe the world is 6000 years old. And also, the Bible doesn't really say so up front. Just the fundies' interpretation. I, for one, like the theory that the word "day" in Genesis 1, the days God used to make the universe, can in the original language mean any period of time. So I stick with in the original language "era" is more appropriate.
    Jonagorn
    Sorry, I'm not an expert in fictional works of literature.
    PoorePlaysBass
    You're right, you're not an expert. So relax with the intolerance until you know what you're hating against.
    Jonagorn
    Intolerance? I don't hate religion, I just hate that it's forced on people, the wars it's caused, all the lives that have ended because of it - the Inquisition, witch hunts, suicide bombings. For me, it does more bad than good. You think differently to that, and that's fine.
    PoorePlaysBass
    ^ A lot more rational than the "not an expert" comment. I can respect that one. The forcing of it, even from a Christian, is no good. It annoys me to get forced on by a fundie, so I'm sure it bothers everyone else too
    haydcartwright
    No people cause wars, not religion...are you seriously telling me that if you removed religion wars would cease because if so Stalin and Pol Pot would have words with you. People will fight because they are people, the excuse used is sometimes religion.
    Jonagorn
    I never said only religion causes wars, but religion does cause wars. Well, more a conflict of religion that starts wars.
    wise.cyanider
    Religion is hate, religion is fear, religion is war, religion is rape, religion's obscene, religion's a *****... The pestilence of Jesus Christ. There never was a sacrifice. No man upon the crucifix. Beware the cult of purity. Infectious imbecility. I've made my choice... 666!
    guitarist5477
    You can't get hung up on the past, and blame a whole religion, and its people on wars caused by hypocrites. If everyone did that then the Muslim religion would by crucified for the hypocritical terrorists that give them a bad name. We hear of all the bad religion does because its always mentioned, reported etc. All the good it does isn't, so you can't really know how much good it does. Also its the 21st century, religion isn't forced upon ppl anymore.
    EyesWideOpen
    It isn't just that people cause wars and that religion unfairly gets the blame. People often do things not just in the name of scripture but because the scripture TELLS them to. I think it's incredibly naive to think that the wars that religion causes would have happened anyway.
    xevious1
    Your not an expert on any sort of historical literate at all if your going to interpret ancient writing through our modern day vernacular.
    shred1980now
    i get why that may seem like a good interpretation, but in that part of genesis you are referencing god creates plants before the sun. so you're proposed translation would suggest that plants survived for an era before sunlight. any christian should look up the skeptics annotated bible.
    ysalimari
    Except, the Bible says nothing of the sort. It's the crazy Young Earth idiots that insist it's 6000 years old. You can tell when someone actually hasn't read the damn thing.
    Jonagorn
    Oh yeah, I'll waste my time reading it then.
    Le Fantome
    That's a pretty ignorant thing to say. You are basically saying it isn't worth reading because you disagree with other people who have read it. I read Icelandic sagas, although I don't believe Thor is real. I read Herodotus, yet I don't believe Zeus is real. Even if you don't believe in it, the bible is an incredibly significant piece of literature that has had a absolutely huge effect on world history. People get too easily irked by religion. I am a Christian, and whenever I see an article about evolution and something some atheist has said, my knee-jerk reaction is not to start posting snarky comments about how stupid atheists are, along with everything they read. I understand some 'christians' do so, but that is no reason to respond in kind, and make yourself look immature.
    ysalimari
    @Jonagorn That's not the point. The point is you're touting something as fact even though you haven't even read it. You're being just as ignorant and not worth listening to as the people you're condemning.
    gibsongalore184
    The old testament is around 3,500 years old,and the new testamentm finished by the Church of England, is around 2-2500 years old. Not 6,000 haha.
    dan0z
    He says he doesn't push his beliefs on anybody, except his belief that Super Collider is a great album, on par with Countdown To Extinction. Great photo of Mustaine in this article too btw.
    onkel44
    i think everyone would benefit from mustaine not talking to the press. i liked it better when he was crying about being kicked from metallica.
    PoorePlaysBass
    This is actually one of the more credible things he's said concerning his faith. Simply saying that the idea of The Big Bang and God can coexist isn't anything to ride him for.
    kLeft
    Q- "Does the Big Bang Theory conflict with your beliefs?" A- "No not at all. God could have created the Big Bang Theory to create the world." How can a theory create the world? Humans created the theory, quantum fluctuations during hyper-inflation created the Universe. Nothing bothers me more than when people consider God as a blanket statement for things they can't explain.
    lance.lank
    this site has become shit talk ,I use to come here for guitar tabs and useful info Now it's opinionated *****s that need a LIFE! GET ONE!
    rolandroi
    Just keep away from it. The old stuff you used to do in this site are still there.
    GenerationKILL
    Dave Mustaine instead tried REALLY HARD to push his oddball right wing agenda onto everyone before Obama won the US Election, he even went as far once to say "america was speeding towards socialism" because of him. Don't preach equity and free speech Dave. Because we both know you're JUST LIKE a fundamentalist Christian when you preach that OTHER form of ill advised and ignorant bigotry onto everyone. Liar. Hypocrite. I'd also like to point out, for the record incase anyone doesn't have a memory: Dave Mustaine was a democrat during the 90s. Meaning he DOES infact take up subjects or views just to be "edgy."
    FamousA
    I think if he opened up and talked about how he supports gay marriage, abortion, gun control, etc. then everyone and their dog would kiss the ground he walks on. Today, the second a guy faintly utters the word 'Christian', or anything related therein, he gets darts all over his back. It's seems by the comments on here that because he has beliefs, loosely Christian beliefs, and a voice, he's an imposter and an idiot. America is shoving left-wing movements down our throats and no one dares to call it imposing. Why is that? Also, the Bible isn't comprised of a bunch of joe blos. It was written by spiritually inspired individuals through a broad span of time, in different situations and scenarios, all converging to God breathed lessons on life and the afterlife. In regard to all this, I plead the first. I have a right to beliefs, an opinion and free speech just like atheists, liberals and co.. It's not imposing just because you disagree.
    Dead_Pleasures
    He didnt say anything stupid but he sure as hell doesnt sound smart. Absolutely love megadeth but the only time dave should open his mouth is when he sings.
    GuitarFreak1387
    was just thinking the same thing. Most of the time when he speaks its some ignorant BS or him crying about the Metallica BS that happened years ago that he will never let go.
    Sarr
    I love how *****s and Internet trolls say Mustaine is ***** etc. That's pathetic. Mustaine is brave, great person and has done SO much for the people - despite being criticized for being vocal. Comparing, it's SO easy to be like Hetfield or any other vocalist who is afraid to make public what he thinks on important matters . If you're no one in particular, people idolize you and love you, while they could hate you if they really knew you. Mustaine has the courage to speak out. That's why he's the Man.
    Braykah
    "Mustaine is brave, great person and has done SO much for the people" Enlighten me.
    Maiden95
    Dave, why couldn't God have been on your side during the making of Super Collider?
    SOAD_SoG
    Pfft just hear the lyrics of the title track. God induced hard rock song.
    Maiden95
    Trust me, I have. I knew right away I wasn't going to like the album that much.
    ysalimari
    Do you not like it because it's a bad album or because Dave has beliefs you don't?
    Maiden95
    Because it's a bad album. I think Dave is an overall good guy if we are being honest. He can write about whatever subject matter comes to mind but Super Collider is not a good song. Nor album for that matter.
    Maiden95
    And that's not to say I have different beliefs than him. If I follow any religion, it would be Christianity. However, I tend to not act like a right wing nut case.
    thecause
    So a man who came from nothing, made something from nothing? O.O
    ysalimari
    Much like how an explosion came from nothing and then made something from nothing. I feel like a Tron quote would be awesome here..
    notaconotaco
    Could you imagine how awkward it would be if he found out that God isn't real?
    powachord
    Can you prove categorically that he doesn't?
    EyesWideOpen
    It's impossible to prove that god isn't real. It's also impossible to prove that a giant guitar named Fred didn't create the universe 5 seconds ago and that all our memories have been artificially implanted.
    powachord
    Exactly my point... And still I get down voted.. SMH..
    N7Crazy
    At first glimpse, it seemed like you're one of those "If you can't disprove him, then he must be real!" type of fundamentalists, and remember, the average UG user hardly uses 3 seconds on reading a comment and voting...
    powachord
    Yeah, I can totally see how it might have read that way... And silly me for giving ppl too much credit on here lol
    Vince06
    Could you imagine how awkward it would be if he focuses only on music ?
    Zaqq
    Yeah, awkward... That's why guys from Metallica stopped that long ago.
    phili666
    why can't hold all these edges. you can't say for a fact that a higher being doesn't exist. it's just one way of looking at it. how about not being ignorant to others viewpoints.
    J.Berzerker
    Every time Mustaine speaks I think of Frank Zappa's album "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar."
    bustapr
    the magic of UG titles. take one part of a quote from the article so the title sounds like troll bait and when you click on the article its something totally different. he actually spoke in this article as a likable christian. he didnt spray shit from his mouth like he used to.
    ][v][ETAL
    It surprises me how many times Mustaine claims to be successful in almost all his interviews.... I wonder who really sold out
    Abacus11
    Well, at least he's not saying anything stupid this time. Seriously though... just play your guitar.
    SFosterS
    Has anyone ever heard of the Scientific Revolution? Descartes' writings changed things by setting the precedent that nothing will be FACT or TRUTH without EMPIRICAL evidence that is consistent and verifiable. That means that holding a belief without empirical data/evidence is ignorant and ultimately false by nature of being unverifiable. You can't prove it's not real is perhaps the most ridiculously ignorant argument a person could make. Any science isn't considered truth until it is proven to be so, hence Big Bang THEORY. We don't know how it happened but we sure as shit know the Earth is Billions of years old and nothing written about God can be proven: therefor, the idea of the God in most religions is untrue/false. Don't be a sheep or a shepherd, LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE!
    FamousA
    Actually, there are verifications of the Bible on multiple accounts. The Gospel of Jesus has been verified by the seeing eye witnesses that took account therein. No prophecy of the Bible has gone unfulfilled.
    GMPX
    Wasn't he bitching about poor record sales due to piracy, but a few days later he's number 6 it's all good, weird.
    Themotherfunky
    Just when you thought it was safe to tolerate Mustaine again...
    GeriatricNinja
    Why, has he really said anything stupid here? The only people he's really had a go at are fundamentalist christians, otherwise he's admitting his own ignorance to the origin of the universe
    Crofty89
    He's being pretty hypocritical about Christians who "try to tell other people how to live" when he's been pretty vocal in the past that people shouldn't believe in evolution, shouldn't be allowed to have same sex marriage, shouldn't have abortions, deserve to get raped, and that African women should "put a plug in it".
    Molomono
    The guy has changed a lot throughout his life, everything he has done and will do excluding Megadeth, was merely a phase. He has said some stupid shit though.
    Dynamight
    Everyone's said some stupid shit. For most people it just doesn't appear in the media.
    GeriatricNinja
    Yeah I'm not gonna try defend those statements, but I do find it pretty weak how certain internet sites have developed this trend and are milking it. Nothing to publish? Just find an old Mustaine interview, look for a line that could be offensive out of context and publish it as the headline. Granted he's said some dumb shit but so has pretty much every celebrity out there
    qrEE
    I'd like to point out that "The Big Bang", and "The Big Bang Theory" are two different things. If God used The Big Bang to create everything, sure, that makes sense I guess?!? But if he used The Big Bang Theory, what Dave is essentially saying, is that God didn't use the big bang itself, just the THEORY of it. That's like saying "pictures of guns kill people".
    TheGuitarGuyBr
    He's only deffending what he stands for, and not trying to shove it up anyone's mind. And also, before you criticize, show me one single person in this whole planet that never said shit.
    M3AK
    I missed the part where he said people deserve to be raped. Is this dude talking shit or did he actually say that?
    xevious1
    I've never heard him say that either. This guy is criticizing Mustaine for something he dint even say.
    telephonebear
    no some fundamentalist christians say that, you know the kind that give all religious people a bad name
    L.T Kickass
    Well he's assuming people think that The Big Bang and Christianity couldn't be a part of the same thing, despite it being hypothesised by a Catholic.
    UniformRecon
    He's sort of bridging a gap between Christianity and science, so it's actually nice to see he's not just stuck on the extreme right with this.
    guitarist5477
    People just can't be satisfied. I thought I'd see more supportive comments, but then I looked below and wasn't really surprised.
    The_Dayman
    Oh, thank you, UG! It's been far too long since a religious argument has started on your site! Love these articles!
    Exelion
    People must stop taking just part of what he says and isolate it from the whole context. Just look at him, the man isn't doing nothing wrong, just speaking about his ideas, without the presumption to impose that to others... I can't see nothing wrong with that
    dontBANmeBRO
    More UGers are getting more tolerable of Dave...was expecting a 90% downvote on the article. Maybe you guys are actually LISTENING to what the man says now instead of knee-jerk reacting to a headline - like UG wants.
    saul.martinez.1
    Religion sucks. Period.
    poland
    Everyone like you should have their own view but NO ONE SHOULD MAKE YOU BELEIVE anything b/c only your the one whom is dead when your heart stops beating!