The Universe as Evidence for God

COPYRIGHT WARNING

I have thought a lot about those who deny God’s existence; and after decades of observing the character and life of those who reject the Lord, I fail to see the attraction of a life without Him. First of all, the claim that there is no God makes no rational sense to me. It is obvious that we live in a universe that is inexplicable, apart from an eternal intelligence as its source. How highly educated men and woman, who have spent years studying and growing in knowledge, can come to the conclusion that this exceedingly ordered and delicately balanced universe came into being by chance, is a mystery to me. They admit that they have no explanation for how these finely tuned absolutes fixed themselves to allow for life, believing instead that it all happened by blind chance.

Science is based on observable data that can be tested. Since all of the data regarding the existence of the universe points to design and purpose, it seems that wise men and women should not discount the possibility of God as its origin. It is much easier to understand the universe if we put a designer into the equation rather than persisting in an uncaused, accidental universe with no purpose.

When we begin with the possibility that there is a God who has all knowledge and power, and we add to this—the evidence of a written text that has communicated advanced knowledge of many future events, we begin to see how prophecy and creation work together to uphold the reality that God exists.

As I have spent thousands of hours in research and writing my observations regarding these prophecies, increasingly I have become aware of the presence of God in every facet of life. For this reason, I have written commentary and applications for each of these prophecies that brings these predictions into focus by the lens of creation, and how we view the universe from its origin. The plans that God has made for mankind, as exhibited and revealed by the life of Jesus Christ, allow us to rationally understand the universe and why it exists in the first place. God created the vast expanse of space to show us who He is and display His great power. The Bible describes the universe as existing, for the primary purpose of allowing us to see His glory and to speak to us of His existence.

Psalms 19:1-2  The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.

Romans 1:19-20 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…

People will thank the earth, the sky, and the things on the earth for their existence, but not thank the God who made them. Such foolishness is irreconcilable to a rationally thinking man. If a person was born on the earth and had absolutely no contact with another human being while he was advancing in years, if he had never heard a single word on creationism or evolution, this person would logically and reasonably conclude that someone made this beautiful world that he lives in. It is a fairy tale and a foolish myth to conclude that the universe exists of its own volition. There are far more objects on the earth that are less complicated than the Cosmos, and yet no sane person has ever declared that any of these things are self-created or accidentally caused.

The complexity of the atom, the intricacies of the cell, the amazing structure of complex gas and matter which have formed the planets and stars, are immensely complicated. Applied mathematicians specialize in the computation of certain events and actions that exist by chance. It has rightly been stated that the mathematical possibility that a single cell could have come into existence by itself is beyond chance. Even with billions of years of evolutionary processes, order never comes out of disorder. Try placing a cord from your iPhone in a drawer for a few days and see what happens. Place two socks in the dryer and notice how many come out of the dryer. All things on the earth and in the universe move towards chaos by themselves. The order that governs the universe today requires a massive power and intelligence to cause and keep the universe in a state of order.

The dissipation of energy in an open system produces order, while the chaotic behavior of a system where there is a great deal of energy being dissipated, called “dissipative structures,” form themselves but begin to decay soon afterwards. No one has ever shown by science or mathematics that in these dissipative structures, the end product is order.[1]

It is certain that very small changes can combine themselves together to cause major effects. Many times, these effects are viewed as chaotic. What we see in the universe is that order can often degenerate into chaos. If we were able to look back into the ancient history of the earth, we would likely be able to see that in ages past, what is today chaotic, was at some point ordered. Today, this is what the newest thought on chaos is attempting to accomplish. The term “fractals” are defined as “geometric shapes whose structure is such that magnification by given factors reproduces the original object.”[2]

A few examples of “fractals” are snowflakes, coast lines, and star clusters.

It may be that in the near future, an underlying order will be found instead of the complete randomness of chaotic systems. This would be consistent with the laws of thermodynamics.

Today, those who espouse evolution and order from chaos put forth the theory that chaos can generate higher order, particularly in the case of the evolution of human beings from lower life forms.

A large question that is as yet, still unanswered, is how the increasing complexity that is required by evolution could overcome the process of the second law of thermodynamics which brings disorganization and entropy to all things in the universe. In every system, whether it be opened or closed, all things move towards decay. We observe that our universe is winding down and headed towards a certain “heat death.” This certainty is an insurmountable problem for those who put forth their theory that evolution is a fact. The truth is that the universe is observed as moving towards chaos by the process of decay. In reality, chaos theory can never explain the complexity of the universe, due to the existence of entropy and a universe that is destined to die in the distant future.[3]

If we assume that the age of the earth is four billion years old, and evolution has occurred during long periods of inactivity in producing any life forms marked by other periods of mass extinctions, how did a rapid appearance of advanced life forms appear in a relatively short period of time? Since it was chaos that caused the extinction in the first place, how did life burst forth in a very short period of time, compared to the very long period that is determined to have occurred before these extinctions took place?

During a catastrophic event such as a mass extinction event, all of the former survival mechanisms that had previously evolved over great periods of time would be destroyed. Those species which might have survived would be required to maintain very high levels of macroevolution, causing one species to evolve into a completely new species, in a very short period of time.[4]

The problem with this theory is that, no empirical evidence exists which can demonstrate that this is possible. These theories, when examined, are found to come from philosophical speculation without any real evidence that they are even remotely possible. This type of science is more “faith” than fact—the very area of contention that scientists today claim as their basis for a denial of the equally worthy theory of creationism.

When left on their own, nothing moves towards order. There must be an outward force and intelligence that has acted upon matter or an object, to bring it into order, for the possibility of order to exist.

Not a single scientist can explain how the universe began. Not a single scientists can explain how inanimate objects became the highest order of beings that have the ability to think, reason, and create things themselves. No one has ever demonstrated by evidence, how an ape evolved into a human being. All of the current arguments for evolution, are based on philosophical arguments rather than any certifiable science.

The only evolutionary processes that we can observe and test are changes within certain species which allow adaptation to their environment. No one has ever seen a higher species evolve from a lower species.

Evolution is a theory for how life began, not a scientifically testable or provable fact. Why then do we allow the declaration that evolution is a settled fact to continue? Until evolution between species can be proven, other theories such as creationism and intelligent design should be studied, talked about, and taught as valid and plausible possibilities for how life began.

Liberals pride themselves on being open minded, except when it comes to matters of evolution, abortion, or accountability to a Creator. In these issues, those who think of themselves as very wise and evolved in their free thinking have absolutely no tolerance for any other opinion.

When we hear celebrities, such as Bill Maher, make statements that evolution is an established fact, it causes us to wonder just how smart many of these public figures really are. Some famous people seem to believe that because someone with the letters “Ph.D.” behind his name says that something is a fact, that it must be a fact. Of course, the reason that evolution is so widely accepted is not for its scientific truth or established facts, but due to the convenience offered to those who are seeking to live their lives apart from God.

If evolution is true, then Jesus life and death carry no purpose, and all the things that He said are meaningless. This would mean that all life is meaningless because we also have no purpose. We are the product of a set of meaningless and random acts that accidentally caused human life. Your life means nothing, and you have no real purpose for living.

Is this really what we believe?

Do you actually accept that your life, the life of your wife and children, mother and father, sisters and brothers, are meaningless? No rationally thinking person can accept the theory that life is meaningless. We all feel a deep and abiding sense that life is a beautiful and magnificent gift that allows us to richly enjoy, with great satisfaction, the love and joy of this incredible world which we were born into. The only explanation that answers all of the deep and mysterious questions of life is—God, who loves us, who has created this universe for those made in His image to live in, and who cares deeply for every person. Even when we turned aside from Him by our own free will, He continues through every generation, to pursue each one of us and to tell us about His Son who died for our sins to offers every soul eternal life, if we only receive Him.


NOTES:
[1] Henry Morris Phd, Institute for Creation Research, “Can order come out of Chaos?”
[2] McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms (4th ed., 1989), p 757
[3] Per Bak, How Nature Works: The Science of Self-Organized Criticality (New York. Springer-Verlag, 1996), p. 31.
[4] Erle G. Kauffman and Douglas H. Erwin, “Surviving Mass Extinctions,” Geotimes (Vol. 40. March 1995), p. 15.



Categories: Common errors of Atheists, Empirical Evidence for God, Origin of the Universe, Science and the Bible, The Creation of the Universe, The earth is the Lord's, The Sovereignty of God

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