This might seem like a strange topic for a pastor to address, but stay with me on this. In all of human existence….the most profound question that needs to be answered is…“Is there a God?” Life’s journey to answer that question has far-reaching implications for each of us. It truly is a “matter of life or death”!
First, let me say I greatly respect science and the scientific method. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the scientific method as: “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.
I respect the scientific method; I just take exception to the interpretation of the results and facts. There are competing worldviews today; a Biblical worldview and a non-Biblical worldview. As far a science is concerned, both worldviews have the same facts and information to interpret. I do not ignore the facts of the scientific method, I look at the evidence and interpret it according to my worldview, which is Bible based.
Einstein was so impressed, as he pondered the human body, he stated, “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illuminate superior Spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.”
There are only two choices available to answer the question, “How did the universe and human life begin?” The two choices are by chance or by purpose and design.
Science has long relied upon a theory called “Infinite Time Plus Chance” to explain the origin of the life. The process itself requires certain presuppositions and conditions, or else no life would generate.
For this to have happened….there must have been:
• An ideally prepared primordial soup
• Frequent jolts of electrical charges
• Unlimited period of time—eons and eons
There are lots of difficulties with this theory, however. The distinguished physicist and astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle has proposed an analogy to illustrate these difficulties: “How long would it take a blindfolded person to solve a Rubik’s Cube?” He calculated that if the person made one move per second, without resting, it would take an astonishing 1.35 trillion years! Hoyle concludes that a blind person could never solve the Rubik’s Cube in his lifetime.
Hoyle then explains, that it would be equally as difficult for the accidental formation of only one of the many chains of amino acids in a living cell, in which there are about 200,000 such amino acids, to form by chance.
Hoyle computed the time required to get, all 200,000 amino acids for one human cell to come together by chance. It would be about 293.5 times the estimated age of the earth (set at the standard 4.5 billion years). 293.5 times 4.5 billion = 1,320,750,000,000 years. In short, based on science’s standard age of the earth, there has not been enough time for the theory of “infinite time plus chance” to produce even ONE human cell!
Examples of design, not chance, can be seen within living things, especially humans. Take the human eye for instance. Even Darwin himself in a chapter from his The Origins of Species titled “Difficulties with the Theory” states: “To suppose that the eye, with so many parts all working together could have formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”
Harvard’s Richard Lewontin, an evolutionary biologist and geneticist states that organisms “appear to have been carefully and artfully designed” and calls the perfection of organisms “the chief evidence of a Supreme Designer.”
Ps. 139:13-14 – 13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works.
The implications of the Big Bang prove that the universe began in a single moment of time.
Scientists have avoided the idea that time had a beginning since it suggested divine intervention, however science has confirmed and reconfirmed that the Big Bang Theory is valid. Dr. Robert Jastrow, founder of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies, comments on the theory of the Big Bang: “Now we see how the astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world. The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same. The chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy.”
Gen. 1:3 – 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Ps. 102:25 – 25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Psalm 19:1- 1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is
declaring the work of His hands.
Time fails me to mention the evidence that points to a Creator from cosmology, from physics, from biochemistry, from biological information or from astronomy.
Is there a God? Absolutely! So the question is, “Do you know Him?”
Lincoln Barnett, The Universe and Dr. Einstein (New York: Bantam, 1974), pg. 95
Sir Fred Hoyle, The Intelligent Universe (London: Michael Joseph, 1983, pp.11-12, 19, 25).
Richard Lewontin, “Adaption” Scientific American, vol 239, no. 3, pg.212
Robert Jastrow, God and the Astronomers (New York, London: W.W. Norton).