Some things require an explanation…

If you deny the existence of a Creator…

  1. How would you explain the existence of the universe?
    1. Since science has demonstrated that the universe had a beginning, it had to be caused by something.
    2. And you can’t use time or space or matter or energy or the laws of nature to explain the beginning since none of those things existed.
    3. Therefore, it seems reasonable to infer that the cause must have been something beyond nature, something supra-nature, something supernatural.
    4. Christianity affirms this.
  2. How would you explain the precision required for the universe to be life-permitting?
    1. Science has discovered that life in the universe depends on a razor-thin balance of physical laws. And if even one of those was slightly different, life couldn’t exist—anywhere.
    2. The odds of that happening are basically zero—unless the universe was designed and created by someone with incomprehensible intelligence.
    3. Christianity affirms this.
  3. How would you explain all of the things that had to go right to get a habitable planet like earth?
    1. Science has discovered that there’s a long list of factors that have to be met at one place and one time in the galaxy if you’re going to have a planet that’s suitable for life like human beings.
    2. Again, the odds against this happening are beyond belief—unless the earth was put together by someone who was concerned with the existence of humanity.
    3. Christianity affirms this.
  4. How would you explain the actual origin of life?
    1. Science has discovered that every living system is self-sustaining, self-repairing, and self-replicating. Every living cell has those capabilities—capabilities that are still beyond the reach of modern science.
    2. Now, the odds of nonliving matter ever developing into such a sophisticated living system are effectively zero—unless it was accomplished by a pre-existent living being with the desire and ability to do so.
    3. Christianity affirms this.
  5. How would you explain the irreducibly complex machines within a living cell?
    1. Science has discovered multi-part “molecular machines” within the cell that can’t be reduced in any way and still maintain their function—these machines far exceed the capacity of human technology.
    2. And we know from experience that the design and manufacturing of complex machines is always the result of an intelligent agent.
    3. Therefore, it seems reasonable to infer that these extraordinary machines were engineered by someone with inconceivable intelligence.
    4. Christianity affirms this.
  6. How would you explain “the language of life”?
    1. Science now knows that there is information in life. In DNA there is highly complex, specified genetic information—far more information in a smaller place than the most advanced computers on the planet.
    2. Once again, we know from experience that information is always the product of an intelligent agent.
    3. Again, it seems reasonable to infer that the cause of life’s information was a mind far greater than our own—a mind that is supremely intelligent.
    4. Christianity affirms this.
  7. How would you explain the amazing diversity of life on this planet?
    1. Science knows of no natural mechanism—including mutation—that can increase the genetic information required for diverse and complex life forms.
    2. And the fossil record seems to indicate the sudden—not gradual—appearance of fully formed animals.
    3. Therefore, it seems reasonable to suggest that the existence of diverse and often astonishing life forms is not the result of natural processes, but the creative genius of someone beyond nature.
    4. Christianity affirms this.
  8. How would you explain consciousness or mind?
    1. Science knows of no natural mechanism that can account for the emergence of mind from brute matter.
    2. Consciousness—thinking, emotions, desires, beliefs—is something beyond physical materials and processes.
    3. As such, it seems reasonable to suggest that our consciousness came from a greater consciousness—one that is rational, intelligent and creative.
    4. Christianity affirms this.
  9. Now, you may deny the existence of a Creator, but if you do…
    1. You have to explain how the entire universe came from nothing and by nothing.
    2. Then you have to explain the improbability that the universe, from the very beginning, was finely-tuned to permit the existence of life.
    3. Then you have to add to that improbability the improbability that the earth would meet all the conditions needed for a planet to be habitable by humans.
    4. Then you have to add to those improbabilities the improbability that nonliving chemicals could somehow self-assemble into the first living cell.
    5. Then you have to explain how sophisticated molecular machines were assembled without necessity, instructions or guidance.
    6. Then you have to explain how specified, complex genetic information—”the language of life”—was produced by unintelligent natural causes.
    7. Then you have to explain how natural processes produced the amazing diversity of life when the evidence points to the contrary.
    8. Then you have to explain how mere matter could account for conscious, living, thinking, feeling creatures.
  10. Probabilities:
    1. When looking at these probabilities, keep in mind the following:
    2. The number of seconds in the history of the universe is 10^18.
    3. The number of sub-atomic particles in the entire known universe is said to be about 10^80.
    4. The odds of our finely-tuned universe existing have been calculated to be 1 chance in 10^(10^124).
    5. The odds that life would originate from non-life have been calculated to be 1 chance in 10^40000.
    6. The odds that a single protein molecule could form by chance is 10^125. And that would only be one protein molecule—a minimally complex cell would need between three hundred and five hundred protein molecules.
    7. The odds of improving meaningful information by random chance is 1 in 10^1000.
    8. The odds of added complexity arising by mutations and natural selection are nearly 1 chance in 10^40000.

Greg Heinz

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s