God & Science: A question answered!

Posted: April 9, 2020 in Apologetics
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by Chad Daugherty

If you have ever looked deep into the sky on a beautiful starry night, then you were probably amazed at the immensity of our universe. There are over 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe. There are approximately 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way alone. When all this is taken into consideration, it makes one wonder: How did all this come into being? It is a question that scientist and mankind have sought to answer throughout history. There are two main theories which I will discuss. One of them reveals that the answer was given at the dawn of time.

In an attempt to answer the question of the creation story there have been several theories put forth. One of the most well-known was presented by Charles Darwin who wrote a book called, “The Origin of The Species.” Darwin’s theory is that at one time all matter was dense and close together. Then there was an explosion that caused the matter to scatter thus creating the planets and the universe. This is known as, “The Big Bang Theory.” With the earth being estimated at around 10 billion years old, Darwin claims that life evolved spontaneously from non-living materials. His theory holds that life developed from simple to complex forms in response to the ability of each form to survive. This is referred to as natural selection. Over time humans came into being.

Darwin’s theory was the leading theory held by most scientist. However, it needed to be proven. One way to prove it was to find life outside of our own planet. If life were to be found elsewhere, it would help validate his claim. As technology advanced the race into space began. Russia led the way launching the first satellite, the Sputnik 1. They followed that by sending the first man into space. America followed suit by launching its space program. America soon put the first man on the moon, built the first Skylab, joined with other nations in building the first international space station, and even built six space shuttles that soon made frequent trips into space. One of the main objectives of space travel was to try and verify whether or not there is extraterrestrial life. Scientist soon learned that even though the universe is vast with many galaxies, the likelihood of one being capable of sustaining life would be very small. If life on other planets were to exist, it would depend on certain conditions. First, there would need to be a parent star that is stable and not variable or erratic. Second, it would need to be attended by other planets. Third, the orbit would have to be nearly circular and at the right distance. Fourth, the planet itself must provide certain chemical substances and have a surface structure conducive to living things. If just one of the conditions is varied it drops the possibility of planets that could possibly support life down to ten or even one.

Even with the use of space travel the many tools and technologies available to scientist, they been unable to prove life exist outside of the planet earth. In fact, they have not even been able to prove evolution. Although some things can change or adapt to the environment, the fossil record supports that nothing has changed from or to something else. When considering all this as a whole, it seems very unreasonable that humans or even the universe came from nothing into something.

The second theory is that of creation. This theory believes that there is a Creator (God) who is outside of creation. He doesn’t have a beginning or and end. He has always existed, and He always will. It is He who created the universe and all that is in it, including humans. Although this belief is not based on science but rather by faith, it is supported by science. One example is amino acids. In their textbook, “The Studies of Physical Science” Robert Love and Franklin Niles state:

For example, proteins—the building blocks of all living things—are composed of chains of amino acids that are ordered in particular ways. Twenty different amino acids, in a manner of speaking, “spell out” the tissues that they form. Even the most ardent evolutionists agree that random chance is not reasonable as an explanation for the origin or development of these amino acid chains. And even the simplest living thing is many times more complex than a series of amino acids. (Love and Niles, 2015, 298)

The complexity of the human body itself is evidence of a Creator.

Another example to consider is the time it would take for something to come from nothing and then evolve into a human being. Physical scientists legitimately estimate the age of the universe at approximately ten billion years. An assertion has been made that anything can happen by chance. The assertion says that if you randomly strike typewriter keys you would eventually produce the works of Shakespeare or the Encyclopedia Britannica. However, it can be shown that random chance alone would require a period of time greater than the most extreme estimates of the age of the universe to obtain even the title The Encyclopedia Britannica.Considering these facts, it is even more inconceivable that the human body with all its complexities could come into being by random chance.

The Bible tells us that God created everything. (Gen. 1, Col. 1:17) It tells us the God created us and has a plan for our lives. (Psalm 139:13, Jer. 29:11) You may be thinking this sounds good, but where is the evidence. First, we can look at Bible prophecy. Almost one third (1/3) of the Bible is Bible prophecy (history written in advance). For instance, the birth of Jesus was foretold by the prophet Micah approximately seven hundred years before the event (Micah 5:2, 4-5). The passion of Christ at His crucifixion was foretold 1,000 years earlier in the Psalms (22:14-18). Every prophecy foretold of in the Bible (with the exception of future prophetic events) has been fulfilled literally and exactly as they were written. There were over 300 prophecies written about Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled them all. Peter Stoner, in his classic book Science Speaks, calculated the chance of any man fulfilling just forty-eight (48) of these prophecies to be 1 in 10 to the 157th power.(Stoner, 1963, 100-107)

Finally, we need to consider the most important fact: Jesus rose from the grave. If Jesus had not risen from the grave, then everything in the Bible would be meaningless. There would be no hope of eternal life. Jesus himself foretold of His death and resurrection. (Matt. 16:21) Just as He said, He was crucified, placed into a grave, and then rose again three days later. How do we know he rose from the grave? At the time of Jesus death, the Jewish Sanhedrin and Pharisees did not want Jesus alive. In fact, they were the ones who had him killed. The Romans didn’t want Jesus alive, because He was causing issues for their rule as many people were becoming followers. The followers of Jesus wanted Him to be alive, but they could not have stolen His body to make it appear He had risen from death. His grave was guarded by Roman soldiers and set with a seal. The only explanation is that Jesus did rise from the grave just He said He would. It is evidenced further, when He was seen by over 500 people at one time after his resurrection. (1 Cor. 15:6)

When we consider the facts, it seems obvious that God is the creator of everything, that Jesus is the Messiah who rose from the grave to bring life to those who place their trust in Him, and that God’s word is more trustworthy than all the science. God Himself gave us the answer to the question of “How did all things come into being?” He gave it at the beginning of time, and it has been there for us throughout the ages!

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REFERENCE LIST

Love and Niles, 2015. STUDIES IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE, 4th ed. Springfield, MO: Global University.

Stoner, Peter. Science Speaks. Moody Press, 1963, p. 100-107.

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