Author of Origins of Life, theoretical physicist Freeman J. Dyson says, “As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.” Hmm. It’s not the universe that knew we were coming!
Naturalism is “The system of thought holding that all phenomena can be explained in terms of natural causes and laws without attributing moral, spiritual, or supernatural significance to them.” (The American Heritage Dictionary) Naturalists believe that the world evolved on its own and reject the notion that a designing God is responsible for life. By holding to this view, they set aside powerful evidence that begs a Designer. Burrowing beneath their intellect, is the real issue the worship of chance or wills opposed to the allowance of an omnipotent Creator?
For anyone embracing the notion that we are just finely-evolved creatures bereft of a Creator, sin is essentially a non-issue. The proliferation of naturalistic thought undermines the importance of absolutes for life is devoid of supernatural meaning. Live as you please for when you die, you die! But in Genesis, we discover there is a Lord who formed us from the dust of the ground with no intention that we would end up forever dust in the wind. He calls us to live holy lives in accordance with His divine will. If we need evidence that He exists, we need only examine what is around us. If the beauty of nature does not impress us, mathematics and science certainly provide compelling proof for design and therefore, a Designer.
Dr. Walter Bradley in “The Designed ‘Just So’ Universe” writes:
There are certain universal constants that are an essential part of our mathematical description of the universe. A partial list is found in Table 2 and includes Planck’s constant “h”, the speed of light “c”, the gravity force constant “G”, the mass of the proton, electron, and neutron, the unit charge for the electron or proton, and the weak force, strong nuclear force and electromagnetic coupling constants, and Boltzmann’s constant, k . . . This is only an illustrative but not exhaustive list of examples of cosmic coincidences that clearly demonstrate that the four forces in nature have been very carefully scaled to give a universe that provides long-term sources of energy and a variety of atomic building blocks which are necessary for life.
Dr. Bradley’s article goes on to share how finely-tuned and delicately established each force of nature is shaped to allow for life. He offers faith-affirming evidence for design. I encourage you to read his article and the writings of other scientists shared at www.origins.org. The Apostle Peter challenges us, “but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). There is great evidence that God designed life. The more we understand the intricacy and beauty of what He made, the better we will be able to share the intimacy and hope that come from knowing our unseen Father. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Romans 1:20--For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.
The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.—Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
The equations of physics have in them incredible simplicity, elegance and beauty. That in itself is sufficient to prove to me that there must be a God who is responsible for these laws and responsible for the universe.—Australian astrophysicist Paul Davies
Astronomy leads us to an unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly-improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.—Nobel laureate Arno Penzias
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)