August 17, 2020

Science and God

Over the years there have been many discussions and debates about the origins of life and the universe, whether there is an “intelligent designer” or if everything has just randomly come from nothing. I understand the reasoning behind both viewpoints, and it could very well be that my faith is skewing my opinion. But when I look at the universe with child-like eyes I can’t help but see a never-ending canvas that has been painted by a Master Artist.

It has been written that “science has brought us an immense amount of understanding. The sum total of human knowledge doubles roughly every couple of years or less. In physics and cosmology, we can now claim to know what happened to our universe as early as a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, something that may seem astounding. In chemistry, we understand the most complicated reactions among atoms and molecules, and in biology we know how the living cell works and have mapped out our entire genome. But does this vast knowledge base disprove the existence of some kind of pre-existent outside force that may have launched our universe on its way?” (Amir D. Aczel, Time Magazine)

Philosophers throughout the ages have speculated on the various possibilities for the creation of the universe. But interestingly, the Apostle Paul turns things around and provides a proof for the existence of God simply by observing that which has already been created: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” What has already been created calls out to us with an eternal declaration that there is a God and that He is a Master Creator. So much so that we can stand in awe of how precise and improbable our lives are without a Creator.

As Aczel continues, “The great British mathematician Roger Penrose has calculated—based on only one of the hundreds of parameters of the physical universe—that the probability of the emergence of a life-giving cosmos was 1 divided by 10, raised to the power 10, and again raised to the power of 123. This is a number as close to zero as anyone has ever imagined. (The probability is much, much smaller than that of winning the Mega Millions jackpot for more days than the universe has been in existence.)” AMAZING!

You may be hard pressed to accept any other paradigm than what you already know. You may even feel so deeply convicted and rooted in what you know that anything else would never even come close to your truth. I guess I hope, as I do when I stare up into the stars with my child-like wonder, that you might consider an alternative theory—one that has a loving Creator behind “what has been made.”

In closing, I refer back once again to Aczel’s article—“Science and religion are two sides of the same deep human impulse to understand the world, to know our place in it, and to marvel at the wonder of life and the infinite cosmos we are surrounded by. Let’s keep them that way, and not let one attempt to usurp the role of the other.”

Amen.

Pax,
Peter

p.s. I highly encourage you to read the full article from which excerpts were cited in this exploration: “Why Science Does Not Disprove God” by Amir D. Aczel, Time Magazine, April 27, 2014.

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