What is evolution? Does the Bible disagree with evolution? Has evolution been proven a fact? These are some questions I intend to answer. Answering these questions could take up volumes, so I will not be able to address every little detail. I will try to summarize but this is going to be a lot of info.
Disclaimer: In parts 1 and 2, I basically said that I don't think you can prove that God does or does not exist with 100% certainty. Let me clarify what I meant by that. I do believe God exists. God exists whether you believe He does or not. I believe this is the truth of the matter. In addition, I believe that there is sufficient evidence for God's existence that it leaves you without an excuse if you choose to believe He doesn't exist. Romans 1:19-20 says this. What I meant by saying that you can't prove that God exists is that there is no argument that you can present to 10 different atheists and have 10 out of 10 of them convert from atheists to theists. I don't believe this is so much a matter of having a lack of good arguments or proofs, as I believe this is the result of our tendency to "suppress the truth in unrighteousness" as Romans 1:18 puts it. God is real and God does exist. There is plenty of evidence but there will always be those who fight this truth.
The Fine Tuning Argument
This time around, we will be looking at a more modern argument for the existence of God. This one is very heavy on science and math, but I'll try to avoid the numerical details and just give a basic understanding. If you actually want all of the math, I'll provide some and I'm sure you can find more with a good google search! Today's argument revolves around the way a great number of conditions in the universe and world come together to create a relatively wonderful environment for us to live in. It can be considered a part of the Design Argument that we looked at last week.
A piano requires all of its many strings to be just the right thickness and length and for each of them to be held in just the right tension for the instrument to be in tune and sound harmonious. And that's not even to mention the hammering mechanism, foot pedals, and other parts to a piano. If too many of these things were not adjusted properly, the piano would produce noise, but not music. In the same way, the world itself seems to be "finely tuned" to provide a place for us to live. There are many aspects to the universe, our solar system, and our planet that are adjusted just right to allow us to live here. In fact, changing just one piece by a small bit would cause life as we know it to be impossible. Just as the piano takes intentional guidance to be so harmonious, the world and universe must have been intentionally guided by a Creator to have turned out just right for us. This argument is called The Fine Tuning Argument.
Lets look at some of the many pieces of our planet and the universe itself which show just how finely tuned this place is for life.
As I mentioned in Part 1, I don't really think there is a way to prove 100% that God does exist. But I do believe there are very strong arguments that can be made to defend the existence of God. I hope these provide strength for your own faith and aid you in sharing your faith with others.
Today's age old argument is one that has only developed a stronger case over time. It is the Design Argument.
The Basic Idea
Look at these two pictures. In the first one, we see lines in the sand. I have one question for you about the first picture. How did the lines get there? Now look at the second picture. It is also a picture of lines in sand. How did these lines get there?
Have you heard about this thing?! I saw it in the news today.
The Falcon HTV-2 is an experimental unmanned aircraft. It caught my nerd attention when I realized how fast this bad boy moves. It can reach Mach 20. Mach 20. . . Mach 20! That's 20 times the speed of sound for those less nerdy than I. That means that this thing can move at 13,000 miles per hour! No wonder its unmanned. Could you imagine trying to fly that thing? It can travel from LA to New York City in 12 minutes. And to think it takes my flight 2 hours to get Christy and I from Chicago to Maryland.
I was thinking about how incredibly fast this thing can move when I recalled two stories from the Bible about fast moving people. One guy in the Bible gets moving at some pretty incredible speeds, but nothing near Mach 20. But another guy actually moves faster than Mach 20!
Mark has been happily married for five years, has a year and a half old daughter, and serves as a youth and children pastor in Oak Park.