What has God done for me lately?

     Let's begin  where you are.   How did you come into existence?   This is not simply the question of  two parents in a sexual relation.  How did any of us come into existence. The fact that you exist is an awesome fact. How did you get here?  This raises the question of the origin of anything.  The universe.  Life.

    Biologist have a theory they hope people will believe  as a fact that life arose from primitive carbon soups in the primeval past.  All of life came from these simple beginnings they say.   More and more people are coming to question this theory, not only biologists but physics and chemists. Paul Davies, a prolific writer in the area of physics, wrote:
        "It is hard to see how a molecule like RNA or DNA, containing many thousands of carefully arranged atoms, could come into existence spontaneously if it was incapable, in the absence of proteins, of doing anything (in particular, of reproducing). But it is equally unlikely that nucleic acid and proteins came into existence by accident at the same time and fortuitously discovered an efficient symbiotic relationship.  The high degree of improbability of the formation of life by accidental molecular shuffling has been compared by Fred Hoyle to a whirlwind passing through an aircraft factory and blowing scattered components into a functioning Boeing 747.  It is easy to estimate the odds against random permutations of molecules assembling DNA.  It is about  l0-40,000 to one against. This is the same as tossing a coin and achieving heads roughly 130,000 times in a row. (Paul Davies,Are We Alone? New York: Orion Publications 1995,p.27)

     While Davies  does not  renounce Darwinism, his view makes Darwinism impossible intellectually.  He wrote in another book, The Cosmic Blueprint,
        "As we have seen, all life involves cooperation between nucleic acids and proteins.  Nucleic acids carry the genetic information, but they cannot on their own do anything.  They are chemically incompetent. The actual work is carried out by the proteins with their remarkable catalytic ability.  But the proteins are themselves assembled according to instructions carried by  the nucleic acids....Even if a physical mechanism were discovered that could somehow assemble a DNA molecule, it would be useless unless another mechanism simultaneously surrounded it with relevant proteins. Yet is hard to conceive that the interlocking system was produced spontaneously in a single step.(New York: Simon and Shuster, 1988, p.116)

    A couple of pages later Davies noted:
        "It is possible to perform rough calculations of the probability  that the endless breakup and reforming of the soup's complex molecules would lead to a small virus after a billion years.  Such are the enormous number of different possible chemical combinations that the odds work out at over  l0-2,000,000 to one against.  The mind numbing number is more than the chances against flipping heads on a coin six million times in a row.  Changing from a virus to some hypothetical simply replicator  could improve the odds considerably, but with a number like this it doesn't change the conclusion:  the spontaneous generation of life by random  molecular shuffling is a ludicrously improbable event. (ibid.,p.118)

     There is an old argument called the kalam argument.  It is outlined so:
          l. Everything that begins to exist has a cause of its existence.
          2. The Universe began to exist.
          3. Therefore, the universe has a cause of its existence.

This argument  may be used  both with the origin of the material universe as well as the origin of life    It is quite rational to think of  God as the creator of  both the universe and life.
Some physicists seek to introduce quantum fluctuations to explain the origin of the universe without  violating any laws of physics.  This appears contradictory.  If  there was once nothing in the absolute sense  of the term, there is nothing in existence for quantum fluctuations.  Either we have nothing as the big bang indicates, or we have something already in existence , thus pre-dating the big bang.    The Kalam argument recognizes the need for an explanation for the existence of the universe that is not eternal.    An eternal God who creates not only the universe but life and the greatest example of life reflecting the rationality of God as man in the image of God.
 So what has God done for me today?    I exist.  Each breath that I take is only possible because of his creativity.   Each wonderful experience of friendship is another expression of his intended community of the human race.

    But God wants to do even more than that for us.   He wants to have a close relationship with us.   If you would like to pursue this further  see,

         How to get to heaven from wherever you are  on this web site.


    Dallas M. Roark, Ph.D.
Copyright 1999
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