Scientists Stumble over God

Genesis 1 and 2 give an overview of the creation of all things. The Gospel of John (John 1:1-3) points back to Genesis 1 and ascribes the creation to “the Word” – the Son of God – Who is by nature God. John 1:3 states that if the Word did not create any particular thing, then it wasn’t created and does not exist! Initially, science was based on the belief that God existed and created everything.  Man, through scientific endeavors, was trying to discover how the creation worked, not how it originated. As time went on, though, science began to separate itself from biblically revealed truth and embrace another faith entirely – faith in a non-created creation, a godless universe. In the beginning was nothing, which suddenly, and for no apparent reason, exploded into everything! This explanation doesn’t sound very scientific, but philosophically, it has a very pleasant upside: Without God, man is free to create a god of his own liking, who just so happens to agree with him on everything and makes no demands on him. This god has no rules–just rights, and there is certainly no judgment to fear or hell to shun! In effect, man has become his own god.

The Apostle Paul addresses the issue of the mankind’s rejection of God’s natural revelation, the creation itself:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20)

What a powerful statement, “…by their unrighteousness suppress the truth…” We were recently reminded of this statement while reading an article in Space.com, “Earth Resides in Oddball Solar System, Alien Worlds Show.”

Our solar system may be an oddball in the universe. A new study using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope shows that in most cases, exoplanets orbiting the same star have similar sizes and regular spacing between their orbits.

By contrast, our own solar system has a range of planetary sizes and distances between neighbors. The smallest planet, Mercury, is about one-third the size of Earth — and the biggest planet, Jupiter, is roughly 11 times the diameter of Earth. There also are very different spacings between individual planets, particularly the inner planets.

This means our solar system may have formed differently than other solar systems did, the research team suggested, although more observations are needed to learn what the different mechanisms were.

Creationists have long contended that we live on a unique planet in a unique solar system, which was specially and lovingly designed and, yes, created, to sustain life on this beautiful planet. Is there life outside of this planet and solar system? Most assuredly – God Himself lives, and there are myriads of angels and demons who live possessing personality and great intelligence. The Scripture doesn’t speak to the issue of other carbon-based life forms, so we won’t speak to it either. It is interesting though that scientists have now discovered that this solar system is very different from all the solar systems they have spotted elsewhere! Of all the solar systems we know, ours is the only one with such a huge differential in planet size and position. But even as they marvel and wonder about the difference, they certainly do not invite the possibility of a creator God into their calculations. Their secular faith won’t allow for that! They remark that “our solar system may have formed differently than other solar systems did,” as if our solar system upped and created itself! Creationists would add a word to that sentence and say that our solar system has been formed differently. It was formed according to the design and pleasure of the One who formed this solar system and every other solar system and galaxy in existence!

In 1952, the Miller–Urey experiment was conducted, which:

…was a chemical experiment that simulated the conditions thought at the time to be present on the early Earth, and tested the chemical origin of life under those conditions.

In 2009, Life Science ran the story, “Life As We Know It Nearly Created in Lab”:

One of life’s greatest mysteries is how it began. Scientists have pinned it down to roughly this:

Some chemical reactions occurred about 4 billion years ago — perhaps in a primordial tidal soup or maybe with help of volcanoes or possibly at the bottom of the sea or between the mica sheets — to create biology.

Now scientists have created something in the lab that is tantalizingly close to what might have happened. It’s not life, they stress, but it certainly gives the science community a whole new data set to chew on.

From time to time we run into an atheist, fully committed to Darwinism, who appeals to these we-almost-created-life experiments as concrete evidence that we don’t need God or an intelligent designer to explain the origins of everything because we can see the process of unguided evolution. We like to ask the committed Darwinian some questions, such as

  • Were the scientists who conducted these experiments intelligent or unintelligent?

We are relieved to learn that the scientists who conduct these experiments are indeed highly intelligent persons, as opposed to brute beasts or the proverbial “box of rocks.”

  • Were these experiments designed and guided, or were these scientists merely observing the desired outcome brought about by time plus chance?

Well, obviously, they were designed and guided by the scientists, and our Darwinian friend becomes a bit uncomfortable in acknowledging this, but he still insists that the results support their claims and that the process to get there is not important.

Ah, but the process is the most important aspect of the discussion. For in their designing and planning and guiding, they have simply demonstrated the absolute necessity for an intelligent designer to create anything of value. Once life is intelligently brought into existence, a particular type of environment is required to sustain that life – such as a finely tuned universe with perhaps an “Oddball Solar System” like the one we find Earth inhabiting.

The late American astronomer and planetary physicist Robert Jastrow wrote in his book God and the Astronomers

For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance, he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries. ( Wikiquote cites page 116.)

We think Jastrow spoke with a prophetic voice to the world of science. They might do well to listen.Ω

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