Why are we here?
Is it by Design or Accident?
If you graduated from college within the last 40 years, then you were almost certainly taught that science has proved evolution to be true and that everything is comprised of matter with no evidence of anything non-material. Higher learning institutions continue to teach these as "facts" today. Most students accept this and believe that they were taught indisputable and factual information that they could trust. Anyone who states otherwise is viewed like the proverbial ostrich who sticks their head into the sand because they do not want to face the truth. But what if the newest scientific evidence actually proves otherwise? Science is constantly changing its "beliefs". Are you willing to follow the latest scientific discoveries or will you stick your head in the sand? If you are willing to think for yourself and you consider yourself to be unbiased and open-minded, then I believe you will find this overview enlightening and thought provoking.
A fascinating subject is the study of genetics and the human DNA which continues to amaze scientists with the complexity of design and the coding of organized information. The simplest cell is vastly more complex than originally thought. "The entire cell can be viewed as a factory that contains an elaborate network of interlocking assembly lines, each of which is composed of a set of large protein machines...". Some geneticist and biologist are now expounding theories that the first male and female came from another planet because of irreducible complexity in the cell structure but that does not answer the question of where we came from as they too would need to have a beginning. Many scientists who are purely following the evidence and honestly considering the new advances in molecular biology are having trouble reconciling the highly intelligent design and "4D digital coding" discovered in our DNA, with macro-evolution.
Science has now discovered that all natural selection and breeding is a process of recombination, gene suppression or reduction. Mutations in nature are almost certainly a bad thing. The last thing you want to hear is that your unborn baby has an "unusual" number of chromosomes or a genetic mutation. Adaption within boundaries or micro-evolution is what is consistently observed in science. This is a skillfully designed adaptive process with error correcting properties. Read that again and let it sink in. Do you know of any error correcting, organized information, that created itself? Survival adaption is from a recombination, reduction or suppression of existing gene information and it has natural limitations. This is exactly what Darwin observed in his micro-evolution observations with the finch beaks. However, Darwin's purposed theory of macro-evolution seems less and less like a posibility, as science advances in understanding DNA. Where did the original information and design with it's error correction and boundary limits come from? Macro-evolution (from one kind of animal to a completely different kind of animal) as taught by Darwin has no scientifically verifiable evidence in all of nature, including humans. We may not be able to observe millions of years for changes but we have observed millions of species for over a hundred years and not one of them is in transition to a different kind. From Chihuahuas to Great Danes, dogs always remain dogs and all the DNA for both of them comes from a common ancestor. Why haven't dolphins or other sea bound mammals that cannot live outside of water, not developed gills? Despite our new understanding of DNA, macro-evolution is still taught (not only as a theory, but as a scientific fact).
Quantum mechanics is one of the most successful theories in science. It was used to design the first micro processors and all of the computers and electronic devices we use today. It also leads to some mind bending conclusions as it does not fit with our current understanding of the other laws of the universe. To keep it really simple, it has theoretical physicists generally falling into one of two camps. It is interesting to note that both camps agree that matter is 99.9...% empty space and the world around us that seems so solid is really an illusion because reality as we perceive it does not exist unless it is observed. One branch believes that our whole universe is a grand 3D holographic computer simulation citing recent evidence that our world has a finite resolution and when you "zoom in" close enough, it looks like digital pixels. Once you divide down to a certain point of mass or time (Planck length and Planck time), you cannot divide any further as the object loses locality. The other branch believes missing gravity can be accounted for in some variation of multiple, parallel dimensions or a multiverse. This may sound like science-fiction but many billions of dollars have been spent on machines trying to solve these mysteries. These are the current best "theories" that have held up so far. When does a "theory" with no physical evidence and no imaginable way to test it, become a belief system? Who is to say that other dimensions cannot be spiritual dimensions?
This quick 6 min video explains the "Fine Tuning" problem that honest scientists admit is beyond reason from an evolutionary viewpoint. This is extremely powerful evidence of design.
We will only take the time here to barely scratch the surface of the problems of non-living matter coming to sustainable life on its own. With all of our advancements in science and medicine we still cannot create the simplest of life forms even with repeated experiments in ideal lab environments that are being meticulously orchestrated by many scientists (intelligent life?) even after multiple decades of rigorous experimentation. Yet the evolution theory we are taught to "believe" requires us to blindly accept that it all happened by accident without intelligent design? We are not talking about micro-evolution which happens frequently where birds or animals change slightly over time to adapt to a changing environment (which we now know is removal or suppression of gene expression, as no new genetic information is added in this natural process). The evolution in question is macro-evolution which requires believing that non-living materials became a living cell and all plant, insect and animal species evolved from that one "miracle" cell. They continue this belief even though they cannot provide any actual proof in the fossil record of even one change to a different "kind" of species.
Another factor worth considering is "Near Death Experiences". If you research, you will find hundreds of thousands of accounts of people who were pronounced dead and have a vivid recollection of leaving their body and traveling into another dimension. Some of those include observing details of people and conversations that could not have been physically possible from the vantage point of their physical body. Some were completely brain dead for a couple of days. Some include people who had been completely blind from birth, yet they saw the same things as those who have eyesight. Unlike a dream, they often recall vivid details and common themes in the vast majority of these experiences. This leads to the strong conclusion that these are not caused by a chemical reaction in the brain. While this phenomena does not prove any specific belief system, it does give credible and verifiable evidence of an existence beyond this life.
Now lets add the "Goldilocks" principle (Anthropic Principle), into the equation. If our earth, moon and sun were slightly larger or slightly smaller in size (even if the distance and size proportions were exactly the same) the force of gravity would be either too strong or too weak to support complex life forms. Our unique single but proportionally large moon gives a very unique rotation on a tilted axis at a very important angle of 23.5 degrees at just the right distance from the sun which is "critical" for allowing our planet the seasonal changes and weather patterns required for the seasons that we need to grow vegetation. Consider the extreme temperature difference on our own planet between the arctic and the equator to see just how critical our location is. These are just a small sampling of the many finely tuned features that allow our little blue sphere to sustain complex life. The diverse plant and animal life on planet earth is absolutely astonishing. Just look at the delicate and fragile balance seen in nature and the impact pollution can have on this finely tuned balance. Our ecosystem is amazingly complex with a huge number of codependent plants and animals that need each other to survive. The question is, could this delicate balance have possibly happened by an evolutionary accident or was it carefully designed to support life?
If you talk to most scientists and refer to the elegance and beauty of "mother nature", they will usually agree with comments about the amazing complexities of life but if you phrase it differently and talk about the elegance and beauty of "God's creation", then they will usually challenge you and disagree. Why is that? Well, the term "mother nature" is non-threatening as it does not require a personal response because it places no specific requirements on an individual. Whereas, if there is a Creator who gave us an eternal spirit, then we would have to give an account someday for all our thoughts and actions.
For over a hundred years, 19th century mainstream science taught that the universe was static & eternal with infinite time for evolution to take place (even Albert Einstein used to believe this). Those who "control" the presentation of "science" had to scramble for a new theory when confronted with strong evidence that our universe is expanding and actually had a beginning. So modern science jumped onto the "Big Bang" theory which must invoke its own "miracles" while proudly stating, "We cannot let a divine foot in the door" - Richard Lewontin.
Being a true atheist requires belief in several compounding, unscientific miracles that are not testable by the scientific method and violate all currently known science including:
- Something (actually everything) arising from nothing,
- Inflation of time and space for a very exact and very minuscule period of time that then suddenly and dramatically levels out to the perfect expansion rate to allow matter to exist while mysteriously forming galaxies and planets,
- At least one incredibly special planet that is just the right size and distance and proportion to a non-binary sun. This planet also fortunately contains the right atmosphere with the right sized moon and has just the right axis tilt plus all the advanced elements for the creation and sustainability of life,
- Then the first cell comes to life through a completely undirected natural process,
- Then that first cell must stay alive with no food source,
- DNA coded information inexplicably appears inside the first cell that also contains the instruction plans and the complex factory required to replicate itself,
- Then this incredible cell also has the ability to become both plant and non-plant life,
- Finally, this cell must also simultaneously develop male and female compatible versions (both with complete reproductive processes), then they must find each other and figure it out. Then they must evolve together into all of the variety of life forms that has ever existed without succumbing to inbreeding.
Talk about a blind leap of faith. You can believe that all these incredible, compounding miracles happened against inconceivable odds if you want, but understand that it a belief system based on a plethora of unproved assumptions (not testable experimental science). It also offers nothing but pure conjecture for explaining what was before the "Big Bang" or what set it into motion. The Bible however has always proclaimed that God is not constrained by time and space. For hundreds of years this concept was ridiculed by the scientific community because everyone "just knew" that time was an absolute fixed property. Those who believed the Bible had to accept God's word on faith, until science caught up when the "theory of relativity" gained acceptance.
I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will. - Isaiah 46:10 HCSB
...knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time... - Titus 1.1
Unless you want to believe that the world is being held up by elephants or a turtle, there is only one of the ancient writings which gives specific prophecies of the future and also gives an actual detailed outline of the creation with an order of events. The Bible is unique as it speaks about the creation event in the books of Genesis, Job, Isaiah & Psalms each giving additional insight. There are many views on the correct and accurate interpretation of the Biblical creation timeline. You do not have to suspend science and reason in order to believe the Bible but you may have to look at the actual scientific data yourself and see if there are biases in the interpretation of the factual data and make sure you are correctly understanding what God was trying to convey when you read His Word. I will warn you that independent thinkers who challenge the religion of Darwinism have been mocked and scorned by the "priests" of academia. No matter how reasonable and scientific a discovery may be, if it conflicts with the macro-evolution paradigm, then it will not be accepted into "peer reviewed journals" because the "soft science" fields are controlled by elitist who are extremely biased against anything that challenges their established view of evolution. If you doubt this, then research "soft tissue found in dinosaur bones", and see the controversy over this actual scientific discovery.
Of all the wise men and religious leaders and prophets in history, there is only one person who stands alone. Some have tried to deny his historical existance, but there is more extra Biblical evidence for this poor Jewish home builder from an obscure area than there is for the emperors and kings of His era. He made such an impact on our world that our history is divided by His entrance and 2000 years later our calendar is still based on the years since He entered this earth. He had love and compassion for the common people but He spoke out harshly against "religious" leaders who were proud and had no heart for God. His word speaks out today against many of the things that people are claiming to do in His name. In fact, He prophetically warned us of the deception of false teachers and false prophets that would claim to represent Him and mark the end times. He made several other specific predictions on events that will take place before He returns. Some of which are happening now before our very eyes. He made extraordinary claims that nobody else has ever made. Then he backed them up with his actions and incredible miracles. He allowed himself to be crucified but He has no tomb because He overcame the grave, never to die again. He was seen by over 500 people during the 40 days after He came back from the dead. He ate with them and showed them His hands where the crucifixion nails had pierced Him. Even the Jewish Talmud refers to Jesus as a conjurer and sorcerer so that even his enemies admited to His miracle working. He said that He was sent to make a way for us to enter the holy presence of God Almighty. This is why He could say that He is the only way to God. Don't look at people who call themselves Christians or those who claim to speak for the church, but look at Jesus. His words, His life, His history.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it. “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’ - Matthew 7:13-23 HCSB
For every educated scholarly critique of the Bible, I can show you an equally educated and scholarly viewpoint that validates the historical Biblical events and their accuracy. If you will look for yourself, you will learn that is not about the educated vs uneducated or the scientific vs the unscientific. These are straw-men erected by those who ignore the evidence because they simply do not want to submit to their Creator. The faith it takes to believe in Jesus is similar to the faith it takes to get onto an airplane and trust that it will safely take you to the place you want to go. It is a faith based on evidence that any rational mind can accept.
Search for yourself and make an informed decision on the truth claims made in the Bible. Browse through my video section and you will find informed experts who give credible documented proof for the history and accuracy of the New Testament. Look at the power of truly changed lives starting with His eleven disciples (plus many others) who were there when He died and then met Him in person after His resurrection. They personally watched Him ascended into the clouds proclaiming that He would return at the end of time. Every one of them remained faithful to the end of their lives enduring great pain and suffering and finally death for proclaiming that Jesus arose from the dead. These were first hand witnesses of His death, resurrection & ascension. All of these men would not have given up the rest of their lives to suffering and hardship proclaiming these truths and dying rather than denying these truths. They were very common & ordinary men, yet they forever changed the world spreading the "good news" about Jesus and performing miracles to validate the authority of their message. We have some very interesting parallels to show you from the scriptures to help you find the truth. Jesus proclaimed several times that He is the only way to enter Heaven. Remember, "Some things are true, whether you chose to believe them or not". Only you can decide to investigate further and with eternity at stake, don't you want to know the truth? Eternity is a very long time to be wrong.
 Bruce Alberts, "The Cell as a Collection of Protein Machines: Preparing the Next Generation of Molecular Biologists," Cell, 92(February 8, 1998): 291.