Top Scientific Reasons for Knowing God Exists: Part I
Science is a big driver in my life. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan—Dearborn. After that, I attended Wayne State University to obtain a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. I have a love for learning and try to make sense of things using logic and experimentation. Some people might say that the belief of God is not logical, but I disagree. I know that through an understanding of scientific principles and an open mind for what God wants to teach us, it all fits together perfectly. I wanted to share a couple examples of how science points us to God.
The Big Bang: All the mass in the universe was concentrated into the tiniest spec and blew up to initiate the creation of everything. Pretty amazing that a huge burst of energy and light that occurred billions of years ago would be constructive when natural explosions humans have observed are most often devastatingly destructive. Astronomers are convinced that our universe is still expanding and that the speed of growth is actually accelerating. We’re used to detonations that are powerful and bright but die out quickly. What is produced is not sustainable and reliable like all that we see in our solar system and beyond. The logical conclusion is that God, more powerful than any natural force, used the Big Bang to create the processes and substances which would serve as His building blocks.
The Laws of Thermodynamics: The scientific laws of thermodynamics describe the behaviors of fundamental physical properties (temperature, energy and entropy) in a closed system. Let’s say our universe is that closed system. The first law is that energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system, it can only change forms. On this basis, it is mind boggling that our sun and all the stars could produce such intense levels of energy for such long periods of time. Stars are born and they die, with lifetimes measured in the millions and billions of years. How does this happen if there is nothing beyond our universe, if we are truly in a closed nature system? Science points to gravity and other natural forces that are not fully understood to fill in human gaps of knowledge about how the universe functions. The second law is concerning entropy or the level of disorder in a system. The law says that energy dissipates or spreads out to reach an equilibrium, heat moves from hot zones to cold regions. In our universe we have some of the hottest objects (stars) separated by vast distances of cold space. The center of the earth is thought to be about 13,000 degrees Fahrenheit, yet we live comfortably on the surface and the Earth has experienced Ice ages. Why hasn’t the 2nd law of thermodynamics caused everything to reach an equilibrium somewhere between these extremes of temperature? Complex inter-dependent and independent forces of pressure, gravity, energy have achieved a relative level of stability in the midst of the extremes. Instead of randomness and chaos, what we find is that nature is very organized and systematic. This is true even though the law of entropy leads to less organization, a mixing of things. Only God could infuse energy, order and systemization into our universe. God controls the laws and He can break them if He choses. This may not sound logical but who would have thought thousands of years ago that the comparison made in Genesis 22:17 would make sense? “…I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore…” Science knows now that this is a logical comparison. Of course God knew it all along.
To be continued…