Top Scientific Reasons for Knowing God Exists: Part II

In my last post I talked about some of the principles governing the universe that point to a greater power.  This time, let’s build on those foundations…

Chemistry & Biology:  Atoms and molecules grouped together to form solids, liquids, and gases.  Chemicals make up everything we eat, drink, breathe, and every material thing in the universe.  The rules for how the atoms and molecules combine make logical sense.  They follow a natural order with ionic and covalent bonding.  These individual components of matter can be subdivided to smaller particles:  electrons, protons, neutrons and even smaller proteons, quarks and other tiny constituents still to be discovered.  Science has figured out how to make polymers and plastics in every shape and many forms but we have not figured out how to make iron, wood or a steak without using nature as the manufacturer.  The energy it would take to convert one element to another element is incredibly great, the process is most often cost prohibitive.  The elements and molecules cooperate in living systems to form functional cells, circulatory systems, DNA, allowing for growth, reproduction, energy to live and so many more complex biological processes.  Humans need protein as nourishment, other animals and plants fulfill this need.  Proteins are biopolymer chains of amino acids.  These chemicals are produced within living systems efficiently, naturally, with no extreme effort required.  Yet, if humans try to replicate the chemical or biological processes in a laboratory, it at times proves to either be impossible or it takes too much time and energy.  If protein and other biopolymer synthesis was cheap, it could mean the end of world hunger, drastically changing the face of our global economy.  Theories proposing that amino acids and more and more complex organic chemicals formed in the primordial soup of an early earth do not seem to take into account the chemical and biological laws that work against this happening randomly.  If we cannot make these biochemicals effectively today with all the ways our societies have found to harness the power of nature, why would it just occur all on its own millions of years ago without a Creator or Designer?

Genetics and Evolution:  We understand how DNA serves as the genetic code, encrypting life, a blue print for every species.  Scientists have cloned life in a lab but they did it using a living species, tapping into the reproductive process.  We understand how our bodies function, but when those functions cease to work, can doctors always apply the right techniques to resume the life processes?  If a human goes without oxygen for a long time and dies, why doesn’t pumping the person up with a supply of oxygen restore them.  Life, being alive, is much more than simply the sum of the biological and chemical reactions.  There is energy, drive and consciousness that define human life beyond that which is purely physical.  Science gives irrefutable evidence that evolution is valid.  There are also starts and stops.  One evolutionary branch may reach an end (think Dinosaurs) while another has many sub-branches (think dogs, with the added help of selective breeding).  There are also complex systems that would require multiple evolutionary changes to be self-sustaining until various related components join together to be functional (ex. The eye).  Some systems suggest non-reducible complexity.  Purely random mistakes in the genetic sequence leading to a survival benefit replicated generation to generation is not a convincing sole argument for the development of more and more complex, sophisticated, living systems.  What makes more sense is evolution with a “Divine Push” now and then.  Like an artist using paint strokes to create a masterpiece, God could use evolution as the medium by which to achieve His creation.  God wanted diversity and beauty, by pushing evolution here and there, He got it.  We see it everywhere.  Eventually God wanted to endow His creation with some of His own properties, emotional intelligence, the ability to understand, and to love, not just survive.  God adds a soul into His homo sapien evolutionary product.  God grants Adam and Eve this “something extra” which separates humans from the animals and establishes us as God’s Children.       

These are some big subjects to consider in such an abbreviated way. I’ve certainly over simplified the topics but hope I’ve given some ‘high-level” rationale for how science can support faith in God.

Thanks for reading and considering these ideas.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Top Scientific Reasons for Knowing God Exists: Part I

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…

This is BIG…

Did you ever discover or experience something that forever changed your life?  Was it an “ah-ha” moment that suddenly filled you with amazement?  Or was it a slow realization revealed over time like layers of clouds moving away so that eventually you could clearly see the light?

It may take a while to process what you learned and to be transformed with your new knowledge.  Then everything changes!  You will never be the same!

Now, what do you do next?  Will you share what you know or keep it a secret?  I can’t help it, I want to share.

The “Big thing” that changed me forever was finding out that God is real.  I know SO many people already realized this over the centuries.  Millions have faith in the God or God(s) of their culture.  My culture taught me about the Christian God of the Bible, who loved me, listened to my prayers and wanted a personal relationship with me.  I wanted to believe it, but it seemed more like wishful thinking.  I am a scientist.  I need logic.  Natural laws must be followed.  I am an average person striving to live well and struggling to figure out the meaning of life.  Looking at the world, trouble, conflict and hate are all around.  Given our world’s condition, the Christian idea of a personal God is definitely NOT logical.  Especially when you consider that for God to be real for me, God would have to be real for every other human being in the universe.

NOT POSSIBLE, RIGHT?!

WRONG!!!

If we allow religion or societies to put God into a box, creating limitations about what God is and does, arguing about who is right, we’re all wrong.

God is so much BIGGER than the picture humans have painted.  A BIG GOD is there for everyone across this great BIG WORLD.  This is the God of the impossible, the architect of the universe, the BIG GOD that breathes life into all creation.

In “Our-Big-God-Blog,” I’d like to dive into the logic that let’s me know God is real.  I want to discuss and share ideas and stories.  I want to talk about books, music and life transformations.  Let’s consider events that defy logic.  It would be great to hear from others who have found out that God is a reality.  I want to hear from non-believers and people from every culture.  I’d like to work toward building bridges of understanding between different people.

Let’s create acceptance.  Let’s demonstrate love for one another even if we disagree.  Let’s be amazed together discovering how OUR BIG GOD is working for OUR BIG WORLD.

  Building divine connections for a divided world.

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