In the final analysis, there are only two possible answers to this most fundamental of questions: yes or no. To attempt to answer it, there are any number of approaches we could take. We could ponder why humans alone, out of every creature on earth, has a “soul” that seeks greater meaning in life than mere survival of the fittest; that longs for love and appreciates beauty. We could point out the simple statistical impossibility of abiogenesis – life that is spontaneously generated out of non-organic material. We could delve into how the earth is uniquely and perfectly suited for life. We could ponder the inexplicable complexity of life, including the most unfathomable aspect of all: DNA.
If you care to investigate these or a host of other legitimate avenues that scream Creator, there are many, many websites out there that will expound on a variety of subjects. Although many are fantastic resources (and not hard to find), I would direct you to one in particular – GodandScience.org. GaS.org, founded in 1997 by microbiologist Rich Deem, has over 1300 pages of information. It is an absolute wealth of information and has index pages on subjects such as Answers for Atheists, Design vs. Evolution and Biblical Creation, among many more.
So where do we go for the answer to our question? Simple – the big bang. It is now universally accepted (and all scientific evidence supports) a moment during which the universe exploded into existence. How could this have happened, that all the matter in the universe accumulated at one point. How can this be explained other than through supernatural intervention by something outside the confines of the universe?
Let’s go one step further.
There is also the incredible fine-tuning of the physical constants that govern the universe. What is meant by the term “fine-tuning” is the amount of allowable variation before the universe ceases to exist or becomes unable to support life. While a more detailed explanation can be found here, a few of the constants (and their allowable variation) are listed here:
- Ratio of electrons to protons . . . 1:1037
- Ratio of electromagnetic force to gravity . 1:1040
- Expansion rate of the universe . . 1:1055
- Mass density of the universe . . . 1:1059
- Cosmological constant . . . 1:10120
It is impossible for us to grasp the vastness of these numbers. Dr. Hugh Ross, who has a a Ph. D in astrophysics, describes the lowest probability in his book, The Creator and The Cosmos:
Cover the entire North American continent in dimes all the way up to the moon, a height of about 239,000 miles (In comparison, the money to pay for the U.S. federal government debt would cover one square mile less than two feet deep with dimes.). Next, pile dimes from here to the moon on a billion other continents the same size as North America. Paint one dime red and mix it into the billions of piles of dimes. Blindfold a friend and ask him to pick out one dime. The odds that he will pick the red dime are one in 1037. (p. 115)
These are simply mind-boggling – and thought provoking – numbers but they are not alone. GaS.org lists no fewer than 34 parameters that must be fine-tuned to an unimaginable degree.
Let’s get back to our two possibilities – that all these factors just happened to be precisely correct or that a Creator set the laws of physics – and all the associated parameters of the universe – in place at the very moment it was created?
Which seems more likely to you?