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Not By Chance

Chris Holland
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Chris Holland is speaker/director of It Is Written Canada. 

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  • October 15, 2015
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It had stood the test of time. God's book. The Bible. Relevant in today's complex world. It is written. Sharon. Messages all around the world. Did you know the chance of a pregnant woman having twins is one in two hundred fifty or how about the chance of being hit by lightning in your lifetime. It is one in three thousand or the chance of being struck and killed by an asteroid. One in two hundred fifty thousand. These random chance. Facts are really frivolous to be honest. But they lead me to ask an important question. Maybe the most important question to be answered in life. What is the probability that God really exists. Fundamentally any sensually. Does God exist. It is the question of the ages. It is a question that we began to answer. Last week. In fact. In order to answer that question. We began to set up a framework to answer the question. And here is the key. In order to answer this question in an on biased fashion. Our framework. Means to be able to work for anyone. Whether that person is a Christian an atheist or someone who practices. Any religion at all. First and most importantly to the framework is the issue of attitude. Now in a review of last week and if you happen to miss last week's show. You can go to our youtube channel at W W W dot youtube dot com. Forward slash I.W. Canada. And there you can watch any of our previous programs. But most especially last weeks. But in a brief review. Each of us has opportunity to investigate. With three basic attitudes. That of a skeptic. Believe are or enquire. And the attitude that we take will often dictate the results of any given investigation. Remember the important distinctions that we emphasized in that last show. A skeptic. Decides against a claim. Prior to thorough investigation. While a believer on the other hand. Decides to accept the claim prior to thorough investigation. But it Inquirer. Holds verdict. Until the investigation is done. In addition a skeptic focuses on the question. To the exclusion of the evidence. Whereas a believer focuses on the evidence to the exclusion of the question. But in Inquirer. Focuses on the weight of evidence. All the while. A skeptic. Disbelieves in the face of reasonable evidence. However a believer believes while big questions remain. But in enquire accepts reasonable evidence. Even if some questions remain. And so as we investigate this question of God's existence. The only fair and balanced. Attitude to start with. Is that of an Enquirer. So once we have established the proper attitude. It allows for a framework to be formed. That will lead to honest conclusions. So the next issue becomes. Well what kind of knowledge was. Must we obtain to answer the question of God's existence. One must assume that somewhere in the vast expanse of knowledge that exists. The reality of the knowledge of God must be there. So where might we obtain that knowledge to build the right questions to answer the question of God's existence. Last week as we investigated the possible sources of knowledge. We discovered that knowledge comes through seven basic sources. Reason. Sensory Perception. Intuition feeling. Experience. History and the experts. Yet with each one of these sources. We saw clearly that they are vastly insufficient to build a framework that will reveal the answer to one of life's greatest questions. Does God. Really Exist. So what are we to do in this inquiry. Well there is another source of knowledge that may help us. It's called probability theory. Probability theory deals with the occurrence of events. It looks at the possibility or probability that something is completely random or. If it is statistically probable. Here's what I would propose to you that we would use. Probability theory in order to tackle. The question of God's existence. Why. Because it is an unbiased. Factual way of dealing with this great question of life. Now before we jump into the statistical analysis. Let's further explain and describe some aspects of probability theory. According to Dr ponded in day to day life we can say that any given event that has only one chance of occurrence in ten. To the eighth power. Which is a one with eight zero S. after it. Or one hundred million. It is considered an impossibilities. Now in the same way. The converse is true. If something occurs ten to the eighth power times. Yet has one of non occurrence. It is considered a fact. Now when we move into the world of science. Scientific calculations require that the number actually goes up. The so the number is ten to the fifteenth power for any scientific calculation. But when it comes to establishing a scientific law. We are told that the number. Must be ten. To the fiftieth power. Now here's what this means. If there is a mathematical probability of something occurring. Tend to the fiftieth power times. With only one chance of failure. That event is then considered. Scientific law. Now just to give you an idea of how huge These numbers are. Suppose we wanted to test the certainty of gravity. By dropping a ball. Every second. As we look for that one time when the ball will just float in the air. To test it ten to the eighteenth power times. Which is less than half of what is considered. To make a scientific law. Dropping that ball. Every second. Will take us fifteen billion years to accomplish. A time that long. Is almost unfathomable. Especially in light of the fact that some scientists believe that fifteen billion years is the age of the universe. At least according to the Big Bang Theory. So what does all this mean. Here's the bottom line. These are huge numbers that go all long way toward eliminating error and chance. On one hand. Yet establishing certainty on the other. Therefore as a result. We can clearly affirm that in extremely low probability is virtually synonymous with certainty. And so it is with that framework that we can put to the test. One of the greatest claims of Christians. That God is the Creator of All Things. This claim is not just the claim of people speaking. But it is the actual claim of the Bible. The very book that forms the foundation for two of the world's largest religions. Listen to these bold claims of both the Old and New Testament. In the Bible. The very first words of the Bible say that God is the creator of all things in Genesis chapter one. And verse one the Bible says this. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And then the remainder of the Genesis account. Says things like this then God said Let there be light. And there was light. Then God said Let there be a firmament. In the midst of the waters. And let it divide the waters from the water. Then God said Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together in one place. And let the dry land appear. Then God said Let the earth bring forth grass. The herb that yield seed. And the fruit tree that yields fruit. According to its kind. Whose seed is in itself. On the earth. And it was so. And finally. Then God said Let Us make man in OUR image. According to our like as the Bible is clear in its assertion that God is Creator. In fact many scholars say that Moses wrote these chapters in the book of Genesis. As a defense of God's creatorship if we call it that. Now another passage that eclairs the creative power of God is Psalm chapter thirty three. Psalm. Thirty three. And it states this. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap. He lays up the deep in storehouses let all the earth fear the Lord. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of am. For he spoke. And it was done. He commanded. And it stood fast. A bold statement that God Himself spoke. Everything into existence. The New Testament. Also makes such declarations. Hebrews chapter eleven. And in verse three. Boldly claims. These things. He resilin. And in verse three. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God. So that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Then really. One of the capstone passages. On creation is Revelation Chapter four. And verse eleven. Revelation Chapter four. And verse eleven. You are worthy of a lord to receive glory and honor and power for you created all things. And by your will they exist. And were created the very worship of God is founded on his being the Creator of All Things. The Bible though. Invites us to test these claims that he is the creator. To do that we will apply the test of probability. To creation. If the test reveals a high probability that random chance processes are able to explain what we see in nature. Then it will rule out the existence of God. If however on the other hand. The test reveals probabilities that are incredibly small that it becomes reasonable indeed to affirm that God is the creator. And that these very small probabilities. Point to his existence. Let's now apply the test of probability to see what we find. First let's look at the relation between gravity and electromagnetic forces. One of the delicate balance is that science has noted. Is the precise relationship that exists between gravity and electromagnetism. Physicist. Paul Davies comments. Calculations show that changes in the strength of either force by only one part in tend to the fortieth power. Would spell catastrophe for stars like the sun. So just the ever slightest change would do the planetary functions. This balance cannot be explained by some random chance. Holding it all together. But by precise. Designed. This is such an incredibly small value. That a hypothetical. Illustration is needed. Suppose you had a pile of wooden match sticks. And that that pile was actually much larger than me entire volume of the earth. In fact let's say that your pile. Actually extended. All the way from here to the sun. And then in that pile. Only one match stick. Has a head on it. And the rest are bare headless matchsticks. Since you are extremely cold. You need that one match with the head to start a fire. Your chance of picking the match stick with the head out of the pile on the first try. Without looking. Is greater than one out of ten to the fortieth power. Then there is the relationship between strong and weak nuclear forces within atoms. There exists both strong and weak nuclear forces that perform their specific functions. The strong force that binds the particles in an atom's nucleus. Must be balanced with the weak nuclear force to a degree of one part intended the sixtieth power. If the strong force were any weaker. Atomic nuclei could not hold together. And only hydrogen would exist. If the strong force were only slightly stronger. The sun would not exist. What're would not exist. And the heavier elements necessary for life. Would not be available. Friends this is not random chance that atoms are held together. But it demonstrates a designer. Remember that mathematicians sometimes define probabilities of less than one chance. Out of ten to the fiftieth power. As impossible. In other words. It is statistically impossible for atoms to be held together. Why are they then. Because they were created by a designer. But we won't stop. There is a relationship. Also between gravity. And the cosmological constant. Now. Don't be overwhelmed by the big words. It's actually quite simple to understand. Let's look at the precise relationship between gravity. And the expansion of the universe. While the universe is expanding gravity. Inhibits the rate at which the universe expands. For space to expand at a rate that would allow for the development of life. The cosmological constant. Which warders the precise relationship between the expansion of the universe and gravity. Must be less than ten. To the one hundred twentieth power. The fine tuning of this constant is extraordinary and represents the most extreme. Fine tuning of any known constant. In physics. What does this mean. Once again. The relationship between gravity. And the expansion of the universe is according to the experts. A statistical in possibility. Yet it is happening. How is that possible. Designed by a master. Designer. What about the probability that the universe itself. Formed by chance processes. Oxford University physicist and mathematician. Roger Penrose estimated that the probability that the organization of the universe could just happened by chance. Is precisely ten. To the hundred and twenty third power. Now. If you should try to write that number. Out by placing a zero on each atom in the known universe. You would have a problem because you would run out of atoms. Before you would run out of the zeros. The universe is estimated to have all the about ten to the seventy eighth power of atoms. My dear friends. The existence of the universe. By random chance. Is impossible. Why. Because it was designed by a creator. In fact the probability that one protein molecule. Could have formed on its own by chance processes. Is one chance in ten. To the hundred and ninety S. power. It's an impossibility. Unless God is involved. As creator. Then all things are possible. Now what about the prop ability that a cell could have just come about by chance. Scientist. Fred Hoyle who rejects the idea of a god has calculated that the probability of getting at one time. Two thousand protein molecules necessary to start life is one chance. Out of ten. To the forty thousand power. However it turns out that whole was being very optimistic. Using thermodynamics. Which is the energy relationship between atoms and molecules. Physical chemist. Harold. Moral wits. Who also favors an evolutionary worldview. Calculates that the probability of a very tiny microbe a Michael plasma. Appearing spontaneously. Is one chance. Out of ten. To the five billion. Power. Yet life. Formed in the face of the possibility. How by design and creation. So what has been the reaction by some scientists who favor an evolutionary worldview. A scientist. Thread a while. Himself. States. This a common sense. Interpretation of the facts. Suggests that a super intellect has monkeyed with physics as well as with chemistry and biology. And that there are no blind forces. Worth speaking about in nature. The numbers. One calculates from the facts. Seems to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion. Almost beyond question. Cosmologists. Shondra wick romancing States. It is quite a shock. From my earliest training as a scientist. I was very strongly brainwashed to believe that science cannot be consistent with any kind of deliberate creation. That notion has had to be very painfully shed. I'm quite uncomfortable in the situation. The state of mind I now find myself in. But there is no logical way out of it. I now find myself driven to this position by logic. There is no other way in which we can understand. The precise. Ordering of the chemicals. Of life. Except to involve the creation. On a cosmic scale. We were hoping a scientists that there would be a way all around. Our conclusion. But there isn't then there's Anthony Flew. Professor of Philosophy. Former atheist. Author and debater. He pointed out the following. Most impressive. Arguments for God's existence. Are those that are supported by recent scientific discoveries. Such as the fine tuning of the universe. Now I suppose that one can still believe in chance. Even with probabilities the small. But then again. What difference would there be between believing in chance and believing in miracles. You might as well believe in miracles. That is this mean that there are no difficulties with the notion that God exists. Certainly not the difficulties of belief or indeed great. But the absurdities of unbelief. Are even greater. Shondra whick romancing notes The following the chances that life just occurred on Earth are about as unlikely as a typhoon blowing through a junkyard and constructing a seven forty seven. The Apostle Paul said these words in Romans chapter one. And in verse twenty. Four since the creation of the world. His invisible. Attributes are clearly seen. Being understood by the things that are made. Even his eternal power and Godhead. So that they are without excuse. By their friends. Probability theory. Strongly points to gods exist. In fact the prop abilities. Leave little doubt that this world and the universe are here by design or by creation. There is a little doubt about the existence of God. He does exist. And if he exists. He is the creator and. If he is the creator. It me. He created you. Let's pray. Heavenly Father. Help are on believe. Help us to see clearly. We pray in Jesus' name amen. Hi everyone. May I ask what's in your medicine cabinet and hopefully you are eating a wonderful array of vegetables and fruits. And they are protective of your good health. When you're eating well guys. Amazing plant bounty. We can expect to not get sick with colds and flus as often as other people do. But every once in awhile. We might become to some virus or bacteria that's out there. That's when you need to have really helpful. Natural remedies. On hand. Here are four of my recommendations. Activated charcoal. Has been in use for over three thousand years for health and healing. Made from wood. Vegetables and other materials. Is able to attract and bind many harmful substances. It is awful amazing at filtering talk sins. In some poisoning situations. Activated charcoal. Is highly beneficial. And then garlic. It's remarkable for its antibacterial and antiviral property use. Feel a cold coming on. Nip it in the bud by boiling too close of garlic and two cups of water for around ten minutes. Drink this tea throughout the day. Ginger has been proven to be very effective in alleviating the unsettling symptoms of motion and seasickness including dizziness nausea vomiting and call sweating and lemons. They are famous for their strong and to bacterial antiviral and immune. Boosting powers has a recipe that can use chills and fever pensions added juice of one them into a cup of hot water with honey. And drink at once and then every two hours until the fever or chill some fives. I hope you'll add the suggested superheroes to your medicine cabinet. Along with fruits vegetables and especially the dark leave the Greens pasta you next time. Dear friend I would like to help you in your journey to discovering gods exist. Let's offer for free today the Discover Bible guides which will. Such you out on a journey to see if God exists and help you develop a relationship with him. Another offer I'd like to give is that for the book beyond imagination. For any size donation we would be happy to send that to you. Here's the information you need to get today's officers to request today's offer just logon to W W W dot. It is written canada dot ca. That's W W W dot. It is written canada dot ca for Canadian viewers. The offer will be sent free and postage paid for viewers outside of Canada. Shipping charges will apply. If you prefer. You may call toll free at one eight hundred eight call I.I. W.. Or if you wish. You may write to us at. It is written. Box twenty ten. Our show Ontario. L one H seventy four. Dear friends. Thank you so much for watching. Please join us again next week. Until then remember. It is written. Man shall not live by bread alone. But by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

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