Did the Universe Come Into Existence by Chance? A Christian Perspective

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What is the scientific explanation for the cause of the universe?  How did the universe begin?  Was it by time and chance?  The origins of the universe have implications on how life was made possible for without any matter, life would be impossible.

The Big Bang

Cosmologist, physicists, and most scientists believe in the Big Bang Theory.  The most recent observations and measurements put the original “bang” at about 13.7 billion years ago.  It was said to have exploded from a point of singularity.  This is the most generally accepted theory there is on the beginning of the universe and the theory that is most widely believed in the scientific community. What existed prior to the Big Bang is purely speculative and completely unknown.  Astronomers have detected noises that emanate from all points of the universe that are sounds of radiation left over from the original bang.  NASA has also detected cosmic microwaves from the farthest reaches of the universe that may be this same “echo” left over from the original Big Bang.  There are no plausible explanations for what caused it to explode and no one can be certain what existed before the Big Bang or what made it go bang.  It is so nonsensical in their estimation of how the universe began that it is hard to take them seriously.

Theologian, author, teacher and apologetic expert R.C. Sproul put it this way. He heard an astrophysicist once say that anywhere from 10 to 15 billion years ago the universe exploded into being.  Dr. Sproul then asked, what was it before it exploded into being – non-being?  If it didn’t exist before the explosion, then what was it that exploded? This is analytically false to say that something just exploded into being, for it was in a state of “being” before it exploded, then it just didn’t explode into being from non-being!  Did it not “be” before it exploded?  What they are really saying is that Space + Time + Chance = everything!  This is actually an equation with no numbers in it.  It is Space (0) + Time (0) + Chance (0) = Everything!  What is sorely missing is the principle of causation.  The law of causality is so fundamental that if I said that the chair you are sitting on, which must have had a beginning, just popped into existence without any cause, you might justifiably think I need a psychiatric assessment and you‘d be right!  If at one time there was absolutely nothing that existed, then nothing would exist today.  Something had to have existed before the finite, singularity of the Big Bang event.

Did the Universe Come into existence by chance

How did the universe begin?

Is Chance a Cause?

In the Science of Thermodynamics, statistical probabilities of spontaneous events are what the renowned evolutionist and scientist Dr. Richard Dawkins uses as a causative force.  He equates the statistical probabilities of spontaneous events as related mathematically, to the degree of order or complexity in the system.  Low complexity requires high entropy or randomness, while high complexity necessarily requires low entropy or randomness.  If we use the example of a china bowl being dropped and shattering as becoming less ordered we can understand what Dawkins is saying.  But what about the higher complexities of the universe and of life itself?  Does it just take enough chances for this to create complexity?

What is chance anyway?  We had a 40% chance of rain in the forecast.  Would the meteorologist really tell us that the chance was the causative factor of the rain?  No!  The wind sheer velocities, the jet stream speed, the relative humidity, and other factors were the cause of the rain, not the 40% chance itself.  Chance can not create anything of itself.  Chance is a non-being.  How much does chance weigh?  What are the properties of chance?  Nothing, that’s what.  Even so, chance appears to be a law to scientists.  When we ascribe chance as a factor we attribute power to it, even though it is really a non-being.  It is literally, no thing…nothing!  The certainty of one thing is that out of nothing, nothing comes. It’s called in the Latin, “ex nihilo nihil fit” or nothing comes from nothing.  Chance as a factor is a myth…it is not a scientific method.  Chance is a shabby tool to use for an “x” factor and chance undermines the science of science.  David Hume said that chance is only our ignorance of real causes.

If you flip a coin, the chances are that half the time it will be heads and half the time it will be tails, but what effect does chance have on the coin?  Does it not depend on how we flip it, the force we used, how we catch it, or if it drops on the floor?  The coin toss is fully dependent upon the variable; the angle at which you flip it, the distance it was flipped, and how it was caught.  The chance is only the probability of it landing heads or tails but it is not the determining factor of how it lands.  It doesn’t make it land heads or tails.  Chance is a mathematical probability. It is an equation at best but an equation without numbers is useless.  Factors (or substance) must be the cause of its landing heads or tails, not the probability.  Chance really means that we just don’t know how something happened.  In other words, we don’t know the cause.

Is Time a Cause?

To those who believe in a Big Bang Theory and the theory of evolution, time is part of the equation.  Time itself is said to perform the miracle.  Here’s how it works (theoretically of course):  The impossible becomes possible, the possible become probable, the probable becomes certain, and the certain becomes reality.  So what begins as an impossibility becomes certain…all through the miracle of time.  In other words, what begins as an impossibility becomes certain through the miraculous and the miraculous comes through time.  But what is time really?  What are its properties?  How much does it weigh?  What does it consist of?  Time is not a thing.  Time is not a being.  Time is a non-being.  So you can add time but have you really added anything?  Did time exist before matter?  Was time a causative factor in the creation of the universe? Can time exist without matter?  It would not seem so logically speaking.

Let’s say you dropped a perfectly formed china bowl on the floor.  If you collect these shattered pieces on the floor and drop them again and again, will they become more complex or more ordered?  No.  If I do it enough times and over a longer period of times, will time and chance make it into another china bowl?  Of course not!  To make the shattered bowl more ordered requires much more directed energy input and intelligent effort; therefore, it could never have happened on its own.  Regardless of this fact, some believe that it could. This would directly defy the Science of Thermodynamics.  Low complexity can be served by randomness, but high complexity has a negligible probability of occurring accidentally or spontaneously.

The universe, all physical matter, “represents a highly improbable arrangement of matter and energy, an extremely improbable arrangement by time and chance” says Professor Edgar Andrews of Oxford University.  He continued by saying, “The Laws of fundamental constants of nature give every appearance of being fine tuned to permit the existence of intelligence life on earth (known as the Anthropic Principle).”  Just like the china bowl being repaired by dropping it incessantly over time and by chance it is so highly improbable to ever become more organized and return to its being a china bowl because it is uniquely formed.

A Cause for Every Effect

John Lennox from Oxford University points out in his wonderful God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, “The cause of the universe must have been non-material because if the cause was material – natural, it would be subject to the same laws of decay as the universe. That means it would have to have had a beginning itself and you have the same problem as cycles of births and deaths of universes. So the cause of the universe’s beginning must have been super-natural, i.e. non-material or spirit—a cause outside of space-matter-time. Such a cause would not be subject to the law of decay and so would not have a beginning. That is, the cause had to be eternal spirit.  Furthermore, the cause of the universe had to be incredibly powerful; the sheer size and energy seen in the universe together speak of that power; there had to be a sufficient cause.”

The brilliant physicist, Stephen Hawking, who clearly does not believe in a personal God wrote about the odds against the universe’s incredibly complex in A Brief History of Time saying “It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us.”  Of course he is not attributing the cause of the universe to God but is saying its origin is an enigma to mankind.   C.S. Lewis said, “No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that ‘In the beginning God created heaven and earth.’” Claiming that science rules this out is ignorance masquerading as intelligence.

God as Creator

Recent scientific discoveries have once again demonstrated the glory of God in the heavens. Perhaps the greatest example of this is the discovery of the fine-tuning of the universe. The consequences of this are phenomenal — either one believes that we are incredibly “lucky” or that someone designed our universe.  If you are really desperate to avoid God, you invent the “multiverse theory,” which speculates, without any empirical evidence, that the universe is one of billions of universes that just happen to provide the fine-tuning for life.  The problem is that these fail to answer the ultimate question of what was the cause for the universe or these “billions“ of universes.

The presuppositions and teachings of the Bible are, as we would expect them to be, completely compatible with the practice and knowledge of science. As John Lennox from Oxford University points out, “Far from science having buried God, not only do the results of science point towards his existence, but the scientific enterprise is validated by his existence. Inevitably, of course, not only those of us who do science, but all of us, have to choose the presupposition with which we start. There are not many options — essentially just two. Either human intelligence ultimately owes its origin to mindless matter; or there is a Creator. It is strange that some people claim that it is their intelligence that leads them to prefer the first to the second.”

Those who reject the Creator not only have to believe that matter came into being without any cause; they also have to believe that life itself popped into existence without an adequate cause.  Neither of these propositions explains the origins of matter, the universe, and life.  As I said before, if at one time there was absolutely nothing that existed, then nothing would exist today.  Something had to have existed before the finite, singularity of the Big Bang happened.  Genesis chapter one does quite nicely as God states as a matter of fact, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Psalm 19:1 says, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  Peter also adds, But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water (2 Pet 3:5).  Paul too states the obvious, Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse (Rom 1:19-20). Why don’t we just believe God?  It’s the only logical choice.  We really have no excuse not too.

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Robert June 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Excellent article, Jack. I especially like the reasoning you used to expose the inadequacies of chance. Attributing causal qualities to things like ‘chance’ or ‘luck’ is an attempt to make them into a force which acts upon other things. If one truly believes this, he then must account for their origins also. It always amazes me the amount of energy some people expend to avoid the truth. A truth which, if embraced, would be the best thing that ever happened to them. Once again, you’ve done a fine job bringing to light the weaknesses of these views.

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Jack Wellman June 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Thank you Robert. I truly don’t want to engage in arguments with non-believers like atheists or agnostics because I would love them to come to saving faith in Christ. I only want to use logical reasons for the cause of the One Who creates. God bless you my friend and again, thank you Robert.

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Mabel Jacome June 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Awesome article!!! 🙂 Sometimes we try so hard to be smart, that we sink in ignorance.1Co_1:19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will confuse the understanding of the intelligent.” 1Co_3:19 I say this because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He catches those who think they are wise in their own clever traps.” 1Co_3:20 The Scriptures also say, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise. He knows that their thoughts are worth nothing.” 1Co_1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. He chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. —– Somehow, I think God knew about people like these “smart mad scientists” when He inspired Paul to write these words….lol….:) I love God!!!!

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Jack Wellman June 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Good stuff for sure Mabel. Loved these Scriptures. I can only sigh and think, “There go I but by the grace of God…”

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Chris Martel June 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hello Jack,

As per usual, a very good thought provoking article! What always amazes me is how an alleged scientist can actually believe that this whole thing started accidentally. I was under the impression that a good scientist looks at ALL facts, not just the facts that support his or her personal outlooks, and this is just what is happening. Between the big bang theory and the climate change theory, both of which when viewed objectively belie any pretense that these are finalized theories.
I was taught that a good scientist will reveal and utilize ALL data in order to arrive at the truth.
What appears to be happening is that scientists are no longer objective for a number of reasons, such as, personal beliefs, ie. God is not real, or because a corporation or other organization is footing the bill, ie. don’t confuse us with the facts, we just want to prove our point.
When all the facts are provided regarding the beginning of the universe I believe a vast majority of people will come to the only conclusion that can be made, THIS IS NO ACCIDENT!! Oh, and by the way, regarding Darwin, I still have’nt seen any briefcase toting chimpanzees boarding the 8:10 to Newark!!

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Jack Wellman June 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Thank you Chris. I heard R.C. Sproul had asked the late Carl Sagan about what caused the Big Bang or what came before it and the universe and Mr. Sagan said, “we don’t need to know about that…we just know that it happened.” That saddened me because,as you said, isn’t it the scientist’s job to find causes for effects?

As for Darwin, Darwin’s book revealed so much doubt that he didn’t even seem convinced about his own theory. I am so surprised when they find another alleged “missing link.” How can there be a missing link when the entire chain’s missing?!

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Chris Martel June 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Hello Jack,

re: missing link comment

TOUCHE!!

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David July 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

Excellent article, I want to argue a few points though. Early on in the article, you state that something cannot explode into being from non-being, and I agree. However, the big bang, being a singularity, shares many traits with black holes. If we look at black holes, we see that they actually emit radiation through a process “Hawking Radiation.” Eventually, a black hole will shrink into nothingness after it has converted all its mass and energy into this new mass and energy. Can this not also explain the big bang? If the big bang was a single black hole with the matter of the currently existing universe in it, does that not mean that there was something before the bang itself? I’m not saying I have the answer as to how the process actually played out, I am simply saying that given time, just like a black hole, it can actually be a drawn out process of releasing energy into the currently known universe. This is argued by some scientists as well, that believe the universe expands, stops, then contracts back in on itself, and is called the “Big Crunch” in which it becomes a black hole again (thus an infinitely looping cycle). To your next point, the topic of time. Time is like an ever flowing, forward moving river. It cannot be fought against. With my previously stated point (being that there was something before the big bang occured), can one not assume that given a nearly infinite amount of time (which is possible in this case, for the center of the big bang is a singularity) and thus, an infinite number of chances for something to occur, that something in the black hole can change? Again, there are no definite answers, and it’s all speculation. I am an athiest, however I am a big fan of your articles for they are very thought provoking. And yes, Darwin did not believe in his theory of evolution, however Natural Selection and adaptation is certainly irrefutable. I know i missed a few points, but please respond with your arguments, I very much so enjoy discussions such as this and would like to hear what you have to say. And many thanks for your time.

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Jack Wellman July 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

David, your comment shows me that you are highly intelligent but I must say that Natural Selection produces changes within a particular specie but has never been observed that it produces a new and different specie. Natural selection for example is non-directional or in other words, leads directly to another, new specie. Humans today are taller due to improved nutrition within the last 150 years or so and men who were considered tall in the middle ages at 5 feet 6 inches are considered short today. We have grown taller due to improvements in nutrition but we are still human. Taller but still human. Evolution purports, by definition, to be directional – directional toward a new and different specie. Even so, you make some excellent points in your post but I actually see no physical or conditional properties to time and chance myself. We are presently in a drought but as time goes by we will eventually get rain but the time is not causing the rain. That is up to jet stream velocity, wind sheer, dew points, convective transfers, etc. Do you see why time and chance can not be causative factors sir? Thank you. I still love learning and you provided me with more of what I need to know sir.

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David July 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Well Jack, you are truly a brilliant man, and this is a good counter-point. And my mistake with the natural selection portion, I agree with you, and I dont believe in the theory of evolution from monkeys into man, that does seem too farfetched to me, Natural Selection or survival of the fittest simply means to me that the strong will survive, thus the forced adaptation of a species, and given much time a new species altogether. Now, as to the physical properties of time. As I stated before, it is like an ever forward flowing river. However, it can actually be bent like a tangible thing. If we look at the Space-Time relationship, we see that with gravity, time can actually bend. It does have this single physical property, and cannot even escape gravity. If you place a man on the edge of a black hole for example, there will be so much gravity present that it will take what seems like an eternity to us for him to age. while 5 minutes may pass for him, hundreds of years could pass for us. This is thus proof that time is a tangible, affectable thing, and is often referred to as the 4th dimension of our universe (it has been proven that gravity bends time, and heres a link for further info. http://www.pcworld.com/article/227240/experiment_confirms_spacetime_vortex_around_earth_makes_our_heads_hurt.html). Chance has no given properties like time does, but if you give something an infinite number of chances to happen, it will eventually happen, meaning it does have conditional characteristics. For example, if you roll 5, six-sided dice until u get all 5 dice to show the number 3, it is very unlikely that it will happen upon the first time. However, given more time to make more rolls, you will eventually get the result of all 5 dice showing a 3, thus supporting the conditional characteristics of chance. Chance is not a causitive factor on it’s own, and niether is time, but once both are taken into account, I do believe it very well could be. I am not sure how well I explained it, but I do hope you understand what i mean. In my final support of this, given an nearly incomprehensible lapse of time (thus an infinite number of chances, or perhaps it is a normal cycle like that of rain), a black hole can eventually break down due to its emmitance of radiation, and I believe time is more of the causitive factor than chance, but both would have had to have played a roll. The black hole in this case would be the big bang. Now, I still have much more to learn on the topic, so forgive me if I’ve strayed from the topic at any point during the conversation. Thank you much for your time, I do truly enjoy the feedback. 🙂

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Jack Wellman July 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

David, thank you sir. As for me being brilliant, I shudder to think of myself in this way for even intelligence is a gift of which I am ultimately not responsible for. Now wisdom, that’s a different story.

I know one thing that the universe is so complex that the Designer must be exponentially more complex to even be beyond description…but of course, if I could explain the Designer, or God, then He would not be God. I could not explain what I can not comprehend. My little finite mind can not put into a box what is Infinite. I do see what you mean about the black hole and that makes sense to me. Now the ultimate cause of the universe is what the context of this article was about and I only tried to explain that there had to be, “Being” before something ever was to be. The theory of an eternal universe is illogical in the sense of the Law of Causality and at some point, there had to be something behind what is. Makes my head hurt. I have only attempted, feeble as it may seem, to explain that the universe, of necessity, had to have a cause and that it was not a self-creating universe because if it had created itself, then it must have been in a state of being before it did, so then it could not have truly created itself.

Got a headache yet! LOL That link surely didn’t help…where’s my aspirin!? Thanks John.

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David July 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Ahh, I understand exactly what your seeing. Indeed, it is a great paradox, just as a singularity is within a black hole. I do believe that God hides the naked singularity, forever out of our sight. It certainly is impossible to discern the beginning of time within our own universe, and very well that may be an answer we will never know. Thank you for your time, expect to hear some more from me in the future 🙂

David July 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

err, meant saying, not seeing. My apologies

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Jack Wellman July 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I look forward David to learning more and I feel that you will be a great benefit to me and to this sight sir. May God richly bless you. Like your comment that we may never know the answer to this. Well said David.

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Raoul Duke July 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Jack – I was disappointed with this one. You are using some pretty standard christian arguments trying to refute or denigrate scientific accomplishments. Is that really necessary. Do you think scientists are ignorant or controlled by the devil to the extent that they are intentionally looking for ways to refute the bible? Is that really necessary?

In my opinion the bible is a true wonder – there is nothing like it. But it is not a book about cosmology or biology is it? We all know the bible says that god made the earth stop its rotation to prolong daylight in support of a battle that was occurring. Is that a scientific statement. Do you actually believe the earth stood still? If you don’t and this is some kind of metaphor – how do you know that?

You also commit one of the worst “sins” (quotations used by design here) in quoting hawking and implying that he supports your argument or believes in god. You know that is simply not true and I am disappointed that you would intentionally mislead your readers to the contrary. Why did you do that? Was it really necessary?

If you have read that book then you also know that in the very same chapter from which you took that quote Hawking says this:
“These laws may have originally been decreed by God, but it appears that he has since left the universe to evolve according to them and does not now intervene in it.”

Do you subscribe to that statement as well? Come on Jack – we both know you took a statement out of context and used it to imply something that is simply not true. When atheists do this with bible quotes we justifiably object – we should not do the same in defense of our own side of the story.

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Jack Wellman July 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Thank you Raoul for your comment and critique. I see that you are upset and I am sorry for that but I stand behind what is written. Do we really need to prove that Hawkins attributes the universe to God’s creation? No, most people understand that he doesn’t believe in God or at least one that is hands-on. Stephen Hawking also said about the universe, “In fact, if one considers the possible constants and laws that could have emerged, the odds against a universe that produced life like ours are immense.” Then should I add that of course, the odds all worked out in the end? I am not implying that Hawking supports creation since it is common knowledge that he does not but it is also a fact that he is not antagonist as many others are, like Richard Dawkins. Your quote by Hawkins appears that he is a deist by your quoting him by saying, “These laws may have originally been decreed by God, but it appears that he has since left the universe to evolve according to them and does not now intervene in it.”

What if I were to add a quote by Fred Hoyle who said, “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature.” Do I need to take such a statement out of context? The context is within the body of words. Just like Einsteins “God does not play dice” with most people understanding that he did not believe in a personal God, to our full knowledge anyway.

The Bible is true. It is inerrant. To believe otherwise is simply to call God a liar. That is your privilege. You are playing the game of Pascal’s Wager and there are only two types of results…winners and losers. My chips are all on the table for my eternity for it is a sure thing. God wins in the end.

I see you ignore the rest of the arguments however. What of them? Let us all hear your arguments or reasoning’s for the existence of the universe. As has been said, “the truth sets you free…or it really makes you made.”

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amy July 11, 2012 at 8:54 am

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Hello.

I haven’t received my calling from God, I don’t think and my faith in him is not strong enough. I still have doubt.

I want to see Jesus with my own own eyes which many have experienced. I just want that feeling that he is real.
I really want to find out info on Jesus Christ, as much as I can and come across the evidence which you and many Historians and Arcaeologists witnessed.

If Jesus existed and was the divine like the God from the bible, then my life is in his hand and he chooses for me but if I discover he never existed or was not divine, then my life is up to me and it will only be about living.

I have the following interests and talents and skills:

Singing
Acting
good with emotions
Good with communicating
intrigued by human behavior and natural disasters.
Interested in true events and fiction.
Fascinated by different perceptions of life and different faiths in the world.
Wanting a purpose for life and to know who I am.
Wanting to help the poor, lonely, imprisoned and about to be executed people etc.
I want to make a positive difference in the world like Obama and Princess Diana etc.
I want to learn more about the human mind.
I want to comfort unhappy children.
I want to help save marriages and good relationships.
I want people to care less about houses, markets, money and clothes etc.
I feel like I belong with the animals and the birds and trees etc other than surrounded by furniture, money and drink etc.
I enjoy music, reading books and writing.
I am ok with the rain and snow and love the sound and feel of nature.
I don’t want innocent people to be executed because they were found guilty.
I want to encourage adults with learning disabilities to take control of their lives and stop obeying their parents by doing only want they want them to do.
I want the special needs to be challenged and trained to live independently.
For parents to actually love their children, real love, by paying attention, attending to their needs, showing affection and discipline when they misbehave.
For parents to let go of trying to control their adult childs life out of fear of losing them or them getting hurt in any way.
To express themselves to their adult kids other than shouting, slapping, lecturing or grounding them etc while always acting like Jesus.
To bring joy and hope to people who have no hope and are very sad and lonely etc by giving the example of Jesus and teaching them about the important things in life.
To open up many minds and hearts to idea of a creator.
To find out the truth about life, not follow the crowd and not be fed with lies.
Star in a movie
make a movie and book
star in a music video
have a concert
be a singer songwriter.
Release an album.
appear on the tv and have a show on tv which isn’t based on fashion or food etc.

I would like to learn about seeing and hearing things through imagination and hearing and seeing things which are real but the human eye can’t see.

I have no idea what to do with my life Jack.

I passed the University Access program-me in Bachelor of Arts and have been recommended by the course to attend university this September.

But if I do History and Archaeology then I want to make sure it includes Greece, Egypt and Israel too, all the places mentioned in the bible. I want to hear about it and see the places or artifacts associated with it or them.

Thanks for listening.

I hope to hear from you soon.

PS: I don’t know what God wants me to do and am so lonely even though I love my own company but I miss the sex, companionship, understanding, fun, affection and love of a man and I don’t know what to do about that but I don’t without to be single anymore but I want a man like Jesus.

I don’t know who else to talk to.

Reading the bible isn’t enough for me and my faith is not strong enough. There is still doubt. I want Jesus the holy spirit to touch me for real. They say when you are saved or filled with the holy spirit you will know but I don’t know so I mustn’t be. I have felt love, comfort and peace but that is all. I still see shadows anyway.

Apologies, I didn’t know where to post this.

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Jack Wellman July 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Amy, please don’t give up on me. I have had to work two jobs lately trying to get a Foster Care home ready, plus my janitor job, and I pastor a church too…so really, that’s three! But I will reply in private by email to your concerns. I am sorry it took so look. I will answer this soon. Please forgive me and thank you for your patience.

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amy July 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

poor Jack.

Fair play for defending the bible.
I heard that many Christians agree with Evolution. Is that right?

Job bible prophret says that there is lack of information in Evolution and a friend told me that we are not sets or a selection of origin or something and that he couldn’t really disprove anything out of the bible and that it makes a lot more sense than evolution. Dna can be manipulated according to a scientific experience or experiment and in the book Evolution hoax or something, the author declares that a monkeys DNA does not match a human beings DNA and some Christians say that there is more to Jesus Christ, Christianity and churches and accounts o0f Jesus which have been exterminated and a scientist and christian on youtube video opposing evolution, says that there is much more to evolution which may prove it to be a fraud if we find it but many info including that is prohibited so we may never know. There may be a reason for hiding certain info on Jesus, Christianity and Evolution. This scientist said that all Evolution is, is a mystical, experimental research program and he pointed many flaws which I can’t remember.

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Jack Wellman July 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thank you Amy for your comment. I believe some Christians believe in evolution and I can’t agree with them on it or see why they do. If you could ask Jesus about evolution, would He say He believed in it? You can find His answer in the scriptures. It is clearly obvious that Jesus did not believe in evolution and if you can believe in Jesus, which I do, then let His words prove it to you. Don’t believe me, believe what Jesus says.

In Matthew 19:4-6, He answers the question about divorce from the Pharisees saying, “And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? ‘ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let no man separate.”

So God did not create amoebas after the amoeba kind or single-celled creatures after the single-celled creature kinds. If evolution were true, then Jesus would have not said “He who created them.” I believe Jesus more than a billion scientists.

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phishing4men August 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Chances are nil that the world came into existence by chance. God took care of that question.

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Ravel November 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

“Perhaps the greatest example of this is the discovery of the fine-tuning of the universe. The consequences of this are phenomenal — either one believes that we are incredibly “lucky” or that someone designed our universe”

What is this ‘fine-tuning’ meant to mean? Any life that exists within a universe will only exist if their bodies can withstand the universe’s physical laws – such as general relativity and gravitomagnetism. I believe your argument takes the opinion that the chance of life to evolve by itself to a state that can survive within such strict physical laws is almost infinitely small (correct me if I am wrong)? However, if this is the case, your argument is significantly flawed. This is because if life did develop within this universe, then the only life that will ever exist are ones that can survive within our universe’s set physical laws. It is impossible for life to exist if it does not. Therefore, the chance of life being ‘fine-tuned’, as you put it, is 100%, because no other life would be able to survive.

During the article, causality is discussed. It is stated in your text that if nothing existed before the big bang (i.e. before it ‘exploded’), then nothing exists now. Although commendable, this assumption is flawed because there was no ‘before’ the big bang. According to the the big bang theory, empirical evidence and provable scientific theories show that time came into being just like everything else in the universe during the big bang. There was no time before the big bang so it was impossible for ‘nothing’ to have existed ‘before’ it, because there was an absence of everything for it to have existed ‘in’.

Humans think in logical positivism, and as spacetime and life has a very regular and constant appearance to us in our daily lives, it is incredibly difficult to picture, understand, or comprehend the universe and spacetime in its most abstract state – when it began.

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John B November 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Jack, Jesus has been my whole life, but I am recently starting to lose my Faith in God and I do not know what to do.

I have long believed it would be impossible for the universe to exist without the Creator, but over the past few months I have started to question my beliefs. In the comments above you have struck exactly what I am thinking when you say: I could not explain what I can not comprehend. Maybe as Christians we have used our religion to explain what we cannot comprehend?

I feel sinful for doubting God in this way. Several of my friends have recently left my Church (for good), and they have tried to tell me why they have done so – and this is one of their reasons. Maybe we don’t understand the universe well enough to explain it, therefore we have created a Creator to fill in the gaps. In ancient times, for example, the Vikings had a god called Thor, and he explained lightning (whenever Thor was angry he would throw lightning bolts down from the heavens). We now know that lightning is formed from electrical storms and not from a Norse god called Thor. Is it possible at some point in the future our unanswered questions will be answered by advancement and God and the Bible will be unquestionably false?

And Jack, although I am struggling with my belief, I am still being a good person. I do unto others as I would to myself, as I believe that despite my lapse in Faith, the Bible teaches us all the right way to live.

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Jack Wellman November 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

Thank you John for your honesty. When I went to college, I was more and more convinced that God is real. We know that in the last days more and more will fall away and this is one of the signs. I believe that not only will we see more and more scientific evidence of a creation but of God as Creator. The fact is that evolution is falling more and more out of favor with scientists. Evolution remains an unproven theory and it still has never passed the scientific method of being observed, falsified, tested, repeated, and so it will forever remain a theory.

There is no evidence for example of one single set of transitional fossils showing one specie evolving into another, new specie. We are going to soon publish an article this month on what is called the Cambrian Explosion and this will reveal that the fossil record does NOT support the theory of evolution and in fact, reveals that evolution has not occurred and has no archeological or paleontological evidence to reveal that this is true.

One way to increase your faith is to read the Bible and faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God. Satan hates the idea of a Creator because evolution tries to theorize or explain away the idea of a Creator God. I hope you will read more of our articles on apologetics and find that there is more evidence for a creation and that it takes more faith to believe that everything came from nothing than from the cause of the Creator and the effect of the universe and life.

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Robert November 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hi John,
I hope you don’t mind me jumping in here. Jack is absolutely right in his comment; the theory of evolution is really a bankrupt idea, as serious study will show. However, I would like to address the last couple of lines of your comment.
You wrote, “And Jack, although I am struggling with my belief, I am still being a good person. I do unto others as I would to myself, as I believe that despite my lapse in Faith, the Bible teaches us all the right way to live.” It often happens that the reason we sometimes struggle with doubt is that we have trusted in the wrong thing for our salvation. While it is not bad that you do good things, it is not our good works from which we gain forgiveness of sins…it it our trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. It seems that some of your friends have left the church because they are trusting in man’s ideas instead of the Word of God. This always causes confusion. The Bible says that God is not the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33), so if you find yourself becoming confused, it would be wise to turn away from whatever it is that is confusing you and lean on God. My heart goes out to you, John, I too have struggled at times in my Christian walk. But I guarantee you this: if you will continue to pray, read the Bible, and listen less to the worldly deceptions that abound in this day, God will guard your heart and your mind (Philippians 4:6).
God bless you John.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Tewogbade Adeyanju January 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

ONE CERTAIN THING IS THAT THERE MUST BE A GOD BEHIND ALL CREATION. THE BEAUTY AND THE DESIGN CAN ONLY COME FROM A BEING THAT KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING. THAT BEING MUST BE EXTREMELY AWESOME.

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Gondai Moyana April 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Anyone who who believes in the theory of evolution that supports the idea that everything came into being by by chance, s/he is lacks self respect! I say so because we man was created by GOD in His own image. This “image” should not be confused with the image that a son may look like his father facially and tructurally. The image defined in this context is what defines us as human beings and connects us to GOD.

Jack modelled his smart example of a China Bowl – if it fall from a table to the floor and breaks into pieces – “chances” of the pieces combining themselves on their own to become a China Bowl again are a flat zero! Similarly to this, chances of the rubble of the World Trade Center combining itself to reconstruct the World Trade Center after the September 11 attack are a very big flat zero.
Well, Jack was even “soft” with his example. Mine would go like this: chances of a clay soil moulding itself to make a China Bowl are zero! Neither are there any chances for all the necessay raw material required in building the World Trade Center to combine itself precisely to make up the World Trade Center!

So if we outline this, what then are the chances for this precise universe creating itself? None! Science has ruled out that all the stars and planets in the cosmos are controled by certain natural laws which maintain the planets’ orbits about their respective stars, etc. For example, the duration of the period of revolution of our earth certainly must have something to do with its angular velocity. Obviously, for this angular velocity to remain constant over millions of years, it must be governed by the mass of the earth and its distance from the sun (note that the earth rotates around the sun, 360 degrees in 365 days, meaning that the earth’s angular velocity is about 1 degree per day, or simply 2,5′ per hour). The same applies to other planets: Mercury, Vernus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranius, Neptune, etc, including other planets for other stars. We know of artificial sattelites which are set up in the sky to rotate around the earth in what is known in Physics as Geo-stationary orbit. These sattelites are put above at precise height to rotate at precise velocity. This precise work must be done by qualified Physicists and Mathematicians. Modeling this whole concept to the stellar-planetary system of the universe, we deduce with no doubt that this precise, wonderful and marvellous system must have been designed by a Supernatural, Great and Extraordinary Physicist and Mathetician, who possesses infinite Might! HE is not controlled by what he designed, meaning that HE is not bound to the space-matter-time dimension. While time had a beginning, HE was there before time because HE created time. Our scope of perception is limited to this space-matter-time boundery and nothing else!

It is a stupid mentality that life created itself. Think of the heart, the liver, the eye, the brain – think of the reproductory system. Think of the blood (no industry has ever fabricated it!). Could all this have formulated itself? Surely not! If GOD has created life, that life CANNOT create another life. GOD, the creater and giver of life in the only one who possesses the “skills” of moulding life. The purpose, reason and meaning of life is still an enigma to mankind, but GOD knows.

I sometimes get angry when I hear people saying life is a result of a coincideltal combination of atoms. Well, let me “accept” that this theory is feasible to make thing simple. Even if this complex chemical reaction can take place, chances of that “body” becoming “alive” are zero! This is because that body requires a “soul” or “spirit” to become a living being. In Genesis, the account of the creation of Adam explains that after GOD had created man, HE then “breathed” into him the “spirit of life” and the man became a “living being”. Why did Adam not just become a living being on his own?

For a broader understanding of the above, let me draw a very common example that will enlighten those who need to know: Consider a computer that has just been fabricated. The computer has all the components – monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc – and it’s still brand new. I’m sure that if we connect that computer and power it on, it will NOT function! Why? Simple. This is because no software has been installed on it yet. It needs an Operating System (or programme). Without this, the computer will never work.

Now back to the Adam account, he could not be a living being before called “breathed in” (installed) the spirit/soul (software) in order for Adam to be a living being. GOD has the “softwares” of each and every person in HIS “storage media”. HE can install and unistall whenever HE wishes. HE has unique softwares for every person with unique copyrights. HE never upgraded this software since the creation of mankind.

Nevertheless, man’s technological advancement to explore the universe is not what GOD requires of him. What GOD wants is to be praised. He wants every person, white or black, rich or poor, man or woman, educated and ignorant, strong or weak, to have faith in HIM through HIS Son Jesus Christ. HE wants us to love one another, HE wants us to live peacefully. HE wants us to recognize HIM as the Creater and Possessor of everything, the Beginning and the End. HE was, HE is, and HE shall always be. HE is the Almighty, the Lord of Hosts, the most Powerful and the Giver of Life. HE is HE who sits on the Highest Throne, the most High.

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Michael Hassan April 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Hello I’m 23 years old from England in the UK. Id’e just like to say Thank You very much Jack for providing these fantastic writings, Iv’e been trying to find something to cement my believing in god whilst reading the bible but it never quite hit me until I read what you (and several others here) had to say. I now realize I don’t need to torture myself anymore, It just makes too much sense. Please keep up your motivation and faith because it sets an exemplary example for all.

God bless =).

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Jack Wellman April 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Thank you Mr. Hassan. I am glad you liked this. For more on Christian apologetics and creation, check out this link of ours with much more on God as Creator at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/search/?q=creation%20apologetics

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Ben February 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hi Jack.
A truly fascinating article which helped me very much with my research into science “vs” religion.
I would like to pose you one question.
You mention that matter can not simply come into being, but where does that put god?
If god can just “be”, then why not all of the energy created by The Big Bang?
Regards

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Jack Wellman February 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Thank you Ben. I don’t believe it should be religion verses science but religion and science. The Bible is not so much a book about the heavens as it is about how to get there. The idea that God can be eternal leads us to the idea that maybe the universe is eternal, and, therefore, God doesn’t need to exist at all. Actually, this was the prevalent belief of atheists before the observational data of the 20th century strongly refuted the idea that the universe was eternal. This fact presented a big dilemma for atheists, since a non-eternal universe implied that it must have been caused. Maybe Genesis 1:1 was correct! Not to be dismayed by the facts, atheists have invented some metaphysical “science” that attempts to explain away the existence of God. Hence, most atheistic cosmologists believe that we see only the visible part of a much larger “multiverse” that randomly spews out universes with different physical parameters. Since there is no evidence supporting this idea (nor can there be, according to the laws of the universe), it is really just a substitute “god” for atheists. And, since this “god” is non-intelligent by definition, it requires a complex hypothesis, which would be ruled out if we use Occam’s razor, which states that one should use the simplest logical explanation for any phenomenon. Purposeful intelligent design of the universe makes much more sense, especially based upon what we know about the design of the universe.

The question is better phrased as a statement: “Everything that has come into existence was brought into existence by something else.” This is a more logical statement and is not wrought with the difficulties of the initial question. In the revised statement, “Everything that has come into existence” implies that the thing that “has come into existence” did not already exist. If it did not already exist but then came into existence, then something had to bring it into existence, because something that does not exist cannot bring itself into existence (a logical absolute). This pushes the regression of creators back to what we would call the theoretical “uncaused cause” since there cannot be an infinite regression of creators as discussed above; and since an infinite number of creators would mean there was an infinite number of creations and created things, including things that cannot be destroyed since they would constitute things that exist. If that is so, then the universe would have had an infinite number of created things in it, and it would be full. But it is not full. Therefore, there has not been an infinite regression of creations.

By definition, the Christian God never came into existence; that is, He is the uncaused cause (Psalm 90:2). He was always in existence and He is the one who created space, time, and matter. This means that the Christian God is the uncaused cause, and is the ultimate creator. This eliminates the infinite regression problem.

You ask, essentially, “who created God?” The answer is that by definition He is not created; He is eternal. He is the One who brought time, space, and matter into existence. Since the concept of causality deals with space, time, and matter, and since God is the one who brought space, time, and matter into existence, the concept of causality does not apply to God since it is something related to the reality of space, time, and matter. Since God is before space, time, and matter, the issue of causality does not apply to Him.

Does this answer your question Ben? Thank you sir for your question.

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Ben February 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

Thanks Jack very much for your answer. It has proven very helpful in my research.
Regards

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Jack Wellman February 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

Thank you sir for your kind response. I appreciate your having a hunger to know more about God.

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