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Maker of Heaven & Earth

Robert C. Newman

Abstracts of Powerpoint Talks


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Introduction

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  • "I believe in God, the Father Almighty,maker of heaven and earth…"

  • So begins the Apostles' Creed, a very early formulation of historic Christianity.

  • Anyone who has read the Bible knows that this is what it teaches also.

  • Yet today this belief is widely rejected, especially among people who consider themselves to be well-educated.

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Carl Sagan on the Cosmos

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  • For instance, Carl Sagan, in his acclaimed PBS series "Cosmos," begins his presentation with these words:

  • "The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be."

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Introduction

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  • I have studied science for a number of years myself (I have a PhD in theoretical astrophysics), and I believe in God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

  • I think there are good reasons for believing this.

  • That’s what we want to discuss here.

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Introduction

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  • I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth because:

    • The existence of God explains the nature of the universe;

    • The existence of God explains the nature of living things;

    • God said so.

  • Let's have a look at these three reasons.

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God's Existence Explains the Nature of the Universe

Abstracts of Powerpoint Talks


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The Universe Today

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  • We currently live in a very large universe, which is billions of light-years across.

    • A light-year = about 6 trillion miles.

  • This universe is in the process of expanding.

    • The galaxies are obviously moving apart, and we think that is because space is expanding.

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The Universe Back Then

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  • The universe was once (early in its history) very dense and very hot.

  • We can tell this by extrapolating backwards in time, and by observing remnants of its early history:

    • The cosmic black-body radiation

    • Galaxy-counts and early galaxies

    • Recent evidence that the universe is expanding more rapidly now than earlier

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Is the Universe Oscillating?

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  • Until the 1990s, this was widely favored as the way to avoid a beginning, e.g., by:

    • Isaac Asimov

    • Carl Sagan

  • This now appears to be impossible:

    • Looks like universe will expand forever

    • Looks like a collapsing universe would not bounce to shift into an expanding mode

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Is the Universe Just a Bubble?

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  • A recent alternative to a universe with a beginning is to claim that our universe had a beginning, but it is just a bubble in an infinite universe with no beginning.

  • This cannot be ruled out with our finite human knowledge, but neither do we have evidence for this hypothetical unseen universe outside ours.

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Recent Cosmology

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  • The history of cosmology in the 20th century has been one frantic attempt after another…

    • … to avoid a universe with a beginning

    • … in the face of mounting evidence that this is just the sort of universe we live in!

  • A universe created at the big bang fits known data better than the alternatives.

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A Fine-Tuned Universe

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  • In recent decades, physicists and astronomers have noted that the universe also looks designed.

  • The basic forces are finely-tuned to permit life in our universe.

  • Our own environment here on earth may well be unique in the universe in allowing advanced life.

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Recap

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  • So I believe in God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth…

  • … because the universe looks like it was created.

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God's Existence Explains the Nature of Living Things

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Origin of Life

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  • Bible-believers disagree on the age of the earth and whether God used evolution as a part of his creative activity.

  • But people who believe that life arose by chance, by purely natural, undirected processes, face insuperable problems.

  • Let's see.

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Simple Life

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  • Even the simplest known life is very complex:

    • Information content of E. coli bacteria = ~4000 sets of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

    • The minimal complexity of the simplest known organisms are about 1500 gene products (proteins, etc.) for those which can live independently and about 500 for parasites.

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Producing Order

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  • It is very hard to produce organization by random processes.

  • Consider the problem of getting trained monkeys to type the words "ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA"

    • Typing at 3 characters/sec on special monkey-proof typewriters using only capital letters and standard punctuation

    • 30 billion billion billion monkey-years!

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Producing Order

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  • Consider the problem of forming a simple specified protein:

    • 100 linked amino acids

    • Using the 20 standard amino acids

  • Imagine that all the nitrogen in the universe is tied up in 100-link amino acid chains, each of which trade partners as fast as the amino acid can move a short distance at standard temperature & pressure.

  • There is only one chance in 1028 that the specified protein would be formed in the entire history of the universe!

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Producing Order

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  • By contrast, minds can produce order very easily (in spite of the college roommate you may have had).

  • So the Christian model, that God produced the order seen in living things, is a model that is known to work.

  • There is no evidence that the atheistic model of randomness will work.

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Recap

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  • So I believe in God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth…

  • … because the universe looks like it was created.

  • … because living things look like they were created.

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God Said So

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God said so

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  • Is this just an appeal to blind faith?

    • Like the statement "God said it, I believe it, that settles it!" is so often claimed to be?

  • No, blind faith can be very dangerous.

    • A leap in the dark might land us in the wrong place.

  • But believing what turns out to be true can be very advantageous, even if our reasons weren't very good.

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The importance of this point

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  • When we say we believe in God the creator because he said so, the point is that this belief is not just an inference, but it is the result of a communication from God.

  • Many people believe in extra-terrestrials, but the evidence would be more conclusive if these beings made a public appearance on the White House lawn.

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Which communication?

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  • But the human race has many who claim to have received divine revelation…

    • Muhammad

    • Joseph Smith

  • How do we know which (if any) is right?

  • We try to make this decision by looking at the evidence.

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The evidence

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  • The Bible provides excellent evidence that it is what it claims to be – communication from the Creator

  • See the many materials on our IBRI website: www.ibri.org.

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An outline

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  • Historical evidence:

    • The phenomena of Sinai

    • The phenomena of Jesus

  • Prophetic evidence

    • Jesus: see our PP talk "Jesus, the Testimony of Prophecy & History"

    • Israel: see our PP talk "Israel, Evidence of God in History"

  • Personal evidence

    • Lives transformed by knowing the Creator

    • Societies transformed by Christianity

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Summary

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  • The worldviews we call atheism and secular humanism are purely inferential (with some bad inferences).

  • They ignore important problems.

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Recap

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  • So I believe in God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth…

  • … because the universe looks like it was created.

  • … because living things look like they were created.

  • … because God said so.

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Conclusions

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  • We as Christians certainly do not know all the answers…

    • … but God does!

    • … and we need not be ashamed to believe in the God of the Bible, maker of heaven and earth.

  • Do you know him?

  • May we live for him in such a way as to draw others to him.

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The End

… is just the beginning if you know your Creator.

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