Same As It Ever Was
by PastorErick | 8/22/17, 7:49 AM
Today’s argument for the reasonableness of belief in God is related to last week’s “fine-tuning argument”, but just a little bit more specific.
On any given day we take hundreds of little things for granted about our universe. Without thinking about it, we live with certainty that the laws of gravity will not suddenly change. Without thinking about it, we know that the earth will continue to rotate in the exact same way it always has. I could go on with the numerous other examples of “constants” that we take for granted, but you get the idea.
Here’s the question for those skeptical of Design: If the universe is an unguided, random bunch of chaos (which one has to believe if everything is a result of unguided processes), how can there be any predictability at all to the universe? I mean really, how can one be certain that the gravitational force that exists today will be here tomorrow?
The natural answer of course is to say, “Well it’s always been that way.” I would agree, and that might be powerful evidence for it being that way tomorrow, but how can one be sure? The truth is, we can’t. We have to take it on faith. Faith in what though? It seems to me there’s basically two options:
- Faith in Chance- Yes I purposely capitalized “Chance”. I’m not trying to be facetious or snarky… It simpy is what it is. If the universe is a collection of random, unguided particles that just happened to come together in such a way as to create these constants for life to exist, then “Chance” cannot help but be deified. However, if you choose this route, remember there is no evidence for such a thing as “chance” actually existing at all. It is, after all, by definition, not an entity.
- Faith in an actual Divine Being- When looking around at the order of things, a rational answer is to say that Someone must have ordered it that way. That Someone must be some sort of Being far beyond space/time, who was powerful enough to set things up the way they are.
Now again, like in other days that we’ve discussed the various reasons for God’s existence, one can always choose to avoid this conclusion on somewhat rational grounds. They can simply say, “We don’t know why nature has regular patterns, it’s simply a mystery.” There’s nothing inherently wrong or irrational with declaring something to be a mystery. But beyond that, it seems to me the most rational answer for the regularity of things is God.
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