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in East Leake Village Hall

The puzzling question

“THE UNIVERSE is 14 billion years old. The earth is 4.6 billion years old. That’s a very long time…”

“However improbable we regard this event [the origin of life], or any of the steps which it involves, given enough time it will almost certainly happen at least once.”
Prof. George Wald (a Nobel Laureate) of Harvard University on ‘The Origin of Life’, Scientific American, Vol 191 (2) Aug. 1954, p. 48

“Human beings exist because of change and variation over millions of years. This must have happened – we are here to prove it. We came about by undirected natural events involving matter, energy and time. There’s no need for an ‘intelligent creator’…”

Are we sure?

The book that nobody wrote

Let’s use our common sense. Imagine there are no people around – nobody to design and create anything – just matter, energy and time.

How many millions of years would it take for a book to come into existence?

How long to get paper?
How long to cut it into identical sheets?
Then to fold them neatly and fasten them with staples or glue?

There is more to a book than its shape and pages. A book contains information. Think of a recipe book with information and instructions for making lots of different meals.

The information is carried by ink on paper.
Does the information come from the ink or the paper?
The information is arranged in letters, words and sentences.
How long would it take for the letters, words and sentences to arrange themselves randomly into the correct spelling and order for the whole book?

For a recipe book what is needed?:
An intelligent cookery expert able to communicate instructions to the readers.
Do the natural forces and materials of the earth have expertise to give instructions about making meals?

Even if we have never met the author, we have no problem believing that he or she is the creator responsible for the book.

One Hundred Trillion Recipe Books

Is a book easier to make than a human being?
Our body is made up of about 100 trillion cells (100,000,000,000,000 cells).

Using our finest scientific analysis, we discover that in the nucleus of each cell, lies a ‘recipe book’ of information / instructions equivalent to about 60,000 A4 pages. These instructions are for making and maintaining all the different parts and functions of our body and mind.

“There is enough information capacity in a single human cell to store the Encyclopaedia Britannica, all 30 volumes of it, three or four times over.”
Richard Dawkins, 1986. The Blind Watchmaker, W W Norton & Company, New York, p. 115

The information is written on the DNA in the cell nucleus. DNA is a molecule made of atoms of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and phosphorus.
Without this information, human beings could not exist. The instructions are followed when the egg is fertilised and all the time we are alive. If the information is no longer followed, the cells do not function correctly – eventually leading to death.

How could the information be written in each cell?

Answer 1. By undirected, random changes in materials and energy over time – no know-how needed.

Answer 2. By God our creator who has the knowledge and ability to create us and keep us alive.

Which answer is more reasonable?

Here is

The Puzzling Question:

Why do we readily believe in human designers/authors but are reluctant to believe in God

– in spite of the overwhelming evidence?

A clue to the Puzzling Question’s answer:
For many of us, Answer 2 presents a dilemma:
“If I’m honest, No 1 is plainly wrong. But I prefer it to No 2. I don’t like No 2 because it indicates that there is a God. And that would be an unwelcome intrusion into my life.”

The full answer to the Puzzling Question is explained in the Bible (the book given to us by the God who created us). The Bible shows that we are biased against God.

We want to run our lives without him. We may believe in a god of our own invention but not in God as he really is. The Bible says we are willingly blind to the obvious!

Facts are facts – even the ones we don’t like. Are we prepared to face up to them? The evidence for our creator is obvious – all around us and inside every cell of our bodies.

Or would we rather bury our head in the sand?:
“No-one can ever know. I see no evidence for a creator. Show me some!”

Hard questions

If God is so good at passing on information, why doesn’t he speak to us?
He has spoken to men and women throughout history.
He speaks continually by the evidence of his creation.
In addition he has spoken verbally to chosen men and women. We have an historical record of this in the Bible, which was completed in its final form during the first century AD.

Why doesn’t God come to planet earth and show us who he is? (Then we would believe in him.)
He did come to earth about 2,000 years ago. He came in human form: “Jesus Christ, the Son of God”. The record of his life is in the Bible. We can read about how people reacted to him, how he died, rose from the dead and returned to heaven. God is not dead!

Why do many scientists not believe in God?
The Bible explains why – as we have seen. (Actually, many PhD-level scientists do believe in God and find it enhances their ability to study the natural world.) (1)

Why is there so much death and suffering?
Can we know our creator?
Is there life after death?

The Bible has a lot to say in answer to these questions.
The brief answer to the last two questions is YES.

It also warns that one day we must meet the One whom we willingly ignored. “Man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment.” (Hebrews 9 verse 27)

But before that day comes we have opportunity to be forgiven for our arrogance. Jesus, the Son of God says, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5 verse 24)

Jesus Christ (God in human form) who came into the world around the year 1 AD says: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies…” (John 11 verse 25)

Why not get a bible or access one online? Start reading about Jesus Christ in the New Testament section. Ask God to help you.

Please get in touch today to find out more, or why not come along? You would be most welcome at our regular Sunday services at 10:45am & 6:15pm in East Leake Village Hall. See What’s On for full details.

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