Nothing to See Here; Just Some Fun with Numbers –God

How many times has someone told you there is no objective evidence to suggest Intelligent Design of our universe?  How many times have you accepted that assertion?  Did you know it is demonstrably false?  Not only is there objective evidence to suggest Intelligent Design, there’s actually an abundance of it.  Let me show you just two disciplines that suggest there is a Creator.  We’ll start with mathematics and the laws of probability.

Here are the probabilities of several events most people would consider unlikely.  I got them all from simple internet searches, so they have not been sourced here as they are — relatively speaking – common knowledge.  The probability of:

— Being struck by lightning in a year = 1 in 700,000

— Being killed by lightning in a year = 1 in 2,000,000

— Becoming president = 1 in 10,000,000

— Winning the Powerball Lottery = 1 in 175,223,510

— A meteorite landing on your house = 1 in 180,000,000,000,000

— Blindly picking a specific second since the beginning of time = 1 in 432,043,200,000,000,000

— Christ fulfilling just 8 of 700+ prophesies = 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

— Statistical chance of ZERO = 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

— Picking a specific sub-atomic particle from the entire visible universe = 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

— Statistical chance of the universe just happening to be the way it is = 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

NOTE: Does that last number run off your screen?  It should.  This last number, the probability of our universe just happening the way it is, is based on the scientific information available to us in 2006, when there were only 322 known cosmological constants.  Today, there are more than 700.  That means – in reality – the probability is more than twice that shown here.  Also, the chances of Christ fulfilling ALL 700+ prophesies is as or greater than the chances of the universe being as it is.

Now, mathematics is a science, and probability is a subset of this science.  The statistical value of a chance that something cannot just “happen” is 1 in 1050, but the statistical chance of this universe just happening the way it exists is 1 in 10700 .  This means that the chance our universe just happened the way it is equals some 650 TIMES greater than statistical 0!  In other words, there is ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE THE UNIVERSE IS A RANDOM ACCIDENT!

Now, sticking with mathematics but also entering into the realm of philosophy, let’s look at the often excuse for this impossibility: that the universe is infinitely old, or that there are an infinite number of universes.  The idea is, if the universe is infinitely old or there are infinite universes, then one of them will have to be just like ours.  But the problem here is that the universe cannot be infinitely old, nor can there be an infinite number of universes.  This is because things break down when you approach infinity.  Let me show you.

Assume you have an infinite number of marbles and you give them all to me.  Now you have no marbles and I have an infinite number of marbles.

Now assume you have an infinite number of marbles as you give me just the odd numbered ones.  Now we both have an infinite number of marbles.

Finally, assume you have an infinite number of marbles; you keep 4 and give me the rest.  Now I have an infinite number of marbles and you have 4.

Did you catch what just happened?  See if you catch it now:

∞ – ∞ = 0

∞ – ∞ = ∞

∞ – ∞ = 4

You see, in all three equations, you start with infinite marbles, give away infinite marbles, but you get three different results each time.  We could keep going, but the point is this: as you approach infinity, the natural order necessary to maintain any universe would fall apart and you would have no universe(s).

Oh!  There’s one other point here.  If you appeal to an infinite number of universes just to find 1 like ours, you actually create an infinite number of universes exactly like ours – and every one of them is statistically impossible.

So, you see, there is real reason for those who believe in a Creator to believe in a Creator.  It’s not all just unicorn wishes as the skeptic would have you believe.  At the same time, the evidence does speak against the skeptics position.  Sort of like the 180 degree rule, isn’t it?

10 thoughts on “Nothing to See Here; Just Some Fun with Numbers –God

    • Infinity is awesome …

      Of course, in America’s Dewey designed education system, most can’t comprehend the concept of infinity… Purposeful? By design?

      “the elite” believe they can solve an infinite number of problems… When they cannot even comprehend the magnitude of the task …

      Stupid is as stupid does… Or are they more simply described as evil?

      • “Or are they more simply described as evil?”

        Evil is as evil does? I’ll take either one, really.

        On a slightly off subject note, do you have kids? If so, do you home school them? Honestly, in my ignorance, I hadn’t realized progressivism in public education until I started reading about it here at RNL. I went to school in Oklahoma, where progressivism is more implicit and hidden between the layers in public education (given that it is a heavily conservative region) as compared to it being more explicit and obvious in schools here in the Seattle area (where I live now).

        • Libercrite,

          Start looking into Common Core. In Florida, they are starting to push home schooling through an internet based system the State runs. I have a sneaky suspicion that they will eventually try to use this to get their hands back on those kids who are now being home schooled. The State simply cannot stand the existence of citizens that escaped their indoctrination.

          • I’ll check that out, Joe. I’m a ways out from having kids, but I’m already concerned about the future for younger generations, and feeling some what nihilistic about it on bad days.

  1. Speaking of Christianity, for those interested in aquiring knowledge of The Truth regarding the existence of Christ, a very good place to start is Josh McDowell’s “Evidence for Christianity” (Historical Evidences for The Christian Faith). Very powerful argument presented in this book. One of his many books on the existence of Christ.

    • EdwardS,

      Thanks for the suggestion. I just bought a copy and will read it as soon as it comes in.

      I wonder, is it anything like Strobels’ “The case for Christ?”

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