My Grandpa Wasn’t an Ape! (Part 2)

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“Give me five good reasons why I shouldn’t believe the Theory of Evolution!”

Reason 1: Because it just doesn’t make sense.

In the world of Evolutionary thought, the Big Bang Theory is the dominant scientific theory about the origin of the universe. Here is how a website sponsored by the National Science Foundation describes the Big Bang Theory.

The universe began, scientists believe, with every speck of its energy jammed into a very tiny point. This extremely dense point exploded with unimaginable force, creating matter and propelling it outward to make the billions of galaxies of our vast universe. Astrophysicists dubbed this titanic explosion the Big Bang. [1]

There seems to be a consensus among Big Bang Theorists that this “titanic explosion” occurred right around 13.7 billion years ago.

Notice what it was that exploded: “a very tiny point”. Georges LeMaitre, the father of the Big Bang Theory, put forth the idea that there was once a primordial atom which contained all the matter in the universe. [2]

So here, in a nutshell, is how the Big Bang went down. This little bitty, teeny tiny, microscopic speck, which contained within it all the matter that now exists in the entire universe, randomly and spontaneously exploded almost 14 billion years ago. And in the explosion of that little bitty, teeny tiny, microscopic speck, the ENTIRE UNIVERSE came into being.

That’s the Big Bang Theory.

Does that make any sense to you at all?

Do you know what would be even easier to believe than the Big Bang Theory?

Let’s say you take a commercial airplane – a 747. You take that airplane apart piece by piece. Every screw is unscrewed. Every piece of metal is taken apart. Every single piece of that airplane is dismantled and placed into a huge pile. Now, in the middle of that pile of airplane parts, you plant an atomic bomb. Then you blow up the bomb. You create your own BIG BANG! Do you know what will eventually happen? All of those airplane parts – after being blown apart by an atomic bomb – will eventually, over the course of time, settle into place, piece by piece, all on their own, randomly and spontaneously, into a fully assembled, fully functioning 747 airplane.

Right?

NO THEY WON’T!! That’s absurd!

But that is more believable than the idea that a little bitty, teeny tiny, microscopic speck of matter exploded in some huge explosion; and eventually, over the course of time, the matter that was densely packed into that microscopic speck settled into place to become the entire universe as we know it today. Every planet, every star, every galaxy, every living organism was created when a little bitty speck of matter accidentally exploded.

That simply does not make any sense.

I’ll tell you what does make sense to me.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning — the first day.

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning — the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. ” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning — the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground — everything that has the breath of life in it — I give every green plant for food. ” And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

That’s the story of Intelligent Design by an Intelligent Designer. Not a haphazard, accidental explosion of some tiny little speck of matter, which just happened, against all odds, to end up forming the entire universe. But rather an intelligent, supernatural, all-powerful, loving Creator who created the entire universe in an orderly manner, and created everything with meaning and purpose.

THAT makes sense to me.

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Image Credit:

  1. Evolution Revolution, by Miss Moon (Vector Free), Creative Commons License.

Sources:

  1. Exploratorium, “The Big Bang.” Last modified 2000. Accessed August 10, 2012. http://www.exploratorium.edu/origins/cern/ideas/bang.html.
  2. WGBH, “A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Big bang theory is introduced.” Last modified 1998. Accessed August 10, 2012. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/dp27bi.html.

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3 thoughts on “My Grandpa Wasn’t an Ape! (Part 2)

  1. Me too! I “see” GOD in every rainbow, every sunset, every mountain-top, every ocean-shore, every field of spring flowers, every newborn baby, and on and on. I would hate having to try to “see” God in a huge pile of airplane parts! Blessed by your name, oh Lord!

  2. You blind old fool. You spend all this time worrying about the big bang because it happened 13 billion years ago? How do you know that the creation of the universe from a single point wasn’t the act of god? Or do you prefer to believe that god created the Earth a few thousand years ago, yet put in place all the infinite evidence of a universe that has been in existence for billions of years? Now, I’m not an atheist, but I certainly will not have some hallucinating band of elders describe what god is when the literacy rate was less than 1%. Religion was simply a tool to control the masses since nobody knew what a cloud was or where rain came from. Unfortunately, it has since turned into the biggest prank in human history. Enjoy your fairy tale. I’m sure the real version of god is shaking his/her head at how feeble our concept of him/her is.

    • Daniel: I welcome dissenting viewpoints into the discussion on my blog, and in fact even encourage such, because the result can be enlightening and even enjoyable. However, I neither appreciate nor encourage comments that are disrespectful, snarky or downright rude, as your “blind old fool” comment above is. Maybe your mother never told you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” She obviously should have. I can respect someone who disagrees with me, even on a topic as important as I consider Creation/Evolution to be. I have a very difficult time, however, respecting – or even taking seriously – someone who cannot seem to engage in dignified discourse but rather reverts to name-calling and arrogant disregard for those who do not agree with his viewpoint. Have a nice day.