SUNDAY THINK ABOUT THIS: The Insurmountable Odds Against You Being Here By Chance

“The first question smart gamblers ask is, ‘What are the odds?’ There’s good reason for it; playing the odds gives them the best chance at winning.

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“However, the odds for many things we see in our universe coming into existence without any intelligent input or intentionality are so mind-numbingly improbable it requires an irrational dose of blind faith to even consider them.

“How mind-numbing, you ask? I’ll give just one brief example. Take living cells and the biological proteins that compose them. If we consider just one simple living cell consisting of only 250 short proteins, and those 250 proteins each consist of only 150 amino acids (they can consist of up to 30,000 amino acids), the odds that these 37,500 amino acids (250 proteins X 150 amino acids) could all arrange themselves into a sequence where the cell could actually function is only one chance in 10 to the 41,000th (that’s a one followed by 41,000 zeros.

“That’s a lethal problem for atheism. Even if the universe were 14 billion years old (that’s the oldest estimate even the most ardent atheists give it), there hasn’t been nearly enough time for 10 to the 41,000th attempts at anything. Not by a long shot! And that’s only one example out of countless others we could offer.” — Tom Hammond, What Time Is Purple, pps 16-17


 

Author: Mark Tapscott

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland. Go here: https://hillfaith.blog/about-hillfaith-2/

15 thoughts on “SUNDAY THINK ABOUT THIS: The Insurmountable Odds Against You Being Here By Chance”

  1. It is insurmountable odds that living cells came from YHWY, Jehovah, Jesus, Allah, Vishnu, or any other being the source of all life in the universe.

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  2. It doesn’t take a genius to see the elements that bond and repel in their natural state find equilibrium. It’s a much more likely scenario than a god who can’t be explained any further than an ignorant guess. The universe is a brute fact and over the billions of years the earth has peopled from time to time as shown in the millions of year fossil record.
    God did it just kills discovery. Claiming a secret knowledge of how things were done, without the knowledge part, of course.
    Now I have had glimpses of this life force of the conscious universe, and it ain’t Jesus. But, who takes the time to look without their mind already made up?

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      1. You’d be hard pressed to prove there was ever nothing. There are theories out there, but seeing that everything is connected, what you’d call spiritual and physical are intertwined manifestations of the same thing. There is no difference. The universe is a happening. If I can simply put into words, we constantly are seeking some power outside ourselves, but we are all just reference points on the whole organism, every point as much of the center as any other. How could you ever identify the source of consciousness when you are a drop in the oceans of it. It is so inherently us we can not grasp it but merely glimpse it from time to time.
        You may ask why? Why do we come here from there to experience a slightly more physical existence (by .000001%)? Here’s how it plays out.
        This existence is bookended by two unknown voids. We can’t remember before nor know what is after. Since I cannot, not be, I am therefore infinite and eternal. What could an all knowing and all intelligent collective consciousness do for eternity to relieve the boredom of trillions of eons of existence? What is the one thing that would excite you over and over again? Entering into a realm of not knowing. I’m sure this game gets us every time. When we die back to life Bam! What a rush it must be. This also solves the problem of evil. All the stress and worry of not knowing, the starvation and trauma and seemingly important death and dogmas, is a friggin game we’ll gladly ride for the thrill.

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  3. Jim, I would be no more hard-pressed to “prove” there was nothing material prior to the universe than you to “prove” existence “is bookended by two unknown voids.” Thus, in the final analysis, you are also a man of faith. So the question then is which of our respective faiths is most reasonable, given logic plus scientific, archeological and historical evidence. So, how do you explain the empty tomb of Christ and the 500 witnesses to His post-death appearances?

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  4. I’d explain it the same way I’d explain Harry Potter waving a non-existent wand, and shouting, ‘Petronus!’ Somebody wrote it down, who hoped that you’d buy into it. 😳
    Re; your 1, with 41000 zeros behind it. It didn’t have to go all the way to the last zero to be successful. It might have happened on the first – or the tenth – or the thousandth time. And all the attempts need not be sequential. In Earth’s reported early ages, the chemical soup in the oceans was thick, and there were tens of thousands of lightning strikes PER DAY, , which might have catalyzed primitive life.

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  5. In the beginning, if the scientific and mathematical evidence is valid, 13.8 Billion years ago, ‘The Big Bang’ allowed a hyper-dense singularity, containing all matter, to expand and become the Universe of today.
    If geological research is correct, the Earth came into existence about 4.5 billion years ago. This leaves over 9 Billion years in-between, twice the time that the Earth has existed, when stars were born and died. Some exploded into novas, and super-novas, fusing hydrogen and helium into the heavier and heavier elements necessary for the rise of life. Eventually, gravitational tides caused some of it to agglomerate, and coalesce into our galaxy, our sun, our solar system, our planet.
    Even then, it took over a billion years for the Earth to cool enough to allow the existence of liquid water, and the chemical soup that life was spurred from. Yes, once upon a time – actually, for a really long time, there was no Earth, no oceans, no soup, no lightning, no life. So what??! There is also no proof – no vague indication, that God did it.

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    1. And where did the matter in the “hyper-dense singularity” come from, or had it always existed? And how do you know either answer other than as a reasonable inference from what you consider credible evidence? What I am suggesting is that your statement “there is also no proof – no vague indication, that God did it” is a statement of faith, not fact. My prayer for you is that the God who created you will now open your eyes to see Him for what He is, not what you prefer Him to be.

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      1. Since “Time” began at the same instant that the Universe bloomed, to ask if matter existed before that point is disingenuous and meaningless. After Stephen Hawking and other scientists researched as far back as they could, their public information statement said that their investigation was blocked by the Uncertainty Principle, several micro-seconds after the actual beginning. They could not break through, to prove or disprove, the existence of a First Cause, but saw no indication of any.
        My understanding: While it is not impossible that an entity beyond space and time created the singularity, and set it in motion, he/she/it/they left no DNA or fingerprints.
        Somewhat later, another group of investigators examined the Universe to establish its characteristics. This was some years ago, and I read it in a print publication, so I have no electronic links to give you. Interestingly, the Universe seems to exist ‘to be observed,’ but they saw no evidence of external forces being exerted on it.
        My understanding: Even if the invisible First Cause (above) exists, It cannot/does not violate its own laws of physics. Whatever it might be, It is not the God who creates miracles and answers prayer.
        Faced with an option between very smart people, whose job it is to find things, who say that they looked, but didn’t find anything, and a group of not-quite-as-smart people who won’t even look, because they already know what they want to find – I’m gonna go with the scientists. This is not ‘Faith!’ Faith is believing in something without evidence or proof. This is reasonable expectation of observable and repeatable actions.

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