by Babu G. Ranganathan
Being able to explain how an airplane works doesn't mean that there was no designer or maker behind the airplane. Being able to explain how life and the universe works doesn't mean there's no Supreme Designer or Maker behind them. Science doesn’t take away the need for believing in God!
Natural laws may explain how the order in the universe operates, but mere undirected natural laws are insufficient to explain the origin of that order. Even in life, once there is a complete and living cell then the code and mechanisms exist to direct the formation of more cells. The problem is how did life come about when there was no already existing directing code or mechanism in nature.
What about natural selection? Natural selection is a passive process in nature making sure that only the fit survive. Natural selection doesn't produce anything. It can only "select" from what is produced. Natural selection is not an energy converting and directing mechanism, and natural selection only operates once there is life and reproduction and not before.
And what about the stars? Oh, yes, gravity may explain how the order found in the precise courses of trillions of stars is maintained, but gravity cannot explain the origin of that order!
Disorder in the universe is because of chance but the high degree of order can only be rationally explained due to a supreme mind or intelligence.
The scientific evidence shows that the universe is a closed system. We know from the law of entropy in science that the universe does not have the ability to have sustained itself from all eternity. It requires a beginning. But, we also know from science that natural laws could not have brought the universe into being from nothing. The beginning of the universe, therefore, points to a supernatural origin!
Isn't the law of entropy merely an expression of probability? Yes, but the probability is so high and certain that the odds of just one calorie of energy spontaneously defying the law of entropy would be trillions times trillions to one, and the universe is made up of far more than just one calorie of energy!
Science cannot prove that we came about by creation or by chance processes. Both require faith, but educators and students should be free to investigate and make up their own minds as to which position the scientific evidence best supports.
Readers may obtain excellent articles by highly qualified scientists showing how science supports creation at the Institute for Creation Research: http://www.icr.org.
Another excellent scientific site is http://www.creationscience.com
The author, Babu G. Ranganathan, has his bachelor's degree with concentrations in theology and biology and has been recognized for his writings on religion and science in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who In The East". The author's articles may be accessed at www.religionscience.com .
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