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GOD’s SUDOKU (Part 1)

Originally Published 12/2/2012

Deriving the presence of God in our World and Lives

I have been struck by the growing
number of people who are publicly proclaiming that God does not exist.
From the well known atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins,
and Penn Jillette, to lesser known groups who like to refer to
themselves as “free thinkers.” While their arguments range from high
minded intellectualism to wanton pleasure seeking, they all boil down to
the simple premise that we cannot prove that God exists anymore than we
can prove unicorns or fairies exists. They then point to the plethora
of differing religions which all claim to be the one true religion and
then argue that none can be true. Figuring
out how to make the argument of God’s existence to Atheists can prove
quite puzzling. This series is an attempt to find the a solution to that
puzzle.  

I enjoy working Sudoku puzzles.  They
can be quite challenging. Their design so simple: a block of numbers,
nine squares by nine squares, divided into nine blocks of nine blocks
each, requiring the arrangement of the numbers 1 through 9 in each row,
column, and block so that all nine numbers appear without repeating in
each.  This simple puzzle requires exercises in logic,
eliminating possibilities, identifying possibilities, and using
inductive and deductive reasoning to finally arrive at the only answer
and number which can fit.   

In many ways, finding God by arriving
at the conclusion that He exist is like finding the number which fits
into a particular block on a Sudoku puzzle. And figuring out how he fits
into the rows, columns, and blocks of our lives becomes clearer when we
learn to understand and appreciate the progression and logic of where
and how He fits in.

One of the major premises of Atheism
is that it takes a scientific approach to all aspects of life, including
how life came into existence.  Scientific Atheism believes
that all life has occurred by random chance and natural selection. It
supposes that science has somehow proven that God as Creator cannot
exist. Or, at the very least, scientific method requires that we must
scientifically “prove” God exist before we can acknowledge him.   

So, let’s do some math.

Molecular biologist, Dr Doug Axe, points out that it takes at least 250 proteins for the simplest life form to function.  Each
of these proteins would require the sequencing of at least four amino
acids. He gives the probability of this happening randomly for a single
organism, in a given pool of primordial soup, at 1 in 1 trillion6 (that’s 1 Trillion x 1 Trillion x 1Trillion x 1 Trillion x 1Trillion x 1 Trillion).[1]  It
is important to note that this is the probability for the line-up for
these amino acids for a single organism in a perfect environment. But it
would take at least two to reproduce. The probability of those two
organisms reproducing and then evolving into the millions of plant and
animal species we have on earth today, all living within their perfectly
balanced ecosystems, with their multitudes of sensory capabilities, and
finally developing the human species capable of learning and creating
great technological developments and societies, capable of acts of
reason, kindness, and cruelty beyond all other animals, is even more
incalculable.

But even this part of the equation is
incomplete: let’s also consider the probability of the occurrence of the
environment in which that perfect primordial soup could exist to
support the creation of that first simple organism and its
multiplication and evolution into the current form of our species on
this earth. In looking at the billions upon billions of solar systems in
the universe, what is the probability of a single planet, achieving the
perfect mass and gravitational size and rotation to hold its perfectly
composed and balanced atmosphere and perfect orbit around a perfectly
situated star with the perfect balance of mass, gravitational pull, heat
and stability to hold that planet at the perfect distance to provide
the constant temperature ranges and variables to support life?  In
pondering this question, we must also consider the probability of that
planet having the perfect rotational spin to provide the perfect mix of
daily light and wind speed to provide a perfect range of moisture,
oxygen, and climate for an environment that would nurture life and not
destroy it. If the earth’s rotation were any faster, the winds on the
surface would become so fast they would scour the earth’s surface,
eroding the top soil and permanently clouding our atmosphere with dust.  If
it were any slower, our earth’s surface would experience extremes of
temperatures from prolonged days and nights which would destroy the
daily and seasonal stability required to support life as we know it. 

We must also consider the perfect
rotation of our single moon around this planet we call home and the
environmental stability it provides.  If we had multiple
moons, our ocean tides and atmospheric conditions would be thrown to
minimums and extremes totally changing our environment.  When the moons were are on opposite sides of the planet, there gravitational pulls would create daily tsunamis and sand bars.  When
the moons align, their combined gravitational pull would cause massive
global tsunamis and could rip our precious atmosphere away from the
earth and into the vacuum of space.  If we had no moon, our
oceans’ tides would be much more stagnant, preventing the necessary
churning of oxygen and temperature variables necessary to maintain our
environment.

There are those who consider the idea of an intelligent designer of our eco-system and life to be unscientific.  Many
wish to view the development of life as a random occurrence for which
only science can provide answers and are of the belief that scientific
discovery eliminates the need for, and even the possibility of God. But
scientific discovery and math point to the literal impossibility of life
occurring anywhere in the universe without the presence of a highly
intelligent creator.  

To argue that life on earth was
created by random chance without the presence of a Creator is akin to
arguing that it is possible for a single person to win a dozen of the
world’s national lotteries on the same day without some sort of fix.  (The probability of winning the Power Ball lottery is calculated to be 1 in 175 Million.)  Would any self-respecting scientist make such an argument?   

The Creator is real, and he speaks to us.  His
presence can be felt, and He reveals His identity to us. But each of us
has to work through His Sudoku puzzle to make it all fit together in
our lives.  

More blocks in this puzzle to follow…

[1] Documentary film, “Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed, Ben Stein.
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/expelled-no-intelligence-allowed/

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