Entry For Round 3 of "Write an essay about..." contest (705 words)
|The earth was intentionally created with the purpose of sustaining life by a personal being with a supremely intelligent mind and unimaginable power who is immaterial non-spatial and timeless.
This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being.
”Chance” has no chance
Nothing in our universe happened without a super-powerful a and super-intelligent “person”. He is a person because only persons can make choices and this person chose to create something from nothing. An impersonal “force” can’t make choices. I’m using the pronoun “he” simply for convenience. Some scientists claim that the “nothing” from which the universe came was a quantum vacuum. This is not “nothing”. Aristotle defined nothing as “that which rocks dream about”. “Chance” and “impersonal forces” can create nothing useful, no matter how much time you give them. Things left to themselves tend toward greater disorder. The “chance” of nature coming about by the process Darwin described is even less than the likelihood of each of 100 modern college students doing every reading assignment without complaint and eagerly completing all their papers or reports before the professor’s deadlines. It simply can’t happen.
Designed to sustain life
If even one of a host of physical properties of the universe had been different, stars, planets, and galaxies would never have formed. Life would have been all but impossible. The environmental parameters we need for survival or even existence are extremely narrow. With too little oxygen in the atmosphere, we’d suffocate and with too much, fires would erupt spontaneously. Atmospheric transparency determines the amount of solar radiation reaching the earth’s surface. It’s pretty obvious what would happen if there were too little or too much of the sun’s radiation reaching us. If the gravitation effect of the moon or the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were altered, life on earth would be impossible. Here are a few examples of the precise conditions needed for a life-sustainable universe:
Gravitational constant: 1 part in 10^34
Mass density of universe: 1 part in 10^59
Expansion rate of universe: 1 part in 10^55
Cosmological constant: 1 part in 10^120
Function, complexity and order
In nature we find order, functionality, patterns and interdependent systems which are evidence of intelligence and purpose. Whether you’re looking through a telescope at nature in the sky or through a microscope at nature in the waters of rivers and oceans, on the ground in the myriad diversity of plant and animal life, there is intricate order, awesome beauty and interdependent complexity. Often a single item has multiple purposes. Skin has the following functions: protection, sensation temperature regulation and water resistance among others. The survival functions of plants are mostly in its leaves. These include: light and carbohydrate absorption needed for photosynthesis, cooling the plant through water transpiration, food storage, release of excess heat through forced convection and self-cleansing. Both colour and mathematical patterns are found in nature. Pattern types include: symmetry, fractals, spirals, and Fibonacci sequences. We can see patterns in zebra stripes, leaf veins and honeycombs, to name a few examples.
It was Kepler who noted that on many types of trees the leaves are aligned in a pattern that includes two Fibonacci numbers. Starting from any leaf, after one, two, three or five turns of the spiral there is always a leaf aligned with the first and, depending on the species, this will be the second, the third, the fifth, the eighth or the thirteenth leaf. ... Another simple example in which it is possible to find the Fibonacci sequence in nature is given by the number of petals of flowers. Most have three (like lilies and irises), five (parnassia, rose hips) or eight (cosmea), 13 (some daisies), 21 (chicory), 34, 55 or 89 (asteraceae).
All of this pales in comparison to the creator’s masterpiece: humankind. Psalm 139:14 says: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” The creator’s purpose in forming the earth was to give us a home that is not merely functional but beautiful. What then was his purpose in creating us? If the earth has a purpose, isn’t it logical to conclude that so must we?
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