Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Too Much Faith

Some Things Require Too Much Faith to Believe

Written by Dr. Bill Bagents

We all know that nothing comes from nothing. It takes way too much faith to believe that the universe is self-creating. It takes almost as much faith to believe that matter and energy are eternal. Everything we know tells us that energy dissipates, that or-dered systems tend to move toward disorder. Only an eternal, uncaused creator actu-ally explains the origin of the universe.

We all know that life doesn’t come from non-life. Modern biologists don’t believe in abiogenesis, that living organisms arise from non-living matter—except for what must have happened in the beginning. According to evolutionary theory, life began from non-life. There’s no other choice within the realm of science. [I know this isn’t really within the realm of science, but science still claims it. Science claims it because the only alternative is divine creation – God.] Thus, the argument regarding abiogenesis is, “It happened then, but it doesn’t happen now. It can’t happen now, because it’s impos-sible. But it must have happened then, because there’s no other scientific explanation for the origin of life.”

It takes way too much faith to believe that advanced forms of life are a series of acci-dents. Advanced forms of life are too intricate, too complex. From the endocrine sys-tem to the nervous system, so much is intertwined and interdependent. How could natural selection “select for” hormones that support structures which cannot function without them? Can random mutations, pure chance, explain this? Within the sphere of Darwinian evolution, it must be the explanation. That takes too much “faith” for me.

So many brethren seem to be retreating from the biblical account of creation. Genesis is being labeled as myth, metaphor, or “accommodation to the pre-scientific thinking of primitive man.” Jesus didn’t retreat from the biblical account of creation (Matthew 19:1-6). Paul didn’t retreat from that account. (Acts 17:24, Colossians 1:15-18). Neither should we. Some things are beyond scientific explanation. Some things belong to the realm of the spiritual. Some things make sense only through faith in the eternal, living God.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the uni-verse was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible … And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:1-3, 6)

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