|The Foundations of Faith:||Seminar 2|
In this discussion I present scientific facts, and paradoxically, using evolution I will prove that God does indeed exist. Interestingly, in 2010 during his interview to media Dr. Hawking has not explained how did the law of gravity come about. Yes, we know we have all these laws, which are responsible partly or wholly for the process of evolution, yet, we fail to recognize who might be behind them.
God is a reality and we should learn to
live with this reality and hopefully, according to His will. The Bible
discusses creation in simple terms. This is understandable when we realize
who were the prophets through whom the scriptures were written. As far
as we know, none were astrophysicists nor molecular biologists. For us
the important facts about God's creation are written in the Bible. It is
gratifying however that what is written in the Bible is neither contradicting
our today's scientific knowledge nor our fossil records. Finally we must
remember, the Bible does say that God created the world. It does not elaborate
on how He did it!
Our Earth formed 4.54 billion years ago as a part of solar system which was formed out of solar nebula - a disk shaped mass of dust and gas left over from the formation of the Sun. Initially molten, the outer layer of Earth cooled to form a solid crust. Outgasing and volcanic activity produced the primordial atmosphere, and condensing water vapor together with ice, and liquid water delivered by asteroids produced the oceans (see also Gen. 1:1-2).
All planetary and stellar systems
are born from the collapse of dense interstellar clouds. These clouds may
be extremely large and possess angular momentum. If such a huge cloud collapses
to the size of much smaller solar system, the slight rotation at
the level of an interstellar cloud increases dramatically in all planets
of the solar system. The resulting planetary rotation around the Sun therefore
resulted in a periodic illumination of all the planets in our solar system
(see also Gen. 1:3-5).
|Era||Period||Millions of years ago||Major biological events||Biblical record|
|Precambrian||4600||Primitive aquatic life only
Origin of photosynthetic organisms, bacteria, eukaryotic cells, and first invertebrates
|Paleozoic||Cambrian||600||Primitive marine algae, invertebrates, trilobites||Genesis 1:6-7|
|Ordovician||500||Marine algae, invertebrates, first fishes||Genesis 1:6-7|
|Silurian||435||First land appears
First vascular plants on land, expansion of fishes
Expansion of vascular plants, fishes dominate seas, first insects, amphibians move onto land
|Carboniferous||350||Land covered with forests of coal-forming plants, amphibians abundant, first reptiles||Genesis 1:20|
|Permian||280||Forests of primitive vascular plants, expansion of reptiles||Genesis 1:20|
|Mesozoic||Triassic||230||Land dominated by gymnosperms, first dinosaurs appear||Genesis 1:20|
|Jurasic||180||First angiosperms (flowering plants), age of dinosaurs, first birds and mammals||Genesis 1:20,24|
|Cretaceous||130||Spread of angiosperms, decline of gymnosperms, extinction of dinosaurs||Genesis 1:20,24|
|Cenozoic||Tertiary||65||Dominance of the angiosperms, rise of modern mammals and insects, primates||Genesis 1:20,24|
|Quaternary||2.5||Rise of herbaceous plants, hominid line leading to Homo erectus||Genesis 1:26|
|200000 years ago||Homo sapiens - mtDNA analysis confirms existence of Eve, a single woman ancestor of today's humanity||Genesis 1:26; 2:7|
We know the composition of bodies of all higher organisms. They are made of organs, tissues, and cells. The major constituent of all cells is water (80%), macromolecules and smaller molecules which in turn are all made of individual atoms (elements).
There are 14 elements which all living matter is made of : H, C, N, O, P, S, Na, Mg, Cl, K, Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn. All of these elements are freely available in the soil and water around us! Thus from dust we came, into dust we shall return! And indeed, we are formed from the soil of the ground.
As the evolution progressed, in late Quaternary the primate line was split into a hominid line of apes. The hominid line today is divided into two families. Family Pongidae (apes) and the Family Hominidae (humans) We know that evolution works through the process of natural selection and it occurs in all species gradually. In order for a different trait (a change) in an organism to be fixed in the population, an individual has to be subject to the selective pressure of its environment where the change would become somehow advantageous. This change must in turn translate into the individual's increased fitness (more children). We know that such a change had the same mathematical probability of occurring in all the related hominid apes under the given circumstances and environmental conditions. It did occur in only one.
Why were our closely related members of super family Hominoidea (apes such as Chimpanzees, Gorillas and Orantgutans) arrested in their original evolutionary state of development while their hominid cousin was permitted to evolve into a more evolutionarily advanced stage?
GOD does exist - PROOF ONE
|The observed evolutionary development of only one Hominid line into a more advanced evolutionary stage is without the involvement of Higher Power unlikely.|
From mitochondrial DNA analysis of a representative
human sample drawn from individuals around the world, we also know that
all members of our today's society arose from one ancestral "grand mother"
Eve just as the Bible tells us. This is another piece of evidence which
confirms proof one.
GOD does exist - PROOF TWO
|There is NO WAY, that the behavioral trait of searching for GOD could have evolved in Homo sapiens solely through the natural selection, as there is no selective pressure existing in this physical world to instill such genetic trait. Thus GOD's involvement must have been present.|
Needles to say, that GOD did not like the development of paganism. Throughout human history He revealed Himself to humanity through chosen people - "Prophets". Through prophets, He instructed us how to live so we make our lives as pleasant and as meaningful as possible, and we would recognize Him as the only GOD and creator. He also reveals Himself in our private lives through daily events and conversions (St. Augustine of Hippo, Tertullian, and many of us).
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