Sunday, October 9, 2011

Examined Christian Faith 'A Watch on the Beach' Part 2.2 What is Christianity

If you found a watch on the beach, would you assume that it just evolved there by happenstance?  I don’t know anyone who would.  However, there are many who claim that everything you see, hear, say and do is just a result of chance, that it all just happened to evolve this way.  So here are just  some thoughts of just a few of the things that just happened to fall into the exact place they needed to for you to exist:

Gravity is roughly 1039 times weaker than electromagnetism.  If Gravity had been 1033 times weaker than electromagnetism, stars would be a billion times less massive and would burn a million times faster.

The nuclear force is 1028 times the strength of gravity.  Had the weak force been slightly weaker, all the hydrogen in the universe would have been turned to helium (making water impossible).

A stronger nuclear force (by as little as 2%) would have prevented the formation of protons – yielding a universe without atoms.  Decreasing it by 5% would have given us a universe without stars.

If the difference in mass between a proton and neutron were not exactly as it is – roughly twice the mass of a electron – then all neutrons would have become protons or vise versa.

The earth is just the right distance from the sun.  Adjust it just 2% and life on earth would not be possible.  Two percent farther and water would freeze, 2% closer and water would evaporate to quickly.

Jupiter is just the right size and positioned in just the right place so that it acts as a large vacuum protecting the earth from comets and asteroids that would otherwise strike the earth.

Earth rotates at just the right speed.  A few percentages slower and the temperature changes between night and day would be too great.  If it rotated quicker, wind velocities would be too great and have destructive effects.

The earth tilts at just the right angle.  If the tilt were greater or less, the surface temperatures would be too great.

The moon is just the right size, so its gravitational pull stabilizes our axis tilt and creates wave activity so that sea waters are cleansed and replenished.

We have just the right oxygen quality in the atmosphere.  If it were greater, plants and hydrocarbons would burn up.  If it were less, animals would have to little to live on.
The earth is just the right size with the right surface gravity.  If it were greater, the planet’s atmosphere would retain too much ammonia and methane.  If it were weaker, the planet’s atmosphere would lose too much water.

The earth has just the right tectonic activity.  If the activity were any greater, too many life forms would be destroyed.  If there were less activity, nutrients on the oceans floors would not be recycled.

The earth’s crust is just the right thickness.  If it were any thicker, too much oxygen would be transferred from the atmosphere to the crust.  Any thinner and the volcanic and tectonic activity would be too great.

The earth has just the right carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere.  If it were greater, we would have a runaway greenhouse effect.  If it were less, plants would be unable to maintain efficient photosynthesis.

In regards to DNA, 1200 to 2000 letters (or bases) are needed to build one protein. The  probability of the right amino acids forming the precise sequence needed to form one protein molecule is 1 in a hundred thousand trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion (that’s a 1 with 125 zeros behind it).  Yet a minimally complex cell needs between 30 and 500 protein molecules.   However the human genome is three billion letters (or bases) long. 

Really? 'all of this just happened', but not the watch on the beach... talk about faith

This information is contained in the book "Unless I See... Is There Enough Evidence to Believe"  by Patrick Zukerran.  It is worth your time and money to read.

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