Mark Batterson writes a great article on how God’s creating Earth was perfect:
“I keep thinking about one of the opening lines of Earth. The narrator, James Earl Jones, says the earth is perfectly angled to the sun, 23 degrees, to sustain life. Actually, our axial tilt varies from 22.1 to 24.5 degrees. But it really is an amazing thing the way our planet is precariously yet perfectly positioned to sustain life. And there is no margin for error. Planet Earth is 93 million miles from the sun. If we were just 1% closer or further from the sun, the climate changes could disrupt our Eco-equilibrium making Earth uninhabitable. On top of that, our atmosphere is the perfect combination of nitrogen (78%) and oxygen (21%) with traces of carbon dioxide, argon, hydrogen, helium, and other gases. If the oxygen percentage were just a few percentage points higher, we’d be highly flammable.
So here’s the question: is this the result of random chance or Intelligent Design? I know it takes faith either way, but I honestly think it takes more faith to believe it’s all random. Of course, the curious thing is that those of us that believe in an Intelligent Designer or Creator are often put on the defensive as if we’re the only ones operating on faith.
For what it’s worth, Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle once said in an address to the British Academy of Science, "Let’s be scientifically honest. The probability of life arising to greater and greater complexity by chance through evolution is the same probability as having a tornado tear through a junkyard and form a Boeing 747 jetliner." I love that imagery. He calculated the chances of life being the result of random chance as 1 in 10 to the 40,000th power.”
HT: Mark Batterson