Friday, February 1, 2013

How Mathematics Points to a Creator

On my blog the last few days we have been discussing the logical path toward faith that we can help people take toward God. We have already talked about how the incredible level of order in the universe points toward an intelligent Creator. In this post we will discuss how the field of mathematics also supports the concept of a designer.

Mathematicians have calculated that “the mathematical probability of a single cell coming about by chance is 1/10340,000,000.” For those who struggle with fractions that big, it means that it is a fraction of one divided by one followed by 340 million zeros. Even if a single-celled organism did somehow arise from nothing, for it to develop into a complex life form would have required countless numbers of mutations. Any eighth-grade science textbook will tell you that most mutations are negative, not positive. This makes it extremely improbable that a single cell mutated into something more complex. These mathematical facts create extreme diculties for the concept that life arose on its own without an outside force directing it.

The order of the universe and the field of mathematics both lead to the logical conclusion that there is a higher power at work in the universe. But those who refuse to see God in any of these logical arguments ignore rational thinking in their eorts to remove God from their worldview.

Adapted from Dr. Dorsett’s book, Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation through the Small Church, published by CrossBooks, a division of Lifeway Christian Resources.

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