"In the Beginning, God..."
Apollo 8 was the first manned mission to the moon. As they entered the orbit they conducted a live broadcast back to earth. Jim Lovell had this to say, "“The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth.” The astronauts then read to those on planet earth from the word of God, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth...." There belief in God as creator was unquestioned. For them, seeing was believing!
The basic premise of evolution is that this all happened by chance.
Chance – is something that is irregular and very erratic. Winning the lottery would not be something you regularly do.
Design – is something that is highly specified yet unpredictable. When I was a child I owned a bb gun. I shot the tin roofs on barns, old bottles, pine cones and especially little frogs who emerged from green ponds for a breath of air.
I was fortunate enought to see The Old Man in the Mountains in New Hampshire before the natural structure collapsed in May of 2003. What a great loss for the state of N.H. Wind and rain and the forces of nature formed this rock to look like the face of an old man. It was a coincidence, it was chance.
As a very young child I visited Mount Rushmore. If you saw this mountain you wouldn’t possibly look at it and think it was created by chance. You would think that someone with intelligence designed those faces. It took a complex mind, unlimited talent and great courage to form Mount Rushmore.Natural forces formed the Old Man in the Mountains. Natural forces certainly didn’t form Mount Rushmore.
It's astounding that a scientist finds an arrowhead and he says, “Intelligent life must have existed here.” But he looks out at the marvelous order and complexity of the universe and he says it is a product of chance. No intelligent life here. This is absurd!!
Consider the earth.
1. Its orbit – if it were slightly closer to the sun the water would boil and evaporate. If it were slightly further from the sun the water would freeze. The earth must remain the same distance from the sun. It must spin at exactly the right speed and it must stay in this circular orbit in order for life to survive. The earth is not an accident, it was designed!
2. Water – is the only know substance whose solid phase (ice) is less dense than its liquid phase (water). If it wasn’t designed like this the creatures of the sea would die. But our Creator takes care of the birds in the air and the fish in the sea.
Famous astronomer Sir Fred Hyde compares the chance of evolution to lining up fifty zeros behind a ten. Give this number of blind men a Rubic’s Cube and ask them to solve the puzzle. All of them solve the puzzle at the same time. All of this happened by chance: Impossible and absurd!!
Astronaut Jim Lovell saw it in a way none of us have seen it. What he saw thoroughly convinced him that "God created the heavens and the earth..."