The (Im)Probability of Life Forming by Chance

Ever hear someone say that Life on Earth happened by chance?

That’s what materialists think… give it 4.6 billion years, and you’re bound to get some life.  Maybe even some outrageously complex bipedal primates that can fly to the moon and back when all is said and done!

And yet, the odds of that happening are actually ridiculously remote.  Like… we’re talking impossibly remote.   The word “astronomically” remote would be making light of the odds here, because it turns out the odds are worse than someone trying to randomly select one specific particle out of all the particles in the entire universe.

To see where I’m coming from, watch this short video before you read on… it’s crazy.

It has been calculated that there is only 1 chance in 10ˆ164 that a functional protein would form by chance.  And that’s if all the amino acids were available in a pool in perfect conditions where the acids were free to interact with each other for untold billions (and trilions… and trillions… ) of years.

Insanity.  To give you an idea of how big that number is, there’s only 10ˆ80 elementary particles in our entire universe!!

Here is a video that tries to help us wrap our heads around that number.

And this is for ONE PROTEIN! Not to mention the first cell here on Earth.

Darwin’s hypothesis of evolution is dying a slow painful death when it comes to accounting for origination of anything above “species” or “genus” in the taxodomic ranks.  Eric Metaxas interviewed Dr. Michael Behe recently discussing the current conundrum that materialist evolutionists face with their worldview.  I plan on doing another article just on this interview, but suffice it to say, it’s looking more an more like we owe our existence…

… to an intelligent designer.

Now, I will go out on a limb here.  I’m not convinced of the young Earth creationist arguments that our universe is only 6,000 to 10,000 years old.  I don’t think the Bible necessarily puts us into that box (for instance, see John Walton’s work or the BioLogos website).  But even given 4.6 billion years of Earth history… I mean, c’mon.  10ˆ164? C’mon.

Let’s apply the Occam’s Razor principle and throw in some Pascal’s wager.  If it’s far more probable that that the first protein was formed by design (we’ll call it 1:2…. after all, there either is a creator God or there isn’t one)… or that it happened by chance (1:10ˆ164… c’mon…), which one is the more reasonable conclusion?

I’m going to go with the God hypothesis.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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