Believe: Design – Sat – 21-06-05

Take a moment to look at your cell phone. Isn’t it a marvel of design and engineering? Do you realize that if certain things in it were changed just a bit, it wouldn’t work? There are a lot of antennas and other sources of interference within your phone. Engineers spend hours to place them in the smallest, most compact design in order to isolate the signals. Otherwise they would disrupt the functioning of other parts of the phone.

Did you know the earth and the universe are the same? If you change a few things, just a bit, then life would not exist. For instance:

  • Change the oxygen level in the atmosphere – too much and things would burst into flame; too little and we’d suffocate.
  • Change the rotation of the earth – if it took more than 24 hours, half the planet would be burning hot while the other half was freezing. Speed the rotation up and the winds would howl like a constant hurricane.
  • Change the rate of expansion of the universe — just one millionth slower, and it would have collapsed without forming stars. It if expanded faster, galaxies would not have formed.

There are 122 such constants that have been discovered.* Tweak them a bit and we don’t exist. We look at a cell phone and know it was designed. When we see these facts about the universe — and that they are just right for life — how can you not think it was all designed by God?

*Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004), 98-106.

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