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Believe: Instant Age – Wed – 21-11-03

I’m sure you have heard of a lightyear. If nothing else, you remember it is the last name of a character in the film Toy Story, you know, Buzz Lightyear! So where did he get his name?

A lightyear is a measurement of distance. It is how far a ray of light will travel in a year. It’s pretty far! A lightyear is nearly 5.9 trillion miles! Or it is nearly 9.5 trillion kilometers! Lightyears are used to measure vast distances across the universe. Did you know the distance across the known universe is calculated to be 46.5 billion lightyears?!

Some see this distance as a problem for faith in the biblical account of creation. They think that billions of years are needed for the light from distant objects to travel to earth. I don’t think so. Here’s why: God created the world with the appearance of age.

Take Adam and Eve. When they were just one hour old, they looked like adults. I think the same is true of the animals. They were not babies or eggs, but mature creatures. Since God created the universe out of nothing, and he created things with the appearance of age, I find it quite reasonable that God could create a distant star at the same time he created the beams of light from it to our earth! To me, lightyears evoke awe at what God has done!

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Believe: Science – Sun – 21-10-31

This week on the podcast we’ll explore reasons to believe in God and the Bible.

Have you been hearing the number a trillion lately? It seems like the U.S. government is always trying to spend a trillion or more dollars!

Large numbers are often lost on us. For example, many today seem to accept the fact that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. We hardly bat an eye. The earth has to be billions of years old in order to support the theory of evolution.

I’m sure you know that the Bible’s description of earth’s creation seems to support a young earth, not one that is billions of years old. But did you know scientific evidence exists for a young earth?

  • For example, evidence measuring the delta of the Mississippi River shows it started flowing 4,000 years ago.
  • Also, the earth’s magnetic field is decaying. Using the current rate of decay, the earth can’t be more than 10,000 years old. Otherwise, the magnetic field would have surpassed that of a star!
  • Then there are the Polonium 218 halos in certain rocks. They formed when the rocks cooled. Their existence contradicts the idea the earth’s molten rock cooled over thousands and millions of years, because the Polonium doesn’t last that long.*

I could list more examples, but only have a bit of time left! Just remember, a lot of evidence exists for the relatively young age of the earth and solar system, which contradicts the idea of evolution.

*Scott M. Huse, The Collapse of Evolution, (Grand Rapids, Baker Book House, 1983), p. 20-27.

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Believe: The Odds – Mon – 21-03-01

In the United States, thousands of people buy lottery tickets each week, spending billions of dollars each year. Yet they keep losing. That’s because the odds are against them. The odds of winning  a major lottery are approximately 1 in 300 million.1

When the odds are against one thing, they are actually in favor of the opposite. The odds of losing the lottery are something like 299,999,999 in 300 million.

Let me repeat that, the greater the odds are against one thing, the greater the odds are in favor of its opposite.

Now, let’s take a look at some really big numbers. If you think that the odds of winning the lottery are bad, think about the odds of winning it two days in a row! This multiplies the odds. The chance of winning a major lottery two days in a row is 1 in 90 quadrillion — that’s 16 zeros after the 9. Not very likely to happen.

So what about evolution? What are the odds of the first single-celled organism evolving from non-living chemicals? Dr. Randy Wysong, in his book The Creation-Evolution Controversy, describes the “total probability of forming the proteins and DNA for the smallest self-replicating entity given astronomically large quantities of reagents and time.” The odds he reports are ridiculously bad! 1 chance in 1 followed by 167,626 zeros.2

Why should you believe God created the world? The odds make it a sure thing!

1Kymberly Amadeo, “What Are the Odds of Winning the Lottery?” The Balance, November 4, 2020, https://www.thebalance.com/what-are-the-odds-of-winning-the-lottery-3306232

2Randy L. Wysong, The Creation-Evolution Controversy (Midland, MI: Inquiry Press, 1976), 118

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