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Have you ever struggled to wrap your head around something really big. Perhaps you have stared at the ocean, or the Grand Canyon. For me, it is looking up into the night sky and trying to comprehend just how far away the stars are. Even Mars, at its closest approach to Earth, is 33.9 million miles away.1 We sort of glaze over at that number – 33.9 million. We know sports stars that sign contracts about that big! But as a distance, it is harder to comprehend. You could fly around the equator of the Earth over 1,300 times, and you would still not travel the same distance as going to Mars.
An even bigger number to comprehend is the probability of life arising by chance. Take just the development of a single protein molecule. We’re not talking about all the proteins to form DNA and a simple cellular life form. Just forming one protein by chance has a probability of 1 in 1 followed by 164 zeros.2 That’s a big number! And that means the odds of it happening are horribly bad! But many people just glaze over at that number. They think that given enough time, even the impossible can happen by chance.
It you really want to understand how impossible it is for life to form by chance, take a moment to watch a 10 minute video on this topic. A link is in the show notes. You will see, that the overwhelming odds are in favor of creation, not evolution.
1. Tim Sharp, “How Far Away is Mars? | Distance to Mars,” space.com, https://www.space.com/16875-how-far-away-is-mars.html.
The video mentioned is in the link below:
2. “Origin: Probability of a Single Protein Forming by Chance,” Illustra Media, April 7, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1_KEVaCyaA. An excerpt from the film ORIGIN: Design, Chance and the First Life on Earth.
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