God or chance?

Scientists tell us that if our expanding universe had expanded a little faster, the matter formed would have sprayed out into space like fine mist so fast that a gazillion particles of dust would speed into infinity and never even form a single star. If it had expanded just a little slower, the material would have dribbled out like big drops of water, then collapsed back where it came from by the force of gravity. A little too fast, and you get a meaningless spray of fine dust. A little too slow, and the whole universe collapses back into one big black hole. They also estimate the mathematical chances of it happening the way it has are one in a figure with one hundred and twenty zeros. That’s why some people believe in God with a capital G and some believe in Chance with a Capital C.

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4 Responses to God or chance?

  1. Sam says:

    It’s the same with a lottery winner. If that person walked into the store and bought a ticket later in the day, or a few seconds later than he or she originally did, that person may not have hit the jackpot. Does this mean that this person did not actually win the lottery, because well, the odds were vastly against them? And how many more zeros would be behind an omnipotent God conveniently just being around to create life?

    • That’s my point. Is it God or is it chance? People who do not believe in God often base their unbelief on what they see as the improbability of there being some greater intelligence outside of our material three-dimensional existence. Yet their alternative – a chance convergence of an almost infinite number of other chance events – is equally – so would say even more – an act of faith.

      • Sam says:

        I am much more open to the possibility of improbable natural events. It’s when I have to consider a God that could easily make himself apparent (in my opinion) I have less of a desire to believe in a God. We have to work hard to understand science, it cannot speak for itself. But why do we have an equal lack of understanding of a God?

  2. Good point. However, speaking personally, I would give 3 reasons why I opt for believe in an intelligence beyond our 3 dimensional understanding of all that exists. The first is that it makes more sense to me than that ‘chance convergence of an almost infinite number of other chance events’ I referred to above. The second is that I believe human beings, by and large, are ‘hard-wired’ to belief in the numinous (even though expressed in different ways). Third, personal experience of a sense of ‘the numinous’ in ways that on occasions were quite overwhelming.
    I realise that this latter may appear to be quite subjective – but then a whole lot of realities in life are subjective – even the experience of love. Essentially, I think that people become aware of the existence of God (however one may understand that term) intuitively rather than deductively.

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