Proof of God Part 2
Professor Wrongbucket claims that God doesn’t exist and it’s impossible to prove otherwise. True to his name, Professor Wrongbucket is … well … he’s wrong. Not only does God exist, it’s rather easy to prove that He does.God tells us that proof of His existence can be found simply by looking at “what has been made.” When you do that, there are two areas of proof that become somewhat obvious. The first is evidence from order and design and the second is evidence from the nature of life. As an engineer I am partial to order and design so let’s start there.
In order to understand the evidence of design, we need to know what design is. Design is the process of assembling different components so that they work together to perform a task. Design is a creative process. It requires intelligence. And the more complex the design, the greater the required intelligence. The most complex designs involve two features. They are adaptive. In other words they change in response to changes in their environment. And they are self maintaining, they can repair themselves.
Let’s try a little experiment to illustrate the nature of design. Start with a puzzle, any puzzle will do. Open the box and pour the puzzle pieces onto the kitchen table. Now step back and wait for the puzzle to be solved. If it is not solved within an hour take a break, get something to eat and then go back to the table to see if while you were gone the puzzle was solved. If nothing happens by evening, go to bed and when you wake up in the morning go to the kitchen table to see if the puzzle was solved overnight. You can wait as many days as you want but to save time I think we can all agree that no matter how long you wait the puzzle will never be solved this way. Congratulations, you have now discovered that for a design to be completed energy must be applied to the components. So lets continue our experiment by applying energy to the table and puzzle. There are several ways this can be done. You could shake the table and watch the puzzle pieces move. Keep shaking until the puzzle is assembled. When you give up on the shaking you could try blowing on the pieces or even picking them up and throwing them on to the table over and over until the puzzle is assembled. You might even try all three at the same time.
Well, just random energy doesn’t seem to work either. Now you’ve discovered that design requires the intelligent application of energy. So you sit down at the table and one piece at a time assemble the puzzle. Professor Wrongbucket has been watching this and objects when you show him the completed puzzle.
“You gave up to early,” Professor Wrongbucket notes. “You need to shake and blow the pieces for hundreds no millions of years and if you do the puzzle will assembly itself.”
You smile at him and offer, “Okay, if you think something will change just because you wait a long long time then be my guest.”
So much for the puzzle now the question is does the universe display characteristics of design? The answer is yes. The universe is certainly complex and interrelated. It is formed from basic building blocks, fundamental units of matter and energy. It’s adaptive and it’s self-maintaining. None of that is proof of intelligent design but it certainly suggests that nothing purely random is going on.
Exactly what might be going on will be discussed next week, for this week we end with Proof of God Principle One (PGP 1):
The universe appears to be designed.