Creation: Believe it or not

17 02 2007

It’s hard to imagine anything more absurd than the naturalist’s formula for the origin of the universe: Nobody times nothing equals everything. There is no creator; there is no design or purpose. Everything we see simply emerged and evolved by pure chance from a total void.

Ask the typical naturalist what he believes about the beginning of all things, and you are likely to hear about the big bang theory-the notion that the universe is the product of an immense explosion. As if an utterly violent and chaotic beginning could result in all the synergy and order we observe in the cosmos around us. But what was the catalyst that touched off that big bang in the first place? (And what, in turn, was the catalyst for that?). Something incredibly large has to fuel the original expansion. Where did that “Something” originate? A big bang out of nowhere quite simply could not have been the beginning of all things.

Is the material universe itself eternal, as some claim? And if it is, why hasn’t it wound down? For that matter, what set it in motion to begin with? What is the source of the energy that keeps it going? Why hasn’t entropy caused it to devolve into a state of inertia and chaos, rather than (as the evolutionist must hypothesize) apparently developing into more orderly and increasingly sophisticated system as the big bang expands?

The vast array of insurmountable problems for the naturalist begins at the most basic level. what was the first cause that caused everything else? Where did matter come from? Where did energy come from? What holds everything together and what keeps everything going? How could life, self-consciousness, and rationally evolve from inanimate, inorganic matter? Who designed the many complex and interdependent organisms and sophisticated Eco-systems we observe? Where did intelligence originate? Are we to think of the universe as massive perpetual-motion apparatus with some sort of impersonal “intelligence” of its own? Or is there, after all, a personal, intelligent designer who created everything and set it all in motion?

Those are vital metaphysical questions that must be answered if we are to understand the meaning and value of life itself. Philosophical naturalism, because of its materialistic and antisupernatural presuppositions, is utterly incapable of offering any answers to those questions. In fact, the most basic dogma of naturalism is that everything happens by natural processes; nothing is supernatural; and therefore there can be no creator. That means there can be no design and no purpose for anything. Naturalism therefore can provide no philosophical basis for believeing that human life is particulalry valuable or in any way significant.

On the contrary, the naturalist, if are true to their principles, must ultimately conclude that humanity is a freak accident without any purpose or an importance. Naturalism is therefore a formula for futility and meaninglessness, erasing the image of God from our race’s collective self-image, depreciating the value of human life, underming human dignity, and subverting morality.

“The moral catastrophe that has disfigured modern western society is directly traceble to darwanism and the rejection of the early chapters of Genesis.”




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