My Atheist Acquaintance (“AA”) writes: 

“Your position, the creationist position is always the same. You bring nothing new , nothing of substance to the table ever. All you do is try to poke holes in the ideas and explanations of science and scientists. Your response to the explanation of a word athority on physics and cosmology is a opinion of a philosopher. I will side with Stephen Hawking who says philosophy is dead. Science works. Thats why we believe it.” 

“One additional poitn I forgot to mention. Your philosopher criticizes Krauss for not being able to explain where the laws of physics comes from. Infinite regress is not a point in your favor. Even if the ” god did it” hypothesis was appealing, you still never answer the question where did god come from? And if your answer is he always existed we can do the same for the universe or the laws of physics. If you want to call the laws of physics god then we can agree. But that says nothing about christianity.” 

I notice that AA clings to the conceit that ‘his’ side is argued by learned men, while ‘my’ side holds only inferior degrees, so for a start let’s note that David Albert and Lawrence Krauss have similar degrees in theoretical physics.  (shown at the end) 

Richard’s response  to AA …….  God always existed. Oh, yeah replies (AA), if it’s possible for something to be eternally existent, why not just say the universe always existed? 

In saying this, he is basically copying philosopher (N.B.!) Bertrand Russell: ”If everything must have a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just as well be the world as God, so that there cannot be any validity in that argument [i.e., the Cosmological Argument].” 

Problem #1: In Russell’s day, people could accept an infinitely old universe, and many did. But today, that option is not widely held, because the universe is considered to have had a beginning (in the “Big Bang”). So AA’s suggestion is, today, on the scientific fringe. 

Problem #2: An infinitely old universe would have already reached entropic equilibrium. It would have died a “heat death” by now, in which all available energy had been converted to waste energy (heat). It would have attained maximum chaos / disorder / entropy, since this is the direction in which all natural processes tend. If you look around a little bit, you will observe that the universe has not died a “heat death.” Accordingly, it cannot have been infinitely old (eternally existent). 

Things that begin to exist need an explanation for that beginning. But God is eternally existent. The universe, however, cannot have been eternally existent. So AA’s retort falls to the ground. 

There are only three possibilities:

(1) There was absolutely nothing, then something began to exist (contrary to reason)

(2) Matter/energy always existed (not possible, as already discussed above)

(3) God always existed . . . which is evident from all the empirical evidence: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) 

That was Richard …..  What struck me is that my Atheist Acquaintance is doomed to a life of frustration, futility and ultimate failure, apart from the mercy of God.  He states there is no God, with the voice God grants him.  AA wants to convince himself and others that God does not exist (and what a cheerless existence that must be, always fighting to deny the obvious). Therefore AA and atheists and evolutionists in general need to try to erase the evidence for the all-powerful, all-wise, Lord of life, evidence that is overwhelming, all around us. So they pretend that mere mortals can ‘make it all happen’ in the lab.  They expend enormous time and energy and money — using God’s material, using the wonderful brains God has given them and desperately copying the designs all around them, in order to disprove the Designer.  What a foolish and awful waste of their time on earth.  AA and Company stop their ears, cover their eyes and stamp their feet insisting that this amazing complexity, complexity still far beyond our reach of comprehension, had no Designer. We are just scratching the surface of the vast store of knowledge available to us. 

Mere mortals, who are created beings, can never repeat God’s creative work.  God completed that work, and gave us His account of the splendour and power of creation week in Genesis, … Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  We can study this world, and make wonderful use of its resources, we can fiddle with it all but we cannot create a single plant or animal.  We can only tweak God’s designs, we cannot improve on His finished work.

Breeding tiny dogs and massive dogs from the dog ‘kind’ is an example of the great diversity within the genetic code.  All such manipulations are confined within the variation already there. 

Exodus 20:11 … for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it. 

Ecclesiastes 1:9 … there is nothing new under the sun.  Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been in the ages before us. 

BUT my Atheist Acquaintance, and the rest of lost humanity are not consigned to hopeless failure, because God is merciful.  Jesus, God incarnate, died on the cross of Calvary to atone for our sins.  He rose from the grave and lives to intercede on behalf of anyone who calls on Him in faith. 

John 19:30  After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the scripture) “I thirst.” A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “it is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.                                          

David Z. Albert, Ph.D., is Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy and Director of the M.A. Program in The Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Columbia University in New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Columbia College (1976) and his doctorate in theoretical physics from The Rockefeller University (1981) under Professor Nicola Khuri.[1] Afterwards he worked with Professor Yakir Aharonov of Tel Aviv University.

Albert has published two books (Quantum Mechanics and Experience (1992) and Time and Chance (2000)) and numerous articles on quantum mechanics. His books are both praised and criticized for their informal, conversational style, but he is routinely credited by both fan and critic as having a talent for communicating difficult, highly abstract concepts in ways that are accessible to the lay science reader

Lawrence Maxwell Krauss (born May 27, 1954) is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of Arizona State University‘s Origins Project. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. He is an advocate of public understanding of science, public policy based on sound empirical data, scientific skepticism, and science education, and works to reduce the impact of superstition and religious dogma.

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