“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1
In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: “Is God Dead?” It was as if the age of enlightenment had reached its zenith. The idea of “God” may have been necessary in antiquity, but certainly not now. Science has changed everything – God is obsolete.
That same year, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two necessary criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. With such great odds, scientists became convinced that it was only a matter of time before extraterrestrial intelligence appeared. Hollywood eagerly jumped on the bandwagon and the movies kept coming.
I did a quick internet search and just shy of 500 movies have been made about the extraterrestrial life that Carl Sagan was so optimistic about. But there’s only one problem. After all these years of extensive searching, scientist have discovered precisely… wait for it… nothing. Goose egg!
What happened? Well, it turns out that the very science that in the 60s appeared to have eliminated God, has actually proved his existence. The two factors that Sagan supposed were necessary for life began to increase – first to 10, then 20, and then 50, and so on. Today there are more than 200 known parameters necessary for a planet to support life–every single one of which must be perfectly met, or the whole thing falls apart. Bottom line? The odds against life in the universe are astonishing.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg – the fine-tuning necessary for life to exist on a planet is nothing compared with the fine-tuning required for the universe to exist at all. In fact, the odds against the universe existing are so astronomical that the notion that it all “just happened” defies common sense.
Maybe Oxford University professor of Mathematics Dr. John Lennox said it best, “The more we get to know about our universe, the more the hypothesis that there is a Creator… gains in credibility as the best explanation of why we are here.”
The irony is this; the science that was supposed to prove God is dead, is the very science that is now proving He’s very much alive.