And Yet

OK, I put the sermon I had planned to preach tomorrow away for now and wrote something new, more connected to our current situation. I may get back to the Lenten sermon series sometime but I thought I needed to deal with the current issue.

I wrote my blog yesterday afternoon about the current situation. I wrote a new song this morning that is about prayer but it is rooted in the Covid-19. I have made a couple of other related posts today. Just about every conversation I have had has been about the virus.

Frankly, it has barely begun and I am tired of talking about it. I know it isn’t going away soon and I will talk more tomorrow in church and I feel certain on here. But right now, I can talk about something else and for my own mental health I am going to do that.

Just about any time I open my web browser and it isn’t to a specific preset site, I get a list of current articles posted on various sites around the internet. Some days there isn’t much I want to read, others there are one or two and some days there seems to be a lot of low hanging fruit. Yesterday was a middle day. There was only one article that peeked my interest. The headline said, “What Would Happen if Earth Started to Spin Faster?” The opening sentence said, “Even a 1 mph speed boost would make things pretty weird.” I would have liked for them to tell me what was going to get weird and they really didn’t.

The did say that the speed the earth spins constantly varies slightly. If earth started increasing speed, it would be more difficult for us to maintain our spot on the planet because it would constantly try to throw us off. The article said that the oceans would rise at the equator and become more shallow at the poles. They listed other things that would change. If you want to know more, go read the link for yourself (article). That isn’t where I want to make my point.

In my mind I have been thinking about evidence of the existence of God. At least to me, this is clear evidence. How can this all be by accident when as little as a one mile an hour increase (though they did not say it, to me logic would indicate different issues but issues all the same from a one mile per hour decrease) in spin rate. Here is a narrow spin rate window to allow life on this planet to exist as we know it. If you increased the spin wind speeds would increase, there would be changes in gravity, you would lose weight (if you are like me you would enjoy that part) and you would live in a constant state of jet lag. I don’t see how someone could say this tiny sweet spot just appeared.

In the old television show Star Trek: The Next Generation (No, I am not a Trekkie but Cindy really likes it so I watch it sometimes with her) there is a scene where Captain Piccard and this semi-god figure Q are back in time on prehistoric earth. They are looking in this pool some kind of protien or something, and these two ameba kind of things are swimming toward each other and miss each other. Q then says to Piccard words to the effect of, “and life on earth never happened.

I am not trying to say such a story line is how life did come to earth. What I am saying is, in all the vastness of the universe, for everything required for life to come together, I cannot see it happening as an accident.

Christmas Eve, I was suddenly hit with some kind of bug that had me shaking so hard I thought I was having a seizure. It was chills from a fever that ran two degrees above normal. Our bodies are so fine tuned that to be just a bit out of temperature zone can lead us to feel positively awful. It knocked me down so hard, for the first time in my 29 year career, I missed Christmas Eve worship.

Just a slight change in something can lead to dramatic problems. God tuned us to reach maximum efficiency.

We live on, to quote another old television show, The “Third Rock from the Sun.” If we lived on the second rock from the sun it would be too hot to survive. If we lived on the fourth rock (Mars), it would be too cold. It took the perfect placement.

I cannot buy that all this happened by accident. Everything had to be too exact.It took the right spin rate on earth. It had to be earth because the next closest alternatives were too hot or too cold. And then there is the temperature sweet spot. Ockham’s Razor is a principle from philosophy. Suppose there exist two explanations for an occurrence. The one requiring the smallest number of assumptions is usually correct. Another way of saying it is that the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation.

One explanation, God exists and drives creation is one assumption. Trying to think of all the possibilities for it to happen and God not exist? Well, that just makes my head hurt.

Have a great evening.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All rights reserved. Permission to use for non-commercial purposes is granted.


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