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Creation, Evolution, and Laws of Probability

Is Creation Probable?"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).

This is the very first verse of the Bible, and it claims that there is a God who made the universe. Yet there are many people who question this claim. They say that life began by a freak accident, and that all living things have evolved from that original life over a period of millions of years. Which view is correct?

Let us use the laws of mathematics to calculate the probability that life could begin by chance. Remember that, if life did not begin by chance, then it must have been created.

To begin with, there are thousands of conditions which would be essential just to prepare the earth for life, and it would be virtually impossible for all these conditions to be met by chance. But then consider what must have happened even after the earth was ready. Evolutionists tell us that the earth has been here about 4 1/2 billion years, and that in this time, not only has life begun, but all the plants and animals have evolved.

Now all living things are made of protein. A man named Dr. du Nouy once calculated how frequently a single protein molecule might be formed by chance. He determined that a molecule of protein would be formed once in every 10 followed by 243 zeroes - once in that many billions of years! Now that would just be one molecule, but it would take millions of such molecules before life could exist. And even if we had the molecules, they would not yet be alive! (Handbook of Religious Quotations, p. 59)

This means that evolution is essentially impossible. So it is virtually certain, mathematically, that there is a God who created you. In the Bible He says that your eternal destiny depends on whether or not you serve Him. Are you willing to risk the impossible chance that He might not exist, or will you submit to His will?

For further study I encourage the reader to go to /creation/ and  study our online articles about creation and evolution. We discuss the problems involved in evolution and evidence that the days in Genesis 1 are literal days.  

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