WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
Dr. Peter Stoner, in his book Science Speaks (Moody Press), shows that the prophecies in the Old Testament are quantifiable. Based upon the number of prophecies, Dr. Stoner calculated the odds of one man fulfilling just 8 of the Old Testament Messianic prophecies. He found it to be 10 to the 17th power, that’s 10 with 17 zeros after it! When he went on to calculate the odds of one person fulfilling all 48 of the prophecies, he found that it was 10 to the 157th power. That’s a 10 with 157 zeros after it! Prize-winning mathematician Emile Borel stated that once you get beyond 10 to the 50th power, you can say with great confidence that that event will never happen at random or by mere chance. Ever! In other words it must have been intentional.
Over 40% of scientists not only believe in God, but that same percentage believes that God answers prayer (Guideposts, Dec. 06). Science should not conflict with belief in God, but it in fact points to a Creator. The processes of life are so complex that they point to some intelligent design and thus require an Intelligent Designer. The odds of life evolving are equally as staggering as the prophetic fulfillments of Jesus Christ. This indicates deliberate, intentional design, not random, chaotic “hit and miss” genomes.
I could have also added an Archeological portion to this but since it is a historical fact that all 48 prophecies were fulfilled in one Man in history, Jesus Christ [a proven historical figure by dozens of secular Roman and Jewish Historians] and since these prophecies not only proved that He is the Messiah, I didn’t see the necessity. There are volumes of archeological and manuscript evidence about people and places in the Bible. There are over 25,000 manuscripts from the New Testament alone. Ninety-six percent of the texts agree completely with each other (only differences attribute to spelling). There is nothing else in human archival history to compare to that. These things are good to know when someone asks you about why you believe in the Bible and Jesus (and about the hope that is in you), however, all the evidence in the world did not reveal Jesus Christ to me. That was the Holy Spirit. You can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink….but you can feed him salty peanuts. Then perhaps the Holy God and Spirit, working in that individual, can begin to work. the Cross is foolish to the world and they have been blinded. I am so thankful to Him that this is revealed to me.
THE LAW OF ENTROPY
The scientific axiom called the Law of Entropy states that once an organism becomes alive, it is then, until death, in a state of continual decline (or entropy). What evolution says goes against scientific knowledge. That organisms are growing more complex after birth, despite natural, genetic mutations and a decline in cellular reproduction integrity. When you make a copy of something, then use that to make another copy, eventually the copies will fade to nothing! A cell is like the original copy, but each replicated cell, being slightly less perfect that the original, begins to break down. Mutations are not an evolving process, but a weakening of the organism. Mutations are caused by a decay in the genetic DNA code, induced by the rigors of time and by what each DNA clock is set for. It is not a hope-so but a know-so. We were a predetermined, pre-thought, intentional act by God who loved us first. The fact is that you and I were no accident. I’m the only one in my house having accidents (well…my dog!).
Loren Jackson Wellman A.S., B.A.
P.O. Box 171, Belle Plaine, KS 67013
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