The mind-boggling power at work within our universe (to form vast star-emitting nebulas; trillions of galaxies; a countless number of stars; and an even more incomprehensible number of planets, moons, and other celestial bodies) surely tells us something. All that power must have come from an even more powerful source.
Science has concluded that our universe had a beginning – and all that unleashed power either came from nothing… or it came from something.
At the center of the God-hypothesis is the assertion that the most reasonable explanation for such an immense display of power is an almighty, all-powerful Being.
Nothing… has no power to do anything. An almighty Being has the power to do everything.
The best answer to fit the evidence should be clear.
But what else should we expect if God is the designer and creator of the universe?
We should expect a magnificent display of engineering… and ingenuity. There should be undeniable evidence of the intellect, knowledge, and wisdom of an infinitely intelligent Being. In other words, the universe should be governed by immutable natural laws (that work everywhere in the universe) and, as Arno Penzias put it: “one with a very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the conditions required to permit life.”
Evolution banks on all the order in the universe coming from undirected chaos. A mindless, purposeless, freak happenstance that somehow produced (fortuitously for us!) all the finely-tuned components necessary for life.
But, in our everyday experience… when does meticulous order ever come from chaos?
The fine-tuning of the universe is a direct indication of an unparalleled intelligence at work – and everything about the functions of our universe carry the distinct trademarks of all things that are designed with purpose.
In our everyday experience… things that work (and work with such intricate precision) are always the result of intelligence and design.
This was the observation of Nobel Laureate (in physics) Charles Townes: “This is a very special universe: it’s remarkable that it came out just this way. If the laws of physics weren’t just the way they are, we couldn’t be here at all. The sun couldn’t be there, the laws of gravity and nuclear laws and magnetic theory, quantum mechanics, and so on have to be just the way they are for us to be here.”
Some of these finely-tuned factors (to name a few)…
* If the strong nuclear force were slightly more powerful, then there would be no hydrogen, an essential element of life. If it was slightly weaker, then hydrogen would be the only element in existence.
* If the weak nuclear force were slightly different, then either there would not be enough helium to generate heavy elements in stars, or stars would burn out too quickly and supernova explosions could not scatter heavy elements across the universe.
* If the electromagnetic force were slightly stronger or weaker, atomic bonds, and thus complex molecules, could not form.
* If the value of the gravitational constant were slightly larger, one consequence would be that stars would become too hot and burn out too quickly. If it were smaller, stars would never burn at all and heavy elements would not be produced.
I have included a short video presentation that provides a more in-depth look into the fine-tuning of the universe (it’s well worth watching!)…
Physicist Paul Davies offered his observations about our universe: “It is hard to resist the impression that the present structure of the universe, apparently so sensitive to minor alterations in numbers, has been rather carefully thought out… The seemingly miraculous concurrence of these numerical values must remain the most compelling evidence for cosmic design.”
Even Stephen Hawking noticed these finely-tuned constants of the universe when he said:
The question must be asked… what or Who made these intricate adjustments. Again, is it more likely that the astronomical accuracy involved in the constants of the universe were the work of mere chance? Or is it more likely that these numbers were conceived, and executed, by an incomparable intelligence?
As scientists discover more and more about our universe, those discoveries are leading those scientists to different conclusions than were reached only a few years ago. Walter Bradley, author of The Mystery of Life’s Origin, observed: “It is quite easy to understand why so many scientists have changed their minds in the past thirty years, agreeing that the universe cannot reasonably be explained as a cosmic accident. Evidence for an intelligent designer becomes more compelling the more we understand about our carefully crafted habitat.”
Does the fine-tuning of the universe prove the existence of God?
In a word, no. But it is another in a rapidly growing number of “coincidences” that are better, and more logically, explained as the handiwork of an Almighty Creator – rather than the progression of an infinite number of positive results through random chance.