What are odds?
Terry Dashner………………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
Chet Raymo, an astronomer and science writer who has calculated odds of our universe resulting, as he believes it did, from sheer chance:
“If, one second after Big Bang, ratio of density of universe to its expansion rate had differed from its assumed value by only one part in 1000000000000000 (no my “0” key isn’t stuck. That’s 10 to 15th power.), universe would have either quickly collapsed upon itself or ballooned so rapidly that stars and galaxies could not have condensed from primal matter… The coin was flipped into air 10 to 15th power times, and came down on its edge but once. If all grains of sand on all beaches of Earth were possible universes—that is, universes consistent with laws of physics as we know them—and only one of those grains of sand were a universe that allowed for existence of intelligent life, then that one grain of sand is universe we inhabit.
The author who quoted Mr. Raymo’s statement says that he was asked to produce quote one time by a personal friend to Mr. Raymo. States Yancey, in his book entitled Soul Survivor, “One of physicists asked to see quote by Raymo, whom he knew as a personal friend. He pondered a moment, thinking out loud, ‘Ten to fifteenth power, ten to fifteenth… let’s see there are [10 to 22 power] stars in universe—yeah, I can buy that. I’ll take those odds.’”
Speaking of odds, what are odds that earth should be tilted on its axis 23-and-a-half degrees? To vary either way to slightest degree would mean death to life we know. What are odds that Earth, and it alone in its galaxy, should be only planet with an atmosphere and environment capable of sustaining life as we know it? What are odds that we were created by a loving God instead of a tyrant—not to mention that He is a God who is rational, comprehensible, and His creation is subject to verification? What are odds that you and I were created for this time, in our fields of study, in our native countries, in our specific families, in our various colors, in our various cultures, with our various languages?