How Lucky Do You Feel?

There is something in science called “The Anthropic Principle”. One description of this principle is as follows:

“It is well known that our existence in this universe depends on numerous cosmological constants and parameters whose numerical values must fall within a very narrow range of values. If even a single variable were off, even slightly, we would not exist. The extreme improbability that so many variables would align so auspiciously in our favour merely by chance has led some scientists and philosophers to propose instead that it was God who providentially engineered the universe to suit our specific needs. This is the Anthropic Principle: that the universe appears to have been fine-tuned for our existence.”

The key in the above definition is the realisation that our human existence depends on a finely tuned universe, and that the universe should be so finely tuned is vastly improbable. The standard response to this by many atheists is to assert that a vast multitude of universes exist, and at least one of them would allow the formation of life. However this is a faith belief, no-one has observed these multitudes of other universes.

Lets take this into everyday life. In Scotland, entering into an agreement to buy a house, is a legal contract (once “missives” are entered into). Naturally the property solicitor will ask how I am planning to pay for the house I am offering on. If I said I don’t have the money, but I do have a lottery ticket – the solicitor would think I was mad (along with everyone else). I would be risking my financial ruin on the very remote possibility of winning the lottery. But this is exactly what many people do today. Let me explain.

The most probably explanation of the Anthropomorphic Principle is that the earth and universe were created for us by a loving God. Just a the first book of the Bible asserts:

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1

However the God who made us has also told us that we need to get to know Him through His Son Jesus Christ. John puts it this way in his Gospel:

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” John 3:36

So instead of acting on the most likely explanation of the Anthropomorphic Principle, that there is a creator God we need to get know through Jesus Christ, many stake their eternal souls on the improbable and unproven assertion that a vast multitude of universes exist and that we just happen to be living in the one universe that allows life to exist.

What are you staking your eternal soul on? The unproven and incredibly unlikely assertion that a vast multitude of unobserved  universes exist – or on the certainty of God’s word? But of course believing in God and getting to know Him through His Son Jesus Christ, has implications for our lives, implications that many are unwilling to accept …

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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