The Greatest Scientific Question: Why Are We Here?
It is extremely unlikely that anyone of us
would be born into this world. The unlikely odds are so
massively stacked against us that the human mind is almost
incapable of comprehending it. Because we do exist, it’s
vital for us to ponder what makes it possible for us to be
The number of atoms in the entire
observable universe is estimated to be around of
that would be a 10 with 80 zero after it. The number of
atoms in the human body would be
Another way of looking at us is that we have 10 trillion
cells in our body with each cell having 100 trillion atoms.
To give you any idea of how difficult it
would be to arrange the atoms that comprise you by pure
chance. Let us first start on a very small scale. Most
people are familiar with the Rubik’s Cube puzzle toy. It is
a 3x3x3 square with six sides and 54 faces. A Rubik’s Cube
has approximately forty-threequintillion possible
You would need a truly mammoth sized-cube
to account for the atoms in our body. The
atoms that make up
our puzzling fleshly body need to bond together in very
special ways. Further complexity is added by the fact that
atoms have subcomponents, and their subcomponents have their
To have a
Rubik’s Cube that matches the difficult factor of our
existence it would have to be at least the size of our
universe, with the individual squares
the size of a hydrogen atom. Since only the hand of God
could turn a cube so large, I came up with a mathematical
formula to express the odds against a group of atoms
randomly arranging themselves into us. It would have to be
at least a trillion to the power of trillion to the power of
None of the Dominant Views Make Sense
Our existence throws a monkey wrench into the current
understanding of how the universe operates. Most scientists
believe that we are on a one-way trip in a universe that is
destined to expand forever into a cold-dead world that’s
devoid of life. It’s rather strange that we would have a
front-row seat right at the moment the universe is in its
If the universe is endless, we really shouldn’t be here in
the first place. The odds against our existence would be: 1
vs. a number that would go on for infinity.
The biblical view has its own problems to consider.
Since there have been only about 10 billion people on
Planet Earth, I can exhaust the odds of any one of us
existing from just the atoms in one of my genes. We might
think we are special because we won the life lottery, but
that doesn’t explain how we beat out an infinite number of
potential people who could have easily taken our place.
Just with our parents alone, long odds are against us being,
born. A fertile woman has 100,000 viable eggs on average.
A man will produce about 12 trillion sperm over the course
of his reproductive lifetime. The probability of that
one sperm with half your name on it hitting that one egg
with the other half of your name on it is one in 400
The math grows exponentially massive as you work you back
through the generation that finally ends at Adam and Eve.
Anchored to the Ultimate Foundation of Matter
For a long time I was troubled by how we
fit into such a vast and ever-shifting universe. One day it
dawned in me that we are not tied to matter in our physical
state. The atoms that make up your body, are not the same
atoms that your where born with. Our physical existence can
be best described as a wave that transmits through this life
-- much like water waves transmit through the ocean.
Of course, the Bible says we have souls,
which contain the heart of our consciousness. Since we have
no way of examining a soul, I can only use our mortal bodies
as a point of reference.
In some way we are connected to the
ultimate foundation of matter. We have come a long way since
Anaximenes of Miletus claimed in 600 BC that everything was
made of air, fire, earth and water. Right now, fermions are
believed to be the smallest unit of matter. As we continue
our quest to find even small units, we may reach a point
where matter cannot be divided into a smaller particle. It
is here where the ultimate foundation of matter remains
A good example of this could be how a hard
drive functions. The data on the platters can be written and
changed numerous times, but the platters themselves are
static. Somewhere on those platters is the data that records
our existence. It remains permanent based on God’s will.
Two Possible Answers
I’ve given much thought to what can
account for extremely long odds on our existence.
I came up with two possibilities: The first one
relies on random chance without God’s involvement and the
second one has God exploring all possibilities at the same
In a universe where their is no God to
make decisions on who will exist, everything that happens
would be based on pure random chance. With no limit on time
and the ways that matter could arrange itself, it is
possible to have endless cycles where every possibility
would eventually play out.
I was going to call this sub-heading,
“Atheistic Reincarnation.” I assumed that people who
rejected God would be open to this option. Strangely,
atheists reject any possibility of life after death. I go
into greater detail of this reality in my article titled:
“Atheism - A Cult of Death.”
I did find one academic that held to this
view: Jonathan Rowe, an astronomer from Harvard, said, “If
time is infinite on both ends, then we have infinite rolls
of the dice of probability. That means, however
infinitesimally small the probabilities that brought “you”
into existence, with enough rolls of dice, “you” will come
into existence again, and again and again forever. And if
time is infinite in reverse, “now” isn’t the only time “you”
Accordingly, “you” have always existed and always will.”
If our existence is totally dependant on
the random arrangement of matter, it is possible that we
have been down this path before. Dice have six sides, so
every number will come up, on average, every six rolls.
One reason why random chance may seem
impossible is because it takes so long to occur. I’ve spoken
with several people who automatically conclude that very
remote odds are unattainable because they go beyond the
limits of our minds.
Imagine allowing a small boat to freely
float the world’s oceans; each day a one-ton weight would be
randomly dropped from the sky. With the worlds’ oceans
stretching over 139 millionsquare miles, it would be very
hard to strike the boat. As the millions of years turned
into billions, trillions of years, you would eventually
reach a day where the randomly dropped weight would find its
Even if you had universe of oceans to hide
that tiny boat, the weight would still eventually connect
with the target. Since time passes instantly for people who
don’t yet exist, the process required to form us would be no
One obvious negative of random
reincarnation is being trapped in an endless loop of
futility. We spend a lifetime gaining knowledge and then at
death we loose everything. All our friendships,
achievements, and lessons learned from previous lives are
The other possibility for our existence
involves a Supreme Being choosing to form us. If you believe
in the existence of God, there is no problem with the
creation of complex life. The only mystery is figuring out
why God would pick us out of an infinite number of possible
We humans can only do one thing at a time.
God may have the ability to perform multiple tasks all at
once. What may have made us seem the unlikely winning ticket
in the lottery of life is the fact that God selected every
possible number combination before the drawing.
One of the logical objections to
creationism that is unexplained exists of an entity that is
already endowed with complexity. The obvious question is,
“Who made God?”
We don’t have an answer to that question.
However, once you have a Super Being, a
supernatural drama unfolds. Because the Lord is an
intelligent being, He is able to beat random chance to the
punch. By having God in the process, you dramatically
increase the chances for our existence.
Because God is a supernatural being, his
ability to create items with an intricate structure is far
superior to what can be accomplished by just random chance.
Here is an illustration to outline my
point: If a comet struck the earth, it is mathematically
possible to have the energy of the impact to cause a vast
number of atoms bond together to form all the buildings that
make-up New York City. This option is extreme unlikely
because you would need to hit a zillion holes-in-one all at
the same time just to form one component of a building.
However, if the comet strike was repeated an endless number
of times, you would eventually arrive at a point where New
York City was formed. Because we humans have the ability to
think and create a higher order of things, we are the ones
who accomplished this task, well ahead of random chance.
Even though Man is an extreme unlikelihood
himself, but once you have him, the possibilities are
endless. Human beings have created thousands of cities all
over this planet.
God is vastly more complex than Man, but
once you factor Him in you add a new dimension of unlimited
possibilities. Because He has the power to explore every
avenue of possibilities, it is likely that he has done so.
Don’t Blow Your Opportunity
A key reason why I would have to choose
the Divine Creator option over random reincarnation is
because of the unlikelihood of life forming on earth. If
there is no, God, living organisms would have likely formed
somewhere else in the universe and then found their way
here. Evolutionists presumptuously claim that we are the
starting point of life.
It may seem bewildering that there could
be endless copies of us that God may have created across a
multitude of dimensions. Since I already have to share the
Creator with 10 billion on this planet, it’s only a small
leap to share God with my clones. As long as the greatness
of God expands with the numbers, I don’t feel at any loss.
If God has exhausted all the possibilities
in creating us, then it’s important for us to make the right
decision to persevere the opportunity we have been granted.
While atheists can, at best, only hope to be trapped on an
endless merry-go-round, we have the chance to enter into a
personal relationship that will last for all eternity.
“For whosoever shall call upon the
name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on
him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they
believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall
they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except
they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet
of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad
tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the
gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our
report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the
word of God.”