Fine Tuned Universe – Psalm 8, 19; Genesis 1

   O Lord, our Lord

How majestic is your name in all the earth.

You have set your glory above the heavens.    Ps 8:1

 

The heavens declare the glory of God;

The skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they poor forth speech;

Night after night they display knowledge.   Ps 19:1

 

In the beginning,

God created the heavens and the earth.   Genesis 1:1

 

For the past 200 years these verses have faced a lot of opposition.  Previous to the 19th Century, most people in most cultures held that there was a God or many gods.  Life was seen as something created by someone greater or wiser than we are.  Even in the 21st Century, most people in America and most in the world believe in a god who created the world.

What I want to do today is show you a few lines of evidence that are based on widely held scientific discoveries.  This evidence does not reveal a universe that is explained as a random act.  It is not explainable as the result of a cataclysmic explosion produced by random chance.  Instead the universe at all levels shows an elegance in it’s structure.  It shows that the chance of life existing at all is a rare possibility that can only occur where conditions are just so.

This “just so” quality is often called the Fine Tuned Universe.  This “Fine-tuned Universe” has turned the tables.  Now the assumptions of the previous 200 years are under attack and the universe looks very much like a place that had a designer.

Rest of sermon here   3.A Fine Tuned Universe

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