Does everything happen for a reason?
Does everything happen for a reason?
Does everything happen for a reason? This is a very good question. I watched a movie this weekend where a character said that life is random. He believed that random things happen and those opportunities that we pass up on are lessons that help us recognize the next random opportunity when it arises. He remarked that life happens and our happiness depends on whether or not we are able to grab a hold of the random opportunities that life presents before they randomly disappear for good.
Is the reason reasonable?
It was a good explanation. It seemed reasonable enough. I might have even believed it had I not been keenly aware of the fact that nothing else in the world occurs randomly. Everything appears to have an order to it. Elements that make up the periodic table have a specific chemical makeup composed of a balance of negative electrons and positive protons. The organized construction of the molecules themselves appear in a very specific sequence and order. When we talk of composition of materials it is clear that there is design and order involved.
The Golden Ratio.
There is in fact a mathematical equation to the design of things as complex as the spiral design in the stem of a flower (phyllotaxis). In fact there is a name for the equation which has been dubbed the Golden Ratio. Evolution News poses the question, “…why should brainless plants produce spirals that follow the Golden Ratio?” Interesting question. Wikipedia has this to say about the Golden Ratio,
Some of the greatest mathematical minds of all ages, from Pythagoras and Euclid in ancient Greece, through the medieval Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa and the Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler, to present-day scientific figures such as Oxford physicist Roger Penrose, have spent endless hours over this simple ratio and its properties. But the fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is probably fair to say that the Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics.
Is it random?
Think about it. You don’t randomly get pregnant. First you must have reproductive organs to enable and sustain life. There’s a whole list of factors that go into a pregnancy that I do not need to list here. The point is you don’t just trip at the mall and find out later you caught pregnancy.
Babies grow, they go through developmental stages that are recognized. There is no argument about the developmental stages of children. They exist. The same for animals, they are born or hatched and then they go through developmental stages.
The solar system isn’t random. Seismic activity isn’t random. The weather in fact isn’t random. Everything has patterns of development and growth. If hurricanes were random we wouldn’t be able to track them. If twisters were random storm chasers wouldn’t be storm chasers.
So does life happen randomly? I don’t believe it does.
Think back to the days long before we understood the prediction of weather patterns. We could have easily mistaken them for random events. However now we know certain characteristics must exist in order for specific weather patterns to occur.
Thermodynamics and Chaos Theory.
Even the big bang theory appears easily debunked when you think about the fact that in life everything moves towards entropy (disorder). Scientists are divided about whether the universe is going to continue to expand or will eventually stop like in a closed system. In thermodynamics entropy is called the Law of Disorder or the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
Anything left to itself will move towards disorder. For instance a brand new home, just built, with the most quality materials will eventually, if left to itself, rot and deteriorate. Unless an intelligent mind steps in to maintain it. Big bang suggests that an explosion occurred which then created life. This goes against the 2nd law of thermodynamics. In fact life cannot begin from chaos. Even chaos theory admits a smaller level of organized systems at work among the larger appearance of chaos.
While chaos theory scientists and physicists claim mathematical success they continue to lack experimental evidence in the very mathematical formulas they have managed to manipulate to form their theories.
In an article at the Institute for Creation Research, Henry M. Morris PHD, states that, “The strange idea is currently being widely promoted that, in the assumed four-billion-year history of life on the earth, evolution has proceeded by means of long periods of stasis, punctuated by brief periods of massive extinctions. Then rapid evolutionary emergence of organisms of higher complexity came out of the chaotic milieu causing the extinction.”
In other words chaos theory is the belief that order and more complex life forms have derived from chaos while there is no supportive evidence of this even in the overly simplified example of the existence of life on earth.
So does everything happen for a reason? While we may not know definitively the answer, I’m confident when I say that there is at least a reason for everything. While I may not be able to prove creationism, I believe that the Bible states simply what science has yet to prove.
The Bible says in Isaiah 51:6, Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.