Postat de: artzar | Iulie 28, 2007

Why this scientist believes in God

I found this today…Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, found that only God’s existence adequately explains the ordered complexity of the human genome. Wow! A great testimony…

This is article…By Dr. Francis Collins

Special to CNN ROCKVILLE, Maryland (CNN)—I am a scientist and a believer, and I find no conflict between those world views. As the director of the Human Genome Project, I have led a consortium of scientists to read out the 3.1 billion letters of the human genome, our own DNA instruction book. As a believer, I see DNA, the information molecule of all living things, as God’s language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God’s plan. I did not always embrace these perspectives. As a graduate student in physical chemistry in the 1970s, I was an atheist, finding no reason to postulate the existence of any truths outside of mathematics, physics and chemistry. But then I went to medical school, and encountered life and death issues at the bedsides of my patients.

Challenged by one of those patients, who asked “What do you believe, doctor?”, I began searching for answers. I had to admit that the science I loved so much was powerless to answer questions such as “What is the meaning of life?” “Why am I here?” “Why does mathematics work, anyway?” “If the universe had a beginning, who created it?” “Why are the physical constants in the universe so finely tuned to allow the possibility of complex life forms?” “Why do humans have a moral sense?” “What happens after we die?”

I had always assumed that faith was based on purely emotional and irrational arguments, and was astounded to discover, initially in the writings of the Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis and subsequently from many other sources, that one could build a very strong case for the plausibility of the existence of God on purely rational grounds. My earlier atheist’s assertion that “I know there is no God” emerged as the least defensible. As the British writer G.K. Chesterton famously remarked, “Atheism is the most daring of all dogmas, for it is the assertion of a universal negative.”

But reason alone cannot prove the existence of God. Faith is reason plus revelation, and the revelation part requires one to think with the spirit as well as with the mind. You have to hear the music, not just read the notes on the page. Ultimately, a leap of faith is required. For me, that leap came in my 27th year, after a search to learn more about God’s character led me to the person of Jesus Christ.

Here was a person with remarkably strong historical evidence of his life, who made astounding statements about loving your neighbor, and whose claims about being God’s son seemed to demand a decision about whether he was deluded or the real thing. After resisting for nearly two years, I found it impossible to go on living in such a state of uncertainty, and I became a follower of Jesus. 


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  1. RE: Why this scientist believes in God

    FROM
    Mar Michael Abportus

    Bishop of La Porte

    Pastor: Congregation Benim Avraham

    I found another proof of creation. Take 18 people and put them in line. Mathematically, those 25 people can be in 25! combinations, which is: 15,511,210,043,330,985,984,000,000 If those people shifted once per minute it would take 491,857,243,890,505,643 years for them to make all the combinations. That is 491 quadrillion years. Currently popular science holds the universe to be 12 billion years old. Now it take more than 25 DNA combinations to make the simplest living thing. I don’t know how many protein combinations to make a person, but it would seem to be statistically improbable for life and man to have evolved by accident.

    Shalom b’Yeshua haMoshiach,

    +Mar Michael Abportus

    Bishop of La Porte

    Pastor: Congregation Benim Avraham

    mjthannisch@sbcglobal.net

    http://www.freewebs.com/childrenofabraham/

    281-303-3671

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