Atheists claim that the existence of everything in the universe must be explained by natural processes. Dr. Robert Hazen, a scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory and a professor at George Mason University, stresses this claim in his lecture series, “Origins of life”:
“In this lecture series I make a basic assumption that life emerged by some kind of natural process. I propose that life arose by a sequence of events that are completely consistent with the natural laws of chemistry and physics. In this assumption I am like most other scientists. I believe in a universe that is ordered by these natural laws. Like other scientists, I rely on the power of observations and experiments and theoretical reasoning to understand how the cosmos came to be the way it is.”
But this claim introduces a great problem because the naturalist holds views that actually contradict the laws of nature. For example, the naturalist’s explanation of the origin of matter and energy, like spontaneous generation or eternal existence, is unnatural because it contradicts the first and second laws of Thermodynamics. Also, the naturalist contradicts himself by accepting abiogenesis because it contradicts the Law of Biogenesis. Further, the naturalist contradicts himself by claiming that different kinds of living creatures can produce other kinds of living creatures through macroevolution while this theory has never been observed to take place in nature.
The truth is that the basic theories of abiogenesis, spontaneous energy generation, the eternality of matter, and macroevolution are all abnormal because they have never been observed to happen in nature. The naturalist cannot explain the universe without relying on unnatural means. Thus, the atheistic naturalist’s views are self-contradictory. Whereas, the creationist willingly admits that the appearance of matter out of nothing was a supernatural occurrence, performed by a “First Cause” that is outside the physical universe (time and space). This cause is God. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
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