Creative Science 9 – Cosmic Organization

Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD of hosts is his name.” Jer 31:35 (ESV)

There are two fundamental natural laws that are accepted as fact universally and which apply to all aspects of nature universally. They are the first and second laws of thermodynamics. These two natural laws, when applied to our highly organized universe, demand a prime cause which is itself apart from nature.

The First Law of Thermodynamics, also known as the Law of Conservation of Energy, states: Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only altered in form. Matter can neither be created nor destroyed except by nuclear reaction and then total mass and energy are still conserved. The first law essentially states that you don’t get something from nothing. The universe exists. Since the sum of energy and mass cannot be created or destroyed by natural means, if the universe does have a beginning it must have a supernatural cause. If the universe had a beginning, then the Materialist model is contradicted by the simple application of this law. The Creation model explains that mass and energy exist as the result of supernatural will imposed at the beginning.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics, also known as the Law of Entropy, states: In any energy conversion (work) there is a net increase in entropy. Entropy is the amount of energy not usable for useful work. In other words, no energy conversion (work) is 100% efficient. The second law essentially states that what you get back is never as much as what you put in. In simple terms, order progresses toward chaos. Batteries run down and clocks wind down. A nuclear reactor operates because of entropy – the breakdown of atoms giving off heat. The universe is winding down. What we observe when we look into the cosmos is the highly organized ordering of our solar system, our galaxy, and the myriad of other galaxies and galactic clusters in far away parts of our universe. Entropy means that when a tornado hits a trailer park, the debris does not fall together randomly to form a nice new move-in ready apartment complex. Yet, the Materialist model suggests that stars explode and the resulting debris forms new and highly organized solar systems like our own – in our case so organized as to produce and support the evolution of life. Entropy means that nature – organic or inorganic – progresses from order to chaos. The implication is that for any order to exist in nature, nature must be acted on by an external (supernatural) force. Not only is God required for the existence of the universe (first law), but God is required for the organization of existence.

Ironically, the Materialist model fails to predict material reality. The Creation model does predict material reality because it involves a supernatural force responsible for the existence and organization of material reality.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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15 Responses to Creative Science 9 – Cosmic Organization

  1. Todd Beal says:

    Lance,

    Leave it to us humans to believe that a destructive state organically constructed an organized, yet continually degrading, universe. One needs only briefly observe the most simplistic of systems to understand that disorder disorders order. The existence of disorder depends on the prior existence of order, which, if taken far enough back, one must conclude that all things initially sprang into existence through order, which it itself is devoid of disorder. There is no ‘dis’ in order, period. One may as well say that any whole something is simultaneously not a whole something in order to achieve symmetrical balance. Only a foolish, contradiction-ridden mind labels this rubbish true.

    Creation is really not rocket science, nor is it complicated, but is in fact practical common sense that even a child’s mind naturally understands. All things came from something, and all somethings came from something else, with everything eventually converging back unto one source, a source that has no beginning and is thus eternal, the living creator of everything.

    Lance, your post here scientifically reiterates my posts, “Approval Not Required” and “Arrogant Denial – The Contradiction”. You know, it is ironic that contradictions to truth require so much effort to reconcile into a seemingly collaborative collective coherence, yet all things that directly align with truth “miraculously” fall into a natural cooperative lockstep, i.e. your and my posts. Contradictions always vie for individual prominence at the expense of order, but truth orders all things unto and through itself, always, without fail.

    • Lance Ponder says:

      It was rewarding to reread both of those posts of yours. Yes, they do compliment the theme here. As Col. Hannibal Smith would say: I love it when a plan comes together. (Do you remember him?)

      • Todd Beal says:

        Oh boy! If I remember correctly he is a member of the A-Team. Correct?

        • Lance Ponder says:

          Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding …. Johnny, tell him what he’s won…

          Yep, that’s right. Good job. I haven’t seen the new one yet, but I loved the original. I think its the only other major thing Dirk Benedict (Face) ever did besides the old Battlestar. Anyway, Col Smith was played by George Peppard. The other two main characters were Mr T (B.A. Baracus) and Dwight Schultz (Howling Mad Murdock). Murdock was always my favorite character. In some twisted way I always identified with him.

          • Todd Beal says:

            Lance, I used to love that series. I forgot about the new installment. I must confess, I was always frustrated that many shots were fired but no one expired. If we must show reality, at least imply that indeed reality exists.

          • Lance Ponder says:

            I rather prefer my fantasy to be a bit less bloody than reality. You sound as if you would prefer the new Star Trek movie where Amanda dies and the planet Vulcan is destroyed – both of which were completely gratuitous to the story.

        • Todd Beal says:

          Lance,

          Actually, I eschew gratuitous violence, and really anything gratuitous. For instance, if you film someone shooting to kill, allow that person to die. If you film someone falling in love, allow the audience to experience that love. We don’t need to see hard core reality to know when something truly represents reality, but please convince me that it really happened. This is why I take such issue with people who dabble in truth but never get around to personally manifesting truth. Truth always reveals itself, from internal thought to external revelation. Nothing yells fake like someone interrupting that continuum, even if for a single moment.

          • Lance Ponder says:

            Ah. I’m using “gratuitous” to mean unnecessary whereas you’re using to mean fake. LOL. No problem.

          • Todd Beal says:

            Lance,

            I really see no difference. If something is not contextually necessary, it is contextually fake, or irrelevant, and does not exist within the contextual bounds of reality. Truth is more than the assemblance of isolated truths. Truth is simultaneously absolutely true, contextually true, and item-specific true, and if at any time something interrupts this homogenous whole, that something takes away from truth. When something detracts from or contradicts context, it remains contextually untrue even if by itself it is true, separate from the context. That is why I take such issue when someone quotes scripture, irrelevant to the topic at hand. Certainly by itself, scripture is true, but if it is contextually irrelevant to the truth of the issue at hand, we detract from truth by quoting that scripture.

            For example, saying that I am a brand new creation as a point of argument against personal development: true, we do become a brand new creation when Jesus Christ takes up residence in our heart, but that doesn’t eliminate the fact that we still have a human personality that if left unaddressed will drag our spiritual life down. In other words, if one’s words, thoughts, and deeds are not contextually relevant, then they detract from truth, even if by themselves they are true, separate from the context at hand.

          • Lance Ponder says:

            irrelevant = false?

          • Todd Beal says:

            Yes, as in not true within the context.

  2. Lance Ponder says:

    Amusement = a + muse + ment

    a = not
    muse = thought, to think
    ment = to do with

    Therefore…

    Amusement means not having anything to do with thinking.

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