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Eric Metaxas wrote in The Schwarz Report, February 2015: "The odds against the universe existing are so heart-stoppingly astronomical that the notion that it all 'just happened' defies common sense." He quotes Paul Davies that "the appearance of design is overwhelming."

"Carl Sagan announced that there were two important criteria for a planet to support life. The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion--1 followed by 27 zeros--planets in the universe, there should have been about septillion--1 followed by 24 zeros--planets capable of supporting life."

All of that is quite humbling, but there's more. Eric Metaxas tells us more. "As our knowledge of the universe increased, it became clear that there were far more factors necessary for life than Sagan supposed. His two parameters grew to 10 and then 20 and then 50, and so the number of potentially life-supporting planets decreased accordingly. he number dropped to a few thousand planets and kept on plummeting...."

Peter Schenkel wrote in a 2006 piece for Skeptical Inquirer magazine: "In light of new findings and insights....We should quietly admit that the early estimates...may no longer be tenable."

"As factors continued to be discovered, the number of possible planets hit zero, and kept going. In other words, the odds turned against any planet in the universe supporting life, including this one." Let that statement sink in: INCLUDING THIS ONE!

The best explanation as to why we are here is that we are beholding the work of our Creator. In spite of the odds against life anywhere in this vast universe, or even of the universe itself existing, God chose to create it all, and chose to put life on this earth, and even to visit this earth in person, by the incarnation, to reveal Himself to us in terms we could understand, and to be the sinless Sacrifice for our sins.



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