I’m the associate pastor of a small church, and one of the volunteers running our youth group wants to do a skit to help the teens learn to listen to others & preach the gospel in every day conversations. The skit has a very anti-science tone to it (even though the discussion/lesson isn’t on science & the bible) and I’m not thrilled to incorporate it into the lesson. It goes into the “blind watchmaker” argument, and also attacks the big bang theory. I was wondering if some of you whom are more educated can help give me a reasonable explanation as to why the argument doesn’t make sense, and how the big bang doesn’t contradict scripture?
Here’s the bit from the skit that bother’s me:
J: I’m wondering if, in your quiet moments, you ever stop to think about how
you and I got here, or how the earth, the stars, and the moon were
N: No, I accept the fact that the big bang just happened, and here we are.
J: So, if I’m hearing you correctly, you believe we are a result of an
extraordinary set of circumstances that caused something to evolve out
N: Yes, that’s right.
J: Could I test a thought on you to make sure that I understand what you
N: Sure, go ahead.
J: (takes out her cell phone) It sounds as if you believe our universe was at
one time like this phone before it was assembled—just a myriad of parts
randomly strewn around.
N: Yes, that’s right.
J: (lays her phone on the table) If I took my phone apart piece by piece,
placed the pieces in a box, and shook them up before dumping them out
on this table, I’m wondering what you think it would take to cause those
pieces to reassemble again into a fully functional cell phone. For
instance, what is the probability that a hurricane, a tornado, a fire, a
hailstorm, a tsunami, or any other force of nature might bring this to
N: It is impossible!
J: I agree! That is why I’m wondering how you can be satisfied with your
belief in the big-bag theory. We are so much more complex than this
cell phone. If the phone requires it’s original creator to reassemble it,
then doesn’t it stand to reason there has to be someone or something
greater than you and me responsible for creation?
N: I see what you mean. It takes more faith to believe in what I’ve been
taught to believe in, than what you believe in.