1. In Natural LawsHave you ever looked up at the stars on a clear, moonless night and asked yourself, "Where did thisuniverse come from"? Some people believe that the material universe has always existed thateverything is made of matter-- that matter is all there is. This philosophy is called "Materialism," (notto be confused with the desire for material wealth). This philosophy leaves no room for God.The Bible, however, declares that the material universe had a beginning: "In the beginning, Godcreated the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). The Bible also declares that the material universewill come to an end: "The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire"(2 Peter 3:10).Which of these world views is correct? Is the material universe eternal? Or did God create everythingaccording to a plan?The First Law of ThermodynamicsMaterialists usually refer to the First Law of Thermodynamics to support their belief that the universeis eternal. The term "thermodynamics" comes from two Greek words: "thermos" meaning "heat," and"dynamos" meaning "force" or "energy."The First Law of Thermodynamics states that, in a closed system such as our universe, energy canneither be created nor destroyed. Not one calorie of energy ceases to exist. It merely changes fromusable to unusable form. The quantity (total amount) of energy in the universe remains the same.Materialists point to the First Law of Thermodynamics as proof that the universe is eternal. Theyreason that if energy can neither be created nor destroyed, the universe must have existed forever.It was not created.But the First Law of Thermodynamics does not say the universe is eternal. It simply says that energyis being conserved. As far as we can observe, the actual amount of energy in the universe is notchanging.The Second Law of ThermodynamicsIf the energy level in the universe remains the same, why do we humans run out of energy? Why dowe get tired? Why do we need to eat several meals a day and sleep at night to keep going? Why doour flashlight batteries run out of energy and die? Why does the fire go out in the fireplace?
The answer to these questions is found in the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Albert Einstein, oneof the greatest scientists of the twentieth century, described the Second Law of Thermodynamics asthe "premier law of all sciences."The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that, in a closed system (a closed system is one that isnot influenced by outside forces), everything is moving toward a state of disorder. Even though thequantity of energy in the universe is always the same, the quality of energy is being degraded. Theamount of usable energy is decreasing. It is being used up.Our universe is moving from a state of order to a state of disorder. This tendency toward disorderand loss of usable energy is called "entropy." Entropy always moves toward disorder, never in theopposite direction.Suppose, for example, a woman goes to the beauty shop and gets her hair styled. Then, she worksin a factory for a year without washing or combing her hair. At the end of the year, what will her hairlook like? Her hair will have moved from a state of order to a state of disorder.We can observe the Second Law of Thermodynamics at work in our world. Metal rusts. Meat rots.Milk sours. Heat cools. The human body grows old and dies. If you leave a car out in the weatherwithout starting the engine or inflating the tires, what will it look like after twenty years?We can also observe this law at work in the heavens. Inside the stars, billions of tons of hydrogenare being consumed every second. According to scientists, our sun is half way through its life cycle.Half of its original hydrogen has been burned up.The SunThe sun is a huge furnace made up of its own fuel. With the passing of every second, 661 milliontons of its hydrogen atoms fuse (bond together) forming 657 million tons of helium. Hydrogen is thefuel. Helium is the ash. This fusion releases four million tons of energy in the form of electromagneticradiation which provides heat and light for the earth.The sun is slowly burning up its fuel supply. Eventually, the sun and all the stars in the universe willexperience a "heat death." Their fires will die out because there will be nothing left to burn.Suppose you see a man holding a burning candle and you ask him, "How long has that candle beenburning?" And he replies, "Forever." What would you think? You probably would laugh. The verythought of a candle burning forever is absurd.The sun and the stars are like giant candles. They are burning up their fuel. If the universe wereeternal, the stars would have burned their hydrogen supplies long ago. They would be heat dead.The universe would be in total darkness and without heat.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics proves that the universe is not eternal.Radioactive MaterialsAnother example of the Second Law of Thermodynamics at work is seen in radioactive materials.Radioactive materials such as uranium are losing their energy by radiation. When uranium loses itsenergy, it becomes lead. If the universe were eternal, there would be no uranium left. All of it wouldhave turned to lead. In fact, if the universe were eternal, there would be no radioactive material ofany kind.The universe is not eternal. It had a beginning, just as the Bible says.The Law of BiogenesisThere is another well-known law of science that supports the Biblical account of creation. It is theLaw of Biogenesis, meaning "the beginning of life." This law states that life comes from living things.Life does not come from lifeless matter.Scientists have tried for centuries to generate life out of lifeless material, but these scientists havealways failed. There is no such thing as "spontaneous generation." Life does not arise from lifelessmatter. Life comes from living things. Ultimately, life comes from a living God.ConclusionThe philosophy of Materialism says that the universe is eternal. The Second Law ofThermodynamics says that the universe is not eternal. Therefore, Materialism is unscientific. It is anout-of-date nineteenth-century philosophy. Materialism is a myth.The universe had a beginning. The Law of Entropy declares that the energy/matter in the universe isdegenerating, not evolving. Mindless matter does not create order. Only intelligence can createorder. According to the Bible, God is the supreme intelligence who is responsible for the order foundin the universe.How did the universe come into being? The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy/mattercan neither be created nor destroyed within our universe. That means that the universe was createdby a power outside itself. The Bible calls him God.Most scientists now believe that the universe began with a "bang." They also agree that whateverbegins to exist has a cause. The universe had a beginning. Therefore, the universe has a cause.The Bible calls him God."In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).
"God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out theheavens by his understanding." (Jeremiah 10:12)."By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth"(Psalm 33:6)."By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at Gods command, so that what is seen wasnot made out of what was visible" (Hebrews 11:3). God created the universe out of nothing.It is more reasonable to believe that an all-powerful, eternal, intelligent God created the universethan to believe the universe created itself.How could anything create itself?