It Just Happened

Here are our choices.

The first choice is, "It just happened". It just happened that the whole universe was formed by the accidental compression and explosion of gases. That just happened to result in the formation of planetary systems. Of those planets, The Earth just happened. It just happened that Earth was ninety-three million miles away from the sun. It just happened that Earth's atmosphere was the correct balance of gases. It just happened that this balance was fortuitous enough to be seventy-nine percent nitrogen, twenty percent oxygen, and one percent variant gases. It just happened that around the Earth there is a blanket of ozone that protects life on earth from cosmic rays. It just happened that the there is a ratio of about two-thirds water to one-third land. It just happened that this water was a combination of molecules and protein that happened to come together at the right time, at the right place, in the right proportions, under the right pressure, under the right heat, and it just happened that this incredible series of events resulted in the first living cell. And it just happened that from that one cell, all life that you see formed. Trees, kangaroos, whales, butterflies, grass, Charles Manson, snakes, puppies, and bald eagles all came from that same cell. To hell with the First Law of Thermodynamics1, Second Law of Thermodynamics2, or any modicum of common sense. It just happened and that's all you need to know.

The second choice is Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

1 - The First Law of Thermodynamics clearly states that nothing is now coming into existence or going out of existence. Matter and energy may be converted into one another, but there is no net increase in the combined total of what exists. If the First Law is correct, without God, how did anything come into being?
2 - The Second Law of Thermodynamics states every system, left to its own devices, always tends to move from order to disorder, its energy tending to be transformed into lower levels of availability (for work), ultimately becoming totally random and unavailable for work. ...or... The entropy of a closed system cannot decrease.

"There is thus no justification for the view, often glibly repeated, that the Second Law of Thermodynamics is only statistically true, in the sense that microscopic violations repeatedly occur, but never violations of any serious magnitude. On the contrary, no evidence has ever been presented that the Second Law breaks down under any circumstances."
[A.B. Pippard, Elements of Chemical Thermodynamics for Advanced Students of Physics, p. 100.]