Miracles Without End
The point we have been making in this series of articles
is that the existence of mankind—or of living things generally—isn’t
just one miracle, it is a succession of innumerable miracles. Every
beneficial combination of factors to produce the simplest mechanism for
evolution to occur would require more miracles.
All this and more are why evolution can rationally be
classified as one of the "worst superstitions of all time."30
And it explains why Dr. Holroyd is correct in concluding that evolution
is not just physical and mathematical nonsense, "it is logical nonsense
as well, for a sound thinker does not assume anything which must be
deduced from his theory."31
So perhaps now we have some idea of the odds against
evolution. Neither words nor figures can adequately convey them. But two
final illustrations may help.
Texas Silver Dollars
On a cross-country drive, co-author John Weldon
recently drove through the great state of Texas. As he drove through
Texas, he was reminded of an illustration of Professor Don Stoner used
in our book on messianic prophecy.32
In that book we showed that the odds that, by chance alone, Jesus would
fulfill only eight Old Testament prophecies, was 1 in 1017.
To illustrate how infinitesimal such a chance is we used the state of
First, we filled the entire state of Texas two feet
deep with silver dollars. We marked one with an "X" and stirred up all
the silver dollars throughout the state. Then, we blindfolded, say, an
evolutionist, had him drive anywhere he wished in the state of Texas,
stop, get out of his car, reach down into the silver dollars and pick
one out. The odds that he would find the one marked silver dollar are 1
in 1017, or one
in one hundred quadrillion, or one in 100 million billion.
Now, anyone who has driven through Texas knows how
long it takes. You drive and drive and drive for hours before you reach
another state. If you imagine that as you drive, everywhere you look,
the land is covered with silver dollars two feet deep, the mind
boggles—and yet your field of vision from the road is only an
infinitesimal part of Texas. To drive the entire state so that you saw
every acre would take years.
Yet this number, one chance in 1017,
is nothing compared to one chance in 101,000,
the chance distinguished evolutionists gave for the formation of
a simply precursor to life. Trying to comprehend one chance in 10100,000,000,000,
the chance development of a simple bacterium, would drive one insane. In
telling us to believe that such odds are not only conceivable but also
probable, evolutionists would drive us all bananas.
Electrons and Gigantic Balls
Consider a final illustration, again of a number
infinitely smaller than 101,000.
How large is the number one in 10157?
157 zeros. Let us try to illustrate the size of this number.
Electrons are very small objects. They are much, much
smaller than atoms. As noted previously, it would take 2.5 times 1015
of them, laid side by side, just to make one inch. Even if we counted
four electrons every second and counted day and night, it would still
take us 19 million years just to count a line of electrons one-inch
But how many electrons are we dealing with in 10157
electrons? Imagine building a solid ball of electrons that would extend
in all directions from the earth a length of 6 billion light years. The
distance in miles of just one light year is 6.4 trillion miles.
That would be an incredibly big ball! But not big enough to measure 10157
In order to do that, you must take that big ball of
electrons reaching the length of 6 billion light years long in all
directions and multiply it by 6 x 1028!
How big is that? It’s the length of the space required to store
trillions and trillions and trillions of the same gigantic balls and
more. In fact, the space required to store all of these balls combined
together would just start to "scratch the surface" of the number of
electrons we would need to really accurately speak about 10157.
But assuming you have some idea of the number of
electrons we are talking about, now imagine marking just one of those
electrons in that huge number. Stir them all up. Then appoint an
evolutionist to travel in a rocket for as long as he wants, anywhere he
wants to go in a 30 billion light year diameter. Tell him to stop and
segment a part of space, then take a high-powered microscope and find
that one marked electron in that segment. What do you think would be his
chances for success? It would be one in 10157.
Again, how small is one chance in 10157?
The number 10157
can be further illustrated this way. We earlier saw that the number of
atoms in the universe was estimated at 1078.
You could take these 1078
atoms and expand each one to the size of our own universe, with
each universe having 1078
atoms. The total number of atoms in all these 1078
universes would be 10157.
Yet we saw that Bradley and Thaxton calculated the
chance that one single protein molecule would evolve at about one chance
trillions of times larger than one chance in 10157.
The odds of finally evolving just one man may be
conservatively put at one chance in 1010 or
one chance in 101,000,000,000,000.
This is a figure with a trillion zeros. If written out in a
single line it would extend some 300,000 miles—and circle the earth 24
times. It would require a million books just to print it! Yet
again, beyond one chance in 1050,
no chance remains—ever, even in all eternity, for an event to
We hope the above material has given the reader at
least some small comprehension of the faith of the evolutionist. It is,
again, a wonderfully large faith, a faith so large it fills the whole
universe to produce miracles without end.
30. Howard Byington Holroyd, "Darwinism is Physical
and Mathematical Nonsense" Creation Research Society Quarterly.
June 1972, p. 13.
31. Ibid., p. 12.
32. John Ankerberg, John Weldon, The Case for
Jesus the Messiah (Chattanooga, TN: Ankerberg Theological Research