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The International Conference on the Origin of Life and the Universe was held by the Technics & Science Research Foundation in collaboration with Reasons to Believe on August 24th, 2016 in Istanbul. The event hosted scientists from the USA and Turkey as keynote speakers.

With the attendance of academicians, researchers, students and businessmen from various countries, this important international conference took on a remarkable responsibility in highlighting the importance of science and sharing the scientific data conveyed by the latest scientific developments. Hosting leading academicians, all experts in their respective areas, the conference proved that genetics, biology, paleontology, physics, chemistry and astrophysics all answer the question ‘How did life begin?’ with ‘Creation’.

Key Scientific Points Collapsing Evolutionary Dogma

One of the scientists attending the conference, Dr. Fazale Rana, who is a biochemist and the Vice President of Reasons to Believe, delivered his speech, “Why do I believe God exists?” He asserted with the following words, “I was convinced that chemical and physical processes alone could not generate life itself. This realization, coupled with the elegant design and biochemical systems, forced me to the conclusion — for intellectual reasons alone — that a Creator must indeed exist and must have been responsible for bringing life into being.”

The topic of the second speech, given by molecular biologist Dr. Anjeanette Roberts, was “Equivocating Evolution.” Dr. Roberts’ talk was primarily focused on the misuse of some  terms and how the scientific data points to a highly complex, diversified creation, “… Creationism is a reasonable and rational conclusion, concordant with the data, accounting for the diversity and early appearance of complex life. And it also accounts for the fine-tuning and intelligibility of the universe…”

Astrophysicist Dr. Jeff Zweerink made important remarks on ‘The Beginning and Creation of the Universe.’ He said, “However, close inspection of the latest scientific evidence provides strong evidence that God exists. The Torah and prophets describe a universe that began to exist, one governed by constant laws of physics and expanded by God over time. Inflationary big bang cosmology affirms that we live in a universe matching this description. Our universe shows exquisite fine-tuning for life to exist. It looks designed for life!”

In his speech entitled, ‘The Collapse of the Theory of Evolution and the Fact of Creation,’ neurosurgeon Dr. Oktar Babuna affirmed, “The most powerful and fundamental evidence, which refutes Darwinism, is the impossibility of proteins to emerge by chance. The point that really needs to be emphasized here is this: there have to be other proteins for proteins to come into existence. The reason for this is that proteins can only be produced by other proteins that function as enzymes. In order to produce just a single protein molecule, at least 100 different enzymes (proteins), DNA, ribosomes, mitochondria must exist. In other words, a complete living cell with all of its organelles is needed to produce just a single protein.”

Science Is Vital In Observing God’s Creation In The Universe

All these scientific findings point us in the direction of Creation. Albert Einstein once said, “The scientists’ religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection. The owner of this awe-inspiring intelligence is God.” Actually, we don’t need to hear this truth from a scientist to understand this obvious fact; our own intelligence is enough to show us the existence of a Creator because we all have the capability of assessing what we see and come to a conclusion.

Reason and scientific evidence reveals God’s Creation throughout the universe. All the divine faiths teach us this fact, which makes science compatible with religion. Needless to say, science and technology, which advance at a mind-boggling rate, are our biggest helpers in this understanding. Everywhere we look, we see an incredible order; from the perfect mechanisms of millions of different species to the endless variety of vegetables and fruits, from the delicate balances on our planet to the precise levels of oxygen in the air. Knowing and seeing all of this is enough to make us clearly realize the existence of God, Who has infinite wisdom.

God Informs of His Creation of the Heavens and the Earth in Scripture

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)

“Everything is obedient to Him. The Originator of the Heavens and Earth. When He decides on something, He just says to it, ‘Be!’ and it is.” (Surat al-Baqara, 117).

In his beautiful and heartfelt words praising our Lord’s great artistry, Dr. AJ Roberts summarizes how believers from all walks of life use their insight in appreciating God’s Creation: “Nature is a reliable revelation of God. The Scriptures tell us that God reveals Himself in nature. And He has created us for inquiry and discovery. He wants to be known. In conclusion, God wants to be known and He has revealed Himself clearly to those who have an open mind and a humble heart.”

Be they Christian or Muslim, believers are in awe and take great pleasure in contemplating  God’s Signs day and night, knowing that science is a great tool and a blessing for us all.

Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya) is an influential Turkish author and opinion leader. He has authored more than 300 books translated into 76 languages on politics, religion and science.

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