“You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.”
It’s a nice thought, and bears some truth. After all, everything in the universe is, to use a phrase coined by Carl Sagan, “star stuff”.
But that doesn’t tell the whole story, does it?
“A junkyard contains all the bits and pieces of a Boeing 747, dismembered and in disarray. A whirlwind happens to blow through the yard. What is the chance that after its passage a fully assembled 747, ready to fly, will be found standing there?”
But this analogy doesn’t go far enough. In this fictional junkyard there are already parts of that airplane — they simply need to be repaired and assembled by the whirlwind.
To imply that you and I are simply the result of some “cosmic whirlwind” made up of “dead stars” would be closer to that whirlwind excavating a mountain, finding and refining ore, molding parts, distilling oil into plastics, creating insulated wire, and somehow assembling all those raw materials together into that plane.
It sounds absurd — because it is.
Implying that every life on Earth was somehow created from a random happenstance of the cosmos — without some divine intelligence “putting it all together” sounds ridiculous! Yet we’re just one planet, circling one star, in one corner of one galaxy in the entirety of the Universe.
Either some divine intelligence — whether you call Him Jesus, God, Allah, Thor, or any other name — had a hand in putting all that “star stuff” together into you and I and everything else in the Universe … or there an infinite number of “random happenstance” all around us.