‘Less Than 1 in 479 Million’: Mathematician Calculates Impossibility of Contriving Creation Account

GenesisCHARLESTON, W. Virginia – A mathematician with a historical timeline organization has calculated that there is less than a 1 in 479 million chance that Moses, the author of Genesis, made up the Biblical creation account.

Margaret Hunter is owner of Bible Charts and Maps: an organization that produces the Amazing Bible Timeline. The timeline is a circular chart that portrays Biblical events—based on the scholarship of Bishop James Ussher—alongside other significant historical happenings. According to Bible Charts and Maps’ website, over 50,000 people have purchased the Amazing Bible Timeline.

Recently, Hunter carefully analyzed the creation account in the book of Genesis and determined that, scientifically speaking, it is remarkably accurate. She explained to Christian News Network that scientific developments today confirm the Biblical order of the creation account—from the very first light to the creation of man.

“I realized the 12 items listed in the Genesis creation account are confirmed by scientists today as being in the correct order, starting with light being separated from darkness, plants coming before animals and ending with man,” Hunter stated.

Statistically speaking, the likelihood of Moses simply guessing the sequence of all the creation events, and happening to guess them all correctly, is infinitesimal. Hunter wanted to mathematically explore this possibility, so she recently calculated exactly how difficult it would have been for Moses to pinpoint the correct sequence by guesswork.

“Being a mathematician,” Hunter wrote in a recent article, “I like to think about things like this.”

In the article, Hunter compares the creation events to a stack of playing cards.

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“Think of the problem like this,” Hunter wrote. “Take a deck of cards. Keep just one suit—let’s say hearts. Toss out the ace. Hand the remaining twelve cards to a one year old child. Ask him/her to hand you the cards one at a time. In order. What are the chances said toddler will start with the two and give them all to you in order right up to the king?”

HunterAnd yet, says Hunter, that scenario illustrates how accurate the Bible’s creation account is.

“Moses had less than one chance in 479 million of just correctly guessing [the sequence of the creation account],” Hunter deduced.

“To me, the simplest explanation is Moses got it straight from the Creator,” she said.

Furthermore, Hunter told Christian News Network, the Bible’s accuracy is not limited to its first few chapters.

“The names, places and events in the Bible have all been confirmed back to King David by the writings and monuments found in surrounding nations,” she noted.

Hunter quoted a letter from the Smithsonian Department of Anthropology, which says “the Bible, in particular the historical books of the Old Testament, are as accurate historical documents as any that we have from antiquity and are in fact more accurate than many of the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, or Greek histories.”

Ultimately, says Hunter, “The Bible is not a book of mythical stories of made up people fighting made up enemies, but a factual history confirmed by archaeological evidence at least as far back as archaeology has been able to take it.”

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  • Rickuh

    I don’t believe Moses guessed on the creation account because I don’t believe he was the author of Genesis. Moses may have compiled the book of Genesis, but I believe the accounts of creation, Adam, Abraham, etc. were documented prior to the exodus.

    • Cillendor

      I agree. He was divinely guided to compile the book, but the various sections contained within are very likely firsthand accounts.

  • Vlad

    I am confused…

    If one can ‘prove’ a thing then it becomes a FACT.
    A FACT, by definition, does not require Belief….
    If Creation can be proved as a Fact then it does not require belief.

    So then. Since Evolution cannot be proven as a Fact.. it then becomes a Belief..

    Therefore..Creationism can be proven.. it is Science… and Evolution cannot be proven… it can only be Believed.. then it is Religion.

    • John

      But, evolution is fact, Vlad. 99.9% of the scientific community view it as a fact. There’s now thousands of things that support it and still not a single shred of evidence to suggest it’s wrong. This lady has only proven that maths can be forcibly applied to anything to make it seem like it could be real, the Bible is still just a book with no supporting evidence and many contradictions all over.

      • Thom Dunbar III

        Evolution is not viewed as fact by 99.9% of the scientific community (that percentage is way too high), as it is still officially a theory whose time is running out, and most of the top scientists have differences in opinion over many key issues.
        The Bible is a book with much supporting evidence and very few (if any) contradictions – and most of those due to copying errors, translation errors, and archaic words no longer fully understood.

    • The bible contradicts itself on many things. Nothing in science is ever fact. Science is not about proving things. It is about making models that accurately predict future data. You have no idea what science is. Evolution is every bit as verifiable and testable as is predicting the locations of the other planets in the solar system using general relativity and kepler’s/hubble’s laws. Pluto has only been known for 80 years. Yet its orbit is roughly 240 years. Does that mean any information about its orbit beyond 80 years is false because it hasn’t been seen? The same applies to evolution. If your ego cannot handle the fact that your/our ancestors were ape-like creatures, that is your own arrogant fault.

      • Thom Dunbar III

        Evolution is theory because it has never been verified and is not testable. This is science – predicting the locations of the other planets in the solar system using general relativity and kepler’s/hubble’s laws.
        Evolution is a belief system without basis in reality.
        The idea that science is about models and not facts must be a new radical idea, because science is always about establishing facts whenever possible. Theories and models are used when the facts haven’t yet been reached.

  • matt

    Genesis says that vegetation came before sunlight. Scientists, gardeners, farmers, etc say you need sunlight to grow plants. 100% accurate book that there bible.

  • Nic

    I wonder if they used the account in Genesis 1 or Genesis 2, because as anyone who’s actually read genesis knows, the orders of creation are different between the chapters. It is smart of them to make you pay to see their ‘science.’ Anyone who knows anything about the creation myth or science wouldn’t drop a dime on this thing, which saves them from most people (except for the type of person who will believe this garbage either way) tearing this propaganda apart. You are entitled to your own beliefs but never to your own facts. These people are financially exploiting the naivete of others. It’s sad.

    • Cillendor

      Actually no, the accounts in cc1-2 are the same. Chapter 1-2:3 give a broad explanation of all seven days in the creation week, and 2:4-25 give the details of Day 6. Nothing here is contradictory.

    • jesuslives4u2@live.com

      your funny NIC you read christian magazines and dont believe a word of it, Why are you reading christian magazines if you think the bible is garbage. That is soooo funny, its like me reading hustler magazine when it makes me absolutly discusting to do so. so I wouldnt waste my time with something so preverse. So why would you waist your time with something you dont believe in. Unless its to tear down others for there faith.

  • David Engle

    But Genesis clearly states that the Sun, Moon and stars were created on the 4th day, while the land and vegitation were created on the 3rd day. The sequence given in Genesis is simply wrong. But then, the probability of randomly guessing the wrong sequence is quite high, so this isn’t actually remarkable.

    • Tommy

      Hi David, you are correct in saying plants and trees were created on day 3 and the sun moon and stars on day 4. Plants and trees do need light, but what you have ommitted is that on day 1 God created light. Not all light originates only from our sun. There was day and night on the earth the 1st 3 days from this temporary light source which you do not mention. Also, plants and trees can live without sunlight for 24hrs day anyway. You may be starting with the assumption that the bible is false influencing your logic.

  • Only Sensible One Here

    The maths is nonsense. The analogy of the child picking cards is not relevant as that is a series of random trials but life on earth and the creation of earth itself has to happen in a certain order. For example trees have to come after the planet as they need something to exist on.

  • Andy

    In reference to:

    “I realized the 12 items listed in the Genesis creation account are confirmed by scientists today as being in the correct order, starting with light being separated from darkness, plants coming before animals and ending with man,”

    This is blatantly false. From the Skeptic’s annotated bible:

    In Genesis, the earth is created (1:1) before light (1:3), sun and stars (1:16); birds and whales (1:21) before reptiles and insects (1:24); and flowering plants (1:11) before any animals (1:20). The order of events known from science is in each case just the opposite.

  • Can someone clarify the difference between Genesis 1:25-27, and Genesis 2:18-19?

    Or the difference between [Genesis 11:7-9, 1 Corinthians 1:27] and [1 Corinthians 14:33]?

  • Debbie

    It amazes me how many people are writing here that don’t believe in the bible at all and are reading a christian magazine.
    You either believe in the bible or you dont. If you dont believe in the bible then you dont believe its Gods word. If you believe then you believe it all. In doing so you recieve wonderful gifts from God. You have to really dwell in His words to understand the true meanings in every event in the bible. There are stories within a story and meanings not just the event but the meaning behind the event. But if you want to doubt everything then you wont see the purpose behind the words. I read people here sounding so intelligent and yet they dont see the truth behind the Words God has given us to live by. Its a real study in theology. I found great joy and peace in those words that people doubt. God bless you all and I hope that all will understand His words.

  • If evolution is 99.9% correct, the question is: is the bible anti-evolution?