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The Astounding Evidence for God’s Existence: Intelligent Design/Science (Part 3 of 4)

March 22, 2010

“We should reject, as a matter of principle, the substitution of intelligent design for the dialogue of chance and necessity; but we must concede that there are presently no detailed Darwinian accounts of the evolution of any biochemical system, only a variety of wishful speculations.“  -Biochemist Franklin M. Harold

Today more than ever it is believed that science is the highest form of knowledge. Science is seen as rational and the absolute truth. If it can’t be tested by the scientific method; then it cannot be true or rational.  Faith and science are seen as two completely different worldviews at odds with each other. The truth of the matter is that science actually supports theistic belief. Over the last fifty years or so, with the advance of technology research methods we’re beginning to see how truly remarkable life is with fine-precision and complexity.

The design proof, popularized by William Parley, is the second of three major proofs for the existence of God. Like the cosmological proof, the design proof can be stated in three simple sentences:

1) Every design had a designer.

2) The universe has a design.

3) Therefore, the universe has a design.

Every design has a designer. This is a very obvious statement that no one dares to debate. Every building, painting, piece of clothing, or computer program comes from the mind of a designer. Intelligent design doesn’t come together at random any more than a dictionary could come from an explosion from a print shop! Design simply states a designer is responsible.

The universe has a design. How do we know this? By looking around and observing the universe. The design we see is intricate and complex. One example of this is by looking at a single-cell animal. In a single-cell animal there is the same amount of information as one thousand volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. If it reasonable to believe that computers, cameras, and cars need intelligent causes like humans to create them, then why do people find it so hard to understand the need for an intelligent cause of human existence? We’ve become blind to the truth all around us; ignoring it and accepting lies.  “Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” -Romans 1:19, 20. We have no excuse not to see that everything before us was specially created for a unique purpose in mind. God has made it clear that He is behind the design of life!

Therefore, the universe has a design. If the above two statements are correct, then this is the logical conclusion. Intelligence gives rise to intelligence. You can’t get intelligence from non-intelligence, “natural forces” have never been observed producing the kind of specified complexity found in a living cell. As one scientist figured the odds of a one-cell animal to come forth naturally by pure chance is 1 in 1040000(or a 10 with 40,000 zeroes after it!) It takes much more faith to believe in this than it does to believe that an intelligent cause is behind life.  Now let’s look at some examples of how impressive intelligent design really is:

The impression of design is simply overwhelming. Life at its root requires information. This information is stored in DNA and protein molecules. Also there’s the evidence for design in molecular machines that defy all explanation by what the Darwinian natural selection. These machines are what microbiologist Michael Behe calls ”signal transduction circuits, sophisticated motors, and all kinds of biological circuitry.“  These biological machines need all of their various parts in order to function. Natural selection only preserves things that perform a function or to put it simply– help the organism survive to the next generation. This is where the term “survival of the fittest” comes from. As Darwin once said “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” As irony would have it, he’s right…

The theory of irreducible complexity is a strong theory that disputes natural selection made popular by the microbiologist Michael Behe. According to this theory, a system or device is irreducibly complex if it has a number of different components that all work together to accomplish the take of the system, and if you were to remove one of the components, the system would cease to function.  A good example of this is a mouse trap–take just one of the parts away (the spring or the metal bar) and it becomes broken. It doesn’t work at all. As Michael Behe states” Evolution can’t produce an irreducibly complex biological machine suddenly, all at once, because it’s much too complicated. The odds against that would be prohibitive.”

So you ask what’s an example of irreducible complexity? One amazing example is the biological machine that is bacterial flagellum. Bacterial flagellum works like an outboard motor on a boat only it’s even more incredible than this example. The flagellum’s propeller is long and whiplike, made out of a protein called falellin. This is attached to a drive shaft by hook protein allowing the propeller and drive shaft to rotate freely. Several types of proteins act as bushing material to allow the drive shaft to penetrate the bacterial wall and attach to the rotary motor. The flagellum’s propeller can spring ten thousand revolutions per minute! Professor Howard Berg from Harvard University calls this” the most efficient motor in the universe.” One last profound thing about bacterial flagellum is its size. The flagellum is the size of a couple of microns and microns are about 1/20,000 of an inch. Not to mention that the motor of the flagellum is about 1/100,000th of an inch! This is just one incredible example of how complex life is!

Blood clotting is another example of how truly remarkable irreducible complexity is. If your blood doesn’t clot in the right place, in the right amount, and in the right time, you bled to death. Blood clotting involves about ten steps that use about twenty different molecular components. Take one step away from the process and you die. To create a perfectly balanced system, clusters of protein components must be inserted all at once. This is another strong dispute against Darwinism.

The world around us shouts forth God’s glory revealing His character, intelligence, and majesty. Everywhere we turn we can see the handwork and delicate design of our God. As the psalmist said:

“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 display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” -Psalm 19:1-4

From creation we can see that God loves variety, is infinitely intelligent, is powerful, delights in beauty, and loves order. Also God has a sense of humor, takes joy in playfulness, and is vastly creative beyond measure! So observe and take wonder in the power of a wave crashing into the beach, the beauty of a butterfly or a sunset, the playfulness of dolphins, or the unique shape of a platypus! Be in amazement at the vast universe around us- the grand, awe-inspiring works of our God! Marvel at how wonderful crafted you are and how the human body works! Never stop learning about the world around you, continue to discover what God has laid out before you, just so you could take delight in Him! How truly marvelous, wonderful, and magnificent our God is!

There are many more examples of irreducible complexity and intelligent design I could give that I simply don’t have the time or space to write on. For more information, look into one of the following resources: The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel, Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe, Mere Creation by William Dembski, The Face That Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution by Hank Hanegraaff, or Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells. Also there’s many online articles and websites that give much more detailed information than I provide here.

**Next week we’ll conclude this month-long series on the evidence for the existence of God by looking at the moral argument. The questions we’ll look into are: How do we know what’s right and wrong?, Does everyone have the same discernment of what’s right and wrong?, and Where does this come from? God Bless**

March 22, 2010 - Posted by | Guest Post Kyle Jackson |

1 Comment »

  1. Christianity and Evolution

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