The Creation Explanation
|Intelligent, Purposeful Design in Nature|
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in
unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown
it to them.
Living Evidence of Design
Man is a rational and responsible being, created in the image of God. This is what the Bible teaches. Man was uniquely framed to love, worship and obey the God of creation. Even if he had never seen or heard of the Bible, the evidence of intelligent, purposeful design obvious in the world all around him speak to man's intellect concerning the power and deity of the Creator. The unbeliever then, in the words of Romans 1:20, is "without excuse," having ignored or rejected and suppressed the forceful testimony of the evidence for God in His creation.
Humans have always evidenced a persistent curiosity about everything in both their internal and external environment. They are also curious about things that may exist outside of their immediate observable environment. Curiosity about the origin of the universe, the starry heavens, the sun, earth, moon and planets, life on earth, the species of plants and animals, about man himself, and about God has led philosophers, naturalists and scientists from time immemorial to spin hypotheses. A scientific hypothesis is an informed guess by which a scientist attempts to explain certain observed data and to relate them to the rest of nature. The big question pondered by many great thinkers was whether the natural order they observed in the universe was the result merely of chance and natural causes or the result of intelligent, purposeful design. The creation model of origins is founded on the belief that the origin of all things in the natural world is, indeed, the result of intelligent, purposeful design and special creation, just as Moses recorded in the biblical Book of Genesis. This belief is a matter of faith for Christians. From the perspective of science it is an assumption, circumstantial evidence for which, according to the Bible and Christian believers, can be gleaned from observing the things which God has created.
Is there indeed evidence for intelligent, purposeful design in nature? We believe there is, and to answer this question a selection will be presented of remarkable instances of structures, functions and behavioral patterns in living things and also of complex structures and marvelous order in physical things ranging from atoms to the solar system. The facts presented require an explanation. What was their origin? The creation model of origins, firmly grounded in the truths revealed by God in the Bible, attributes the design and origin of all things to the intelligent will of an omnipotent, omniscient infinite-personal Spirit, God the Creator. In contrast, the evolutionary explanation proposes that a blind, unplanned, and purposeless materialistic process brought all things into their present state, in particular, originating life and all species of living creatures.
According to the evolutionary explanation, mutations and natural selection caused original "simple" living cells to develop into all of the millions of different species of plants and animals which have ever lived on the earth. Mutations are random (chance, unplanned) changes which occur from time to time in the genes and chromosomes of any population of plants or animals. According to the theory of natural selection, the conditions of the environment in which a species lives confer an advantage on those individual organisms that possess certain characters. For example, a gene mutation might produce a slightly different color of fur or feathers. This coloration might render the individual better camouflaged from detection by its predators. Mutation upon mutation upon mutation--minute changes by the million occurring over millions of years, each selected mutation being one which conferred an advantage to the creature in its environment--this is the process which supposedly produced all of the structures and relationships of living things, past and present. Can such a scheme offer a rational explanation for the origin of the entire world of living things? You the reader are asked to consider the evidence, exercise your powers of reason, and be the judge. You should not feel that the conclusions of "authorities" or "experts" are always objective, trustworthy or final. You are free to exercise reason in assessing the meaning of the pertinent evidence. You must be aware of your presuppositions and also of those of scientists, teachers or bureaucrats who presume to foist their evolutionary faith on everybody else. The decision and the responsibility are yours to think independently and logically in your search for truth.