Some evolutionists like to parody Genesis by saying, “In the beginning there was hydrogen” suggesting that everything came from hydrogen, but where did the hydrogen come from? Hydrogen is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that, given billions and billions of years produces planets, plants, and people. I choose to believe, “In the beginning, God….”
Many scientists who want to “ride the horse in opposite directions at the same time” tell us that there really is no conflict between the Bible and evolution; however, they are embarrassingly wrong. Of course, they have to twist Genesis and a hundred other verses like a pretzel to come close to making their claim reasonable. Look, it is rather simple: Did a sovereign God create the world and the universe out of nothing by His command or did the universe, world, and man happen by chance? And from those who believe it happened by chance I demand to know the origin of energy and matter. Then I demand to know how this could have happened without repealing the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics! Then I demand to know how scientific laws evolved. When did gravity, inertia, laws of planetary motion, etc., begin? And how did they begin? Just a few issues that I demand the scientists explain; however, most of them run from those questions like their hair is on fire.
In recent years, major university professors have written books suggesting Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution or in addition to evolution. Some of these men are professing Christians while others are not. All are highly respected men in their various disciplines. Their ID campaign has given evolutionists heartburn, and caused great howling and grinding of teeth. Breaks my heart!
Intelligent Design simply teaches that there are so many things such as the human eye that are so complex that they had to work at the very beginning of their evolution or they would be totally useless. Of course, Design is a good argument that some of us have been making for many years although not as eloquently as the new crop of anti-evolutionists. My local paper, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, had a cogent comment on the Free Press conservative editorial page suggesting, “Frankly, it seems that ‘intelligent design’ is a public relations cop-out to avoid a head-on collision with those who deny that ‘In the beginning God created….’ ” Right on target!
Intelligent Design is a cop-out for believers just as the gap theory, day-age theory, theistic evolution, and progressive evolution are. However, ID is at least a step in the right direction because scientists are acknowledging reality. The Free Press was suggesting that ID is really a capitulation to “scholarship,” “academia,” and “most scientists believe.” Intelligent Design is taught by some men who do not believe in the God of the Bible, and are fearful that anyone might think they believe in a resurrected Christ and authoritative Book to give direction to one’s life and information as to man’s origin. ID is a deistic philosophy that assumes design because it is “reasonable” not because of revelation.
Unbelieving evolutionists cannot accept ID because any supernaturalism gives God an opportunity for His involvement in the creation and in their personal lives. World-renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin wrote: “Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”
Well, well, an honest evolutionist! They know if God gets His “foot in the door,” He will hold them accountable for their personal sins, decisions, and beliefs.