Where Did It All Come From?
Christianity and the materialistic worldview of modern skeptics offer very contrasting explanations for the origin of nature and of life. Are the plants and animals, as well as their home, the earth, the work of a benevolent and all-powerful Creator, or the result of blind and meaningless physical forces operating on eternal matter over the course of eons?
On this question, at least two statements should be considered axiomatic. First, our convictions on this subject have drastic implications for every aspect of life, especially the most fundamental ones. We cannot afford to avoid the question, nor answer incorrectly! Second, it should be just as obvious that the Christian answer is overwhelmingly preferable to the hopeless one given by unbelievers. It always shocks me that people should fight tooth and nail to defend the idea that they are a mere set of atoms with no more absolute value than the nearest mud puddle.
Complex Systems Show Design
Fortunately for us, God has left evidence that his eternal wisdom is responsible for the natural world. At every level in nature, we observe complex systems with interacting parts; such systems fail if even one part is absent. The logical explanation for the origin of these systems is that they were designed by an Intelligent Mind, not by the slow aggregation of elements over the course of millions of years.
I am often stymied by mechanical problems in my car. It seems like when one, even relatively small, problem arises, the functioning of the whole vehicle breaks down. This is because all the parts were designed — imagined, shaped, and put together — to work in conjunction. If we can deduce by looking at such a system that it was formed by intelligence, much more should we make this conclusion when looking at biology. Each cell of each organism is far more complex than a car — or a spaceship for that matter!
Examples of Design
One has only to look at a diagram of a cell to see that it runs like a well-organized factory. DNA — libraries-full of blueprints — contain instructions for the development and final form of each micro and macro structure in an organism. Chemical reactions and various organs work together to ensure proper functioning of each needed bodily action. On a holistic level, each animal requires a large number of systems (digestive, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, etc.), and the breakdown of even one would be fatal. Our bodies — and that of every other organism — feature complexity on top of complexity.
Beyond that, environments and behaviors require specialization. In order to bang against trees and find its food, a woodpecker needs a strong beak, shock absorbers in its cranium, and a long, sticky tongue to remove insects. These traits would be useless or harmful if not present simultaneously in a specialized system with a specific purpose. The interactions of many organisms in a “food web” of a given habitat also demonstrates complexity that is dependent on its constituent parts. All of this points to design!
Since the idea of creation is considered religious, and the teaching of religion is prohibited in schools of this country, naturalistic accounts for the world’s origin are allowed free reign in our classrooms as well as the unfounded boast that they are the only reasonable and objectively valid explanations. I’m often led to wonder if people don’t just grow up believing this lie because it is repeated to them so frequently and vehemently.
The logical failings of evolution are worth investigating, and all the more so because the myth deprives us of our humanity and invalidates our search for truth, morality, and purpose. Nature honors its Creator as it displays his handiwork (Psalm 19:1-6; 139:14; Romans 1:19-20). The glory of the incorruptible God is nothing to dispose of lightly.