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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, May 10, 2000
Dear Colleagues,

CREATION: CHANCE? OR DESIGN?

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Good Morning!

 As I write, I am situated on a South Sea island, amidst a menagerie  of nature’s exquisite beauty: Bursting yellow flowers pocked with blotches of red; a cacophony of chirping birds; beautifully ripening mangoes falling from heavily laden trees. And this of course, is all happening by chance!  Hardly:

“…That which is known about God is evident within [mankind]; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”  (Rom. 1:19, 20)

French philosopher, Henri Bergson (“Creative Evolution) questioned the validity of random selection in the evolutionary process, especially as it related to the complexity of certain life forms.  The eye for example,

Bergson found it implausible to suppose that the co-adapted variations in the countless parts of the eye could have been random. What was maintaining the continuity of functions while the various forms were altering?  Surely, he proposed, there must have been a vital impulse directing and channeling the growth of these complex parts and organisms as a whole:

‘Two points are equally striking in an organ like an eye:The complexity of its structure and the simplicity of its function…Just because the act is simple, the slightest negligence on the part of nature in the building of the infinitely complex machine would have made vision impossible.’”+

Yet Bergson, by refusing –  as evolutionists typically do – to even consider the possibility of a divine being behind the creative process, exhibited the truth of Psalm 10:4, “The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’”

According to Professor Philip E. Johnson (U.C., Berkeley), “The issue is whether (evolutionary) materialism and rationality are the same thing.  Darwinism is based on an a priori commitment to materialism, not on a philosophically neutral assessment of the evidence. Separate the philosophy from the science, and the proud tower collapses.”  ++

God’s answer to creation is obvious to the believer, but foolishness to the atheist, “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”  (Heb. 11:3)  As His followers, we choose to rest on the truth of His word!

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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