“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
― Isaac Newton, The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
The Intelligent Design Theory is not biblical creationism. There is an important distinction between the two positions. Biblical creationists begin with a conclusion that the biblical account of creation is reliable and correct, that life on Earth was designed by an intelligent agent—God. They then look for evidence from the natural realm to support this conclusion. Intelligent Design theorists begin with the natural realm and reach the conclusion that life on Earth was designed by an intelligent agent (whoever that might be).
Wernher von Braun, the first director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre, who's known as 'the father of the American space programme,' stated in a published article in May 1974: 'One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be a design and purpose behind it all...The better we understand the intricacies of the universe...the more reason we have found to marvel at the inherent design upon which it is based...To be forced to believe only one conclusion - that everything in the universe happened by chance - would violate the very objectivity of science itself...What random process could produce the brains of a man or the system of the human eye?...They [evolutionists] challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?...They say they cannot visualise a designer. Well, can a physicist visualise an electron? What strange rationale makes some physicists accept the inconceivable electron as real, while refusing to accept the reality of a designer on the ground that they cannot conceive Him?'
This devotional you are reading was not the result of an explosion in a printing press. No, if there's a book, then there must be a publisher. If there's a building, then there must be an architect and builder. If there's a work of art, then there must be an artist. 'Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.'
Believers should follow the example of Christ, whose goal was not to be politically correct—nor was it to be associated with or respected by the intellectual elite. And He certainly was not inclined to formulate His ideas based on majority opinion or the ideas of man. He believed truth; He revealed truth; and He was (and is) truth. His teaching strategy focused on truth. We should take every opportunity to do the same by teaching people the truth God has deliberately revealed to us about creation in His Word, rather than just refuting secular ideas or settling for uninspired alternatives. Christians have the wonderful and unique asset of a model that has answers provided by and pointing to the God who saves. Let’s not settle for some god who doesn’t.
Of course, I could go on and on and on citing the wonders of gravity and magnetism that science still cannot fully explain, the flawless rhythm of the solar system, the perfect balance of nitrogen and oxygen in earth’s atmosphere that makes life possible, the amazing order in nature that forms a self-supporting system of life, reproduction, and waste disposal. But is any of this necessary? What more evidence do we need that our world has been created with intelligence and purpose than the beauty, order, and design we see around us and within us?
No person who has ever been created is an accident, a fluke of nature, the hapless by-product of the union of a man and a woman, or the result of millions of years of unguided mishaps. Every person who has ever been born is a unique creation, an intentional work of art crafted by the hand of the master artist.
Someone once told me, “I don’t believe in God.” I said, “That’s unfortunate, because God believes in you.” Before you were even born, before God began to fashion and form you, before He began to knit you together in your mother’s womb, He had a dream for you and a plan for your life. He had a holy calling for you to fulfill. Paul told Timothy that it was God “who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Tim. 1:9).
Our belief in God is a belief of faith. We have faith in His Son for salvation, faith in His Word for instruction, and faith in His Holy Spirit for guidance. Our faith in God should be absolute, since when we put our faith in God, we depend on a perfect, omnipotent, omniscient Creator. Our belief in science should be intellectual and nothing more. We can count on science to do many great things, but we can also count on science to make mistakes. If we put faith in science, we depend on imperfect, sinful, limited, mortal men. Science throughout history has been wrong about many things, such as the shape of the earth, powered flight, vaccines, blood transfusions, and even reproduction. God is never wrong.