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Reasons to Believe – Mon – 22-07-11

Do you visit the hairdresser or barber? Most of us do. A barber is an example of a personal service. People often need someone else to provide personal services that they aren’t skilled to do or are too difficult to manage. Many different personal services exist besides haircuts, including nail care, massage and chiropractic adjustments.

Did you know that fish also need personal care services? Many predatory fish develop dirty teeth and gills. Debris from meals and parasites clutter their mouths. What do they do? They rely on small fish to clean their teeth. They open their mouths and let the small fish swim in to tidy up. When finished, the small fish swim back out. The small fish gets something to eat and the big fish gets a clean smile. A very similar relationship exists between one species of bird and the Nile crocodile. The croc opens up and in steps the bird to pick his teeth clean.*

These symbiotic relationships fly in the face of evolutionary theory. Several different species would need to evolve in a symbiotic way, which defies the odds. How would the crocodile know not to eat the bird, the first time this occurred? How could it ever learn through generations of evolution to just hold its mouth open rather than gobble down a meal? On the other hand, these relationships between animals provide one more reason to believe in an intelligent creator God.

*Scott M. Huse, The Collapse of Evolution (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1983), p. 76.

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Reasons to Believe – Tue – 22-03-22

Have you considered the complexity of the human eye? From the six muscles that move it, to the pupil and lens that focus light, to the molecular processes of the retina, to the transmission and processing of the signals to the brain, it is a marvel! Many see it as evidence that an intelligence designed all the complex, interrelated systems. But Nathan Lents, a Professor of Molecular Biology, disagrees. He points to the defects in human sight, such as near sightedness, color blindness, macular degeneration and more. He concludes, “Why an intelligent designer would deny his favorite creatures the excellent vision that he provided lowly birds is quite a mystery.”

But, could the existence of defects in sight actually prove an intelligent designer? Cornelius Hunter, who holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology, thinks so. In his article “Did Nathan Lents Refute Design,” he argues that defective vision would never survive according to evolutionary theory, which is all about the survival of the fittest. He also points out that Lents’ argument is not about science, but metaphysics.*

For believers in the bible, it is quite reasonable that defects in human sight exist. That’s because the perfect world God designed was broken by sin. So continue to view the human eye as evidence of God’s design. And the existence of the diseases and defects in human sight also refute the theory of evolution.

*Cornelius Hunter, “Did Nathan Lents Refute Design?” Evolution News & Science Today, January 21, 2022, https://evolutionnews.org/2022/01/did-nathan-lents-refute-design/.

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Believe: Design – Sat – 21-06-05

Take a moment to look at your cell phone. Isn’t it a marvel of design and engineering? Do you realize that if certain things in it were changed just a bit, it wouldn’t work? There are a lot of antennas and other sources of interference within your phone. Engineers spend hours to place them in the smallest, most compact design in order to isolate the signals. Otherwise they would disrupt the functioning of other parts of the phone.

Did you know the earth and the universe are the same? If you change a few things, just a bit, then life would not exist. For instance:

  • Change the oxygen level in the atmosphere – too much and things would burst into flame; too little and we’d suffocate.
  • Change the rotation of the earth – if it took more than 24 hours, half the planet would be burning hot while the other half was freezing. Speed the rotation up and the winds would howl like a constant hurricane.
  • Change the rate of expansion of the universe — just one millionth slower, and it would have collapsed without forming stars. It if expanded faster, galaxies would not have formed.

There are 122 such constants that have been discovered.* Tweak them a bit and we don’t exist. We look at a cell phone and know it was designed. When we see these facts about the universe — and that they are just right for life — how can you not think it was all designed by God?

*Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004), 98-106.

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Believe: Design – Sat – 21-03-06

I recently purchased a new vehicle. It’s a lot like the vehicles I’ve had for many years. It has four tires, a metal body and safety glass windows. The engine runs on gasoline, uses motor oil and has an air filter. It is connected to an automatic transmission to drive the wheels.

But this vehicle is also very different. It is the first car I have owned that connects to my home Wi-Fi to download updates! It has a global positioning system that can display a map in the dash. The car actually has some sort of vision. Place it in cruise control and it adapts to the speed of vehicles in front of it, speeding up or slowing down. It can even apply the brakes! It can also watch the road and steer itself between the lines, which is great, but it still requires me to hold the wheel and beeps at me if I don’t! I can even use an app on my phone to lock it, start it, locate it in a parking lot, or view a health report!

I really appreciate all the man-years of engineering that have created and improved automobiles! They are a product of intelligent design and quality manufacturing!

Like my car, our fantastically complex world is also the product of intelligent design, God’s design. When you see the complexities of nature, I hope you are reminded and I hope you stop and give praise to God as well!

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