Naturalists believe that the earth developed without design by impersonal matter and natural laws the result of some energized primal “goo.” Nothing exists except what you can see, touch, smell, and physically experience. “The cosmos is all there is, there was, and there ever will be.” Carl Sagan, The Cosmos, 1980
Naturalists also claim that human beings are merely evolved animals—the result of advancement and adaptation in Darwin’s evolutionary scheme. The purpose of life is simply to survive.
If the concept of emerging from “goo” and coming into existence by some cosmic accident makes you feel unsettled and insignificant, you have good reason. The fallacy of Naturalism purported by Darwinian theory is discredited both intellectually and intuitively.
Intellectually: The evidence necessary to rationally establish Darwin’s theory does not exist.
Darwin said, “If it would be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” (Origin of the species, 154)
Since Darwin’s time, an increased knowledge of the microscopic realm in science has uncovered complex molecular systems and machines that fit Darwin’s own test as systems that could not be explained by unguided forces. Such a system is said to be “irreducibly complex,” a term coined by Dr. Michael Behe. (Darwin’s Black Box, 187)
According to Behe, an irreducibly complex system cannot be produced directly, or by slight, successive variations, because the system only works when all parts are functioning together. A missing part makes it nonfunctional. One of the molecular machines that requires all of its basic parts to function is the bacterial flagellum; it is irreducibly complex.
Pascal’s Wager: What if you’re wrong?
Because the flagellum is comprised of essential parts, including a paddle, a rotor, and a motor—all of which must be present in order for it to function—it is irreducibly complex. These biomolecular parts function together as a complete rotary motor; the bacterial flagellum is basically a molecular-sized electrical motor comparable to a man-made rotary motor.
The forty different proteins or “parts” (including those that act as rotor, stator, drive shaft, bushing, universal joint, and propeller) must all be present and work together to make the flagellum function. If just one protein is missing this living machine is rendered nonfunctional.
The discovery of these complex microscopic organisms has led many scientists to conclude that these systems could not have evolved by unguided processes; instead, they are the results of “Intelligent Design.”
Discoveries of irreducibly complex organisms and molecular machines have discredited the gradual process of mere chance and natural law postulated by Darwin. Darwin himself said that this type of discovery breaks down his entire model. Irreducibly complex molecular machines, like the bacterial flagellum, give scientific credibility to the concept of Intelligent Design versus random mutations as the origin and development of life.
The world did not come into being by random chance.
You are not some cosmic accident.
You are not the result of mere matter.
You were deliberately designed for a purpose.
Intuitively: Something deep inside tells us life has meaning and we are significant.
There is more to life than survival based on the fittest.
There is more to you than just molecules and matter.
There is more to your being here than mere existence.
There is a God who created you decisively and for a reason.
The Bible says,
“He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from the beginning to end.”
Could it be that you were created intentionally for a purpose?
If we are honest and listen to our inner voice, we hear our heart cry out,
“There must be more to life than this!”
Why are you alive? Why are you here on earth? What is the purpose for your being?
The Bible says,
“The God who made the universe and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth…From one man he made every nation and men…he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live…so that humanity would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.”
(Acts 17:24 ff)
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Do you believe the God who created you has a purpose and plan for your life?
Purpose and Design
God wants you to know Him and so has chosen to reveal Himself to you in a number of ways, first through His Creation.
Have you stopped moving lately long enough to really look at the world? Have you surveyed the vastness of an ocean, gazed up at the majesty of the mountains, or bent low to peer into a budding flower?
All that surrounds you is the work of a creative, majestic God!
Have you considered that you are one of more than 7 billion people existing on the planet? Or that even amid these masses, no person is exactly like another—that you are completely unique?
God intentionally created you; you are wonderfully made; you are special!
The Bible says that you cannot experience all that God has created and think that the world, or humanity, is just an accident.
We have “no excuse” when we are unable to see God’s hand in creation and to recognize His eternal power and divine nature. Romans 1:20
“In his pride the wicked man does not seek him (God); in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”
Do you recognize, acknowledge and seek to know the God who created the universe, the same God who created you?