7 ways that science points to intelligent design

 

            The Monarch butterfly is a beautiful and most amazing creature.  When the caterpillar spins a silk to dangle from it is preparing for metamorphosis.  “10 to 12 hours before shedding its skin for the fifth and last time, the Monarch caterpillar spins a silk for it to hang. After some initial wriggling the pupa skin hardens into a protective covering…”[1]

 

            As the caterpillar is transforming it literally is becoming a new creature.  It is sort of like recycling.  As you recycle a plastic bottle it is melted down and then reformed into something else.  So it is with a caterpillar to a butterfly.  It even seems as though this process is uncomfortable for them.  As I read and study the life of this beautiful butterfly I photographed, I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (ESV) 

            Not only has Jesus created us but He can recreate us as well and turn our sinful lives into something beautiful.

           

          “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).  This is what God’s people have been teaching for 6,000 years.  Many people now studying the subject of creation are looking for scientific evidence that points to a Designer of creation, a Creator if you will.  As requested by Visitor Magazine I have compiled 7 concise points of scientific evidence that point to intelligent design.

 

1 – Humans and many animals, insects and plants operate on a seven-day cycle:

          The relatively new science known as Chronobiology is the branch of biology concerned with natural physiological rhythms and other cyclical phenomena.  This new field has studied the circaseptan calendar, or seven day cycle, in living beings.  What was discovered is amazing, “...plants, insects, and animals other than humans also have weekly cycles…Biology, therefore, not culture, is probably at the source of our seven day week.”[2]

Some have proclaimed that the seven day cycle has its roots in ancient Babylon.  However, the number six is significant to Babylon not seven.  For example there are 360 degrees in a circle, 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute, and six sides of a die…all of which has its root s in ancient Babylon.

 

          Seven is a number that God seems to favor and is often related to perfection or

completeness. The evidence that our bodies operate on a seven day cycle lends more credence to a literal seven day creation week.

 

2 – Life cannot arise from non-life:

          In 1861 Louis Pasteur disproved the theory of spontaneous generation in his famous experiment and proved that life cannot arise from non-living material.  Science has been teaching, for the last 150 years, that life cannot come from something that is not alive while at the same time teaching that all life came from nothing (non-life) as seen in the big bang model. 

 

          If life cannot arise from non-life that means a living, intelligent, creative being had to have designed us.

 

3 – Our place in the solar system (Goldilocks Zone):

          The Goldilocks zone is the habitable zone in our solar system.  Just like the children's story, Goldilocks was looking for the perfect bed, not too hard or soft.  Or the perfect soup, not too hot or cold.  We are situated just where Goldilocks would prefer, the place where can flourish.

          Planet earth is 92.96 million miles from the sun.  If we were any further away we would freeze and life would not survive on planet earth.  If we were any closer the temperature would be too high and the radiation levels would not allow life to survive on planet earth.

The moon is an average of 238,855 miles away from planet earth.  If it were any closer, due to the magnetic field, the waves in the oceans would create tsunamis and the resulting destruction of the massive waves would not sustain life on planet earth.  If the moon were any further away there would be no waves/tides and the water would not oxygenate thus the waters would not support life on planet earth.

 

          Our planet is rotating at 1,000 miles per hour.  In our route in the solar system we travel at a mind blowing speed of nearly 67,000 miles per hour (Scientific American Travel, October 26, 1998).  We are traveling at extraordinary speeds while never running into other planets and are positioned perfectly for life to operate optimally here on planet earth.

 

4 – Lack of transitional fossils:

            Charles Darwin himself said “Why, if species have descended from other species by fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?[3]

 

            This is a most fascinating statement.  If evolution were correct we should see one species gradually turning into other species in the fossil record.  However, there seem to be no undisputed transitional forms.  The claims of transitional fossils can be fully explained when studied in detail.

 

            Let’s take the famous Archaeopteryx, for example.  This is not a species that is somewhere between a bird and a reptile but is, in fact, fully bird.  Its “reptile-like teeth” and wing claws are found in some birds today. 

 

            Examples such as Tiktaalik (a supposed half way between fish and tetrapod) and Australopithecus (an ape-like creature) can be easily and scientifically explained and do not provide the scientific proof we would expect for the transitional fossils.  When fully studied no examples of transitional fossils provide indisputable proof for evolution.  If we did not evolve then we were designed.

 

            "As by this theory, innumerable transitional forms must have existed. Why do we not find them embedded in the crust of the earth? Why is not all nature in confusion instead of being, as we see them, well-defined species?“[4]

 

            While evolutionists provide some purported evidence, their version of this evidence is not without dispute or debate even in the scientific community itself.

 

5 - The Cambrian explosion:

          What came to be known as Darwin’s dilemma takes place at the Cambrian layer of the geological column.  An explosion of life is seen here.  That is not to say that there are no fossils below this layer but this sudden generation of so many life forms is what baffled Darwin.  Why do so many life forms appear at once?  Why, if evolution is correct, are there no successive steps of transformation from one species to another?  Is it possible that God created us intact, the way we are?

 

6 – Elements:

            Some scientists proclaim that the early, primitive atmosphere consisted primarily of Helium.  How, then, is it possible that our bodies contain every naturally occuring element on the periodic table?  Where did all the elements come from?  How did they all get into our bodies?  Is it possible that we were created that way?

 

7 – Impossibility of accidental life:

            250 proteins are required for absolute minimal life to function.  The chances of these proteins coming together to form life and then be able to reproduce rapidly enough before they die are 1 in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion…in other words, it doesn’t happen.

 

            As you contemplate the power of a Creator God, remember that He loves you so much that He created you.  He loves you so much that He died for you. 

         

          Let us close where we began...with metamorphosis.  2 Corinthians 3:18 says "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord". 

         

          The word for changed, in this verse, comes from the Greek word metamorphoo which means to transform.  Jesus wants to transform your life.  He can take all the sin and pain that we have built up inside and give us peace.  The Bible calls it "the peace that passes all understanding" (Phil. 4:7).

         

          If you have not yet done it, I encourage you to develop a personal relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Why not take the time now to accept His death on the cross as atonement for sin?  What a wonderful life awaits you!

 

 

References:

 

[1] http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/monarch-butterflies-facts.html

 

[2] Susan Perry and Jim Dawson, The Secrets Our Body Clocks Reveal, (New York: Rawson Associates, 1988), pp. 20-21.] 

 

[3] Darwin, C. 1902. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, 6th edition. New York: P.F. Collier & Son. 233

 

[4] Charles Darwin (1866), quoted in H. Enoch, Evolution or Creation, p. 139.)