Many say faith is something only those who are religious require. Faith is for those people who choose to deny the facts of science. It is for those who believe in fairy tales and myths and folklore. Right?
This view is contrasted with the scientific community, which certainly does not rely on faith. Or does it?
The fact is everyone uses faith. Every belief system requires faith. The issue is, what belief system requires the most faith? And why?
If you are a Christian, Muslim, or Jew you believe in a divine being that created all things and has a plan for the future of mankind. This belief requires faith.
If you are an atheist, you believe there is no God in spite of evidence to the contrary. This belief requires faith as well. Since you cannot prove with absolute certainty there is no God, you must have faith that there is no God.
If you are an evolutionist you believe that all life in its incredible complexities exists as a result of random chance, and that there is no intelligent creator behind all that we can observe. This belief also requires faith.
You might say, “Evolution doesn’t require faith. It is an established fact. ”
If you search all the literature on evolutionary theory, you will not find a single fact to support that belief that all life came into being through the gradual processes of Darwinian evolution. You will find that microevolution is known to occur (this is an observable science in which a species can make adaptability change without altering the integrity of the species itself), but this is quite different than the theory of macroevolution. You will find multiple stories and scientific terms created to support this theory, but you will find no facts. No verifiable evidence, simply the postulation of a complex guess.
No human was there to observe when life began. The best we can do is to examine the world around us and draw conclusions based on those observations. We must honestly weigh the evidence.
If an honest person looks at the complexity of the cell, the various systems within the human body, and the many molecular machines that make up life, you will easily see the world around us appears to be designed. It has the hallmarks of intricate engineering.
In some of our previous articles, we mentioned a few of life’s most simple structures. Upon thorough investigation these simple structures are actually incredibly complex. The Cilium, flagellum, even the cell itself may look simple, but when examined closely each cell is a small molecular machine. Each cell is like an individual city.
As you look further at life around us, the human body is made up of billions of ‘simple’ structures that comprise even more complicated interdependent systems. The heart, brain, eye, and the other systems in the body are more complex then anything mankind has ever created.
Mathematicians have calculated the odds for even the most basic cell to develop by random chance without an intelligent designer is essentially zero. This is just one cell in a body containing billions.
Dr. James F. Coppedge, in his book, Evolution: Possible or Impossible, makes several probability calculations concerning life developing by chance. Giving evolution multiple concessions, he comes up with the probability for the first cell to evolve by accident as one chance in 10 to the 29345th power. It would take an 80-page book just to print that number. In comparison, the number of inches across the known universe is 10 to the 28th power. Statistically, scientists consider 1 chance in 10 to the 50th power to be impossible. From these figures, logic should dictate that the evolution of the cell falls into the ‘impossible’ category. Remember, all we are talking about is a single cell.
However, for the sake of argument let’s say the cell could have developed through the evolutionary processes. What would be the odds that this cell would evolve to become the totality of the complex systems we see in nature?
Now, does it become easier to see a complex molecular machine that appears to be designed to actually say, “It was designed”? It requires some faith yes, because we did not see the moment it was designed, but logic and common sense tell us that when we see any machine with many parts, all of which are necessary for functionality, it was designed. We never question this in everyday life. When we see a new car, we know it was engineered and designed by an intelligent human being. This requires very little faith to believe. Isn’t it strange that when the subject of the human brain is discussed there may be questions as to the rationale behind its design?
Car: Yes it was designed and engineered.
Brain: No, it was likely the result of random chance.
Evolution states that all life as we know it sprang from non-living matter and gradually became more complex over billions of years and eventually became the complex molecular machines we observe today. According to this mindset life may appear to be designed, but it cannot be. Our existence, we are told, is not the result of an intelligent agent guiding the process. This scenario indicates life has no purpose, no design and no structure.
Author Richard Dawkins defines biology as, “The study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose. ” Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, (London: Penguin, 1988)
How much faith does it take to believe that biology looks designed and with purpose but, could not conceivably be designed?
Does this worldview require more faith than to believe an intelligent agent was the designer of life?
The faith of an evolutionist must be very strong indeed.
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