I won’t pretend to know a fraction of the science you guys know. I became a Christian not because I am smart. I became a Christian because I chose to have faith in God and His gospel. And where did that faith come from? It came from the Word of God- “Faith comes from hearing.” And this faith has absolutely transformed my life from the inside out! I once was selfish and mean spirited and now when I see someone in a position of need or weakness such as some of the mentally handicapped folks bagging groceries at Kroger or those poor helpless girls mistreated in the sex trade, I just want to pray out to God on their behalf and do something to help them! The idea of racial discrimination I must say takes the cake as one of the most foolish things mankind has come up with! I love all people…and I don’t want accolades for saying any of this. I actually feel uncomfortable saying any of this in a way…but making much of God and less of me brings much joy anyway and I cannot help but to say it. How was this faith generated? Not my intelligence. Not much of that here…It was generated again by having faith in the God of the Bible that was generated and given by the God of the Bible and the gospel of His Son dying in my place! It has turned me upside down, inside out, and upright from a place of being hunched over in disobedience and unbelief.
My faith also comes from another place that is God ordained. I love nature! I love its beauty, its colors, its functional balance. I am amazed at the complexity of the brain and how God created sexual beings for reproduction and symbiotic relationships between plants and animals and all of the creative designs in animals and flowers and colors in fish (#1 favorite vacation endeavor has been snorkeling reefs although it has been awhile) Then you have the dynamics needed to even make earth habitable for life to exist…things like the position and size of the earth’s moon, the earth’s magnetic field, its atmosphere, the presence of water, the fact that water in its frozen state is unusually less dense than its liquid state thus able to float…and all those other planets floating in space and rotating about stars in a universe stretching billions of light years etc. God calls these things a basis for faith in Him as well. In Romans 1:20 it says “God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Have very little understanding of the specific scientific arguments back and forth between ID and theistic evolutionists. At face value the idea of chance causing complexity like we see it today no matter how much God lipstick you put on it does not sit well with me at all…I still must sit back (in my simpleton way) and suggest that if folks still want to argue the details of two views, maybe consider laying down the argument and put our energies as Christians towards a unified effort that finds a priority of grounds for worshipping Him as our Creator and Designer who has indeed clearly revealed Himself in creation. And we must stop pretending that our intellectual pride and the potential profitability from a book deal or in an occupation does not affect our propensity for stiff arming unity for arguing over some semantics for attention sake. I am still a sinner who can only understand this temptation from ongoing personal experience thankfully occurring less and less in me! .
And His Gospel that frees me from this tendency creates a paradigm that eliminates both sniveling and swaggering (thank you Dr. Keller) “so that no man may boast” which also declares GOD! He is coming back soon and for one don’t want to have my pants down if He does in my lifetime.
Sometimes I want to sense that we become so obsessed with the trees in these scientific details arguing chance vs design (amongst Christians nonetheless who are called to have faith in an Intelligent Designer) that this blinds us from the forest where that God does indeed dominate, rule and always longs for men to bask in his loving presence to find blessing in worshipping Him!
You guys are so smart! I am blessed more than you will know reading a lot of these items on this website. I was led by another to check out a quote from this segment I thought so pertinent and likeminded to the sentiment here and wanted to add another two cents. Anyone here and otherwise who is offering their genius towards the proclamation of the God who describes himself in His word as an Intelligent Creator and an all wise Designer -I honor you! Thanks for listening to this incredibly less smart country boy ramble!