BEST OF TQFG: God makes some pretty complex stuff.

We hope you enjoy this re-post from March 15, 2013. Be blessed! The Today’s Quote From God Team


I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made… – Psalm 139:14, KJV

Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution, once said, “If it could 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.” (Colson, Charles & Pearcey, Nancy. How Now Shall We Live? Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1999. Page 88.)

According to Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey in their blockbuster book How Now Shall We Live?:

An eye is no use at all unless all its parts are fully formed and working together. Even a slight alteration from its current form destroys its function. How, then, could the eye evolve by slight alterations? Even in Darwin’s day the complexity of the eye was offered as evidence against his theory, and Darwin said the mere thought of trying to explain the eye gave him “a cold shudder.” (Ibid. Page 89.)

The eye is an interdependent system that is an example of irreducible complexity. The term irreducible complexity was coined by Michael Behe, a Lehigh University professor of biochemistry, in his 1993 book Darwin’s Black Box. Behe used a mouse trap to illustrate the idea of irreducible complexity:

A mousetrap cannot be assembled gradually…You cannot start with a wooden platform and catch a few mice, add a spring and catch a few more mice, add a hammer, and so on, each addition making the mousetrap function better. No, to even start catching mice, all the parts must be assembled from the outset. The mousetrap doesn’t work until all its parts are present and working together.

Many living structures [like the eye] are like the mousetrap. They involve an entire system of interacting parts all working together. If one part were to evolve in isolation, the entire system of interacting parts would stop functioning; and, since, according to Darwinism, natural selection preserves the forms that function better than their rivals, the nonfunctioning system would be eliminated by natural selection. (Ibid.)

To illustrate this point even further, Colson and Pearcey write:

The late Christian evangelist Francis Shaeffer used to offer an argument against evolution that was simple, easy to grasp, and devastating: Suppose a fish evolves lungs. What happens then? Does it move up to the next evolutionary stage? Of course not. It drowns. (Ibid. Page 87.).

Complex machinery doesn’t get thrown together by happenstance. It is the product of design and of purposeful assembly. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator, and to see yet another example of this truth, click on the following link to view an fifteen minute video on YouTube which discusses in detail the irreducibly complex molecular motor called the bacterial flagellum:

We were made on purpose!

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