Category Archives: Creation

Intelligent Design Is Evangelistic

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Is the
Intelligent Design Movement Christian?

Answers in Genesis asked that question in a recent Facebook post linked above.

All truth is God’s truth. Whether truth is expressed by a preacher in a Sunday sermon or an atheist psychologist in a lecture, all truth comes from God. The speaker may have ungodly reasons for presenting the truth, but we shouldn’t reject truth simply because of who the speaker is.

AiG is looking at ID in a wrong way. They are looking at it from a world governed by a Christian consensus, a “Hebrew” mindset, an Acts 2 world. They see ID as a step AWAY from the whole truth of God’s existence and involvement in creation. They believe that ID is pointing away from God.

The problem with AiG’s thinking is that we do not live in a world governed by a Christian darwinapeconsensus. We live in a “Greek” world. In America and most of the rest of the West, secular humanism dominates. Secular humanism has strangled the ability for the scientific community to see God’s truth for nearly 200 years in America. The consensus believes in undirected, purposeless causes that created the universe and makes things grow.

“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.” In a world laboring under the plague of secular humanism, arriving at any truth, let alone the existence and sovereignty of God, is hard to come by. Contrary to what those at AiG believe, ID, operating in a world dominated by a secular humanist consensus, points TOWARD God as the creator.

I think the real issue comes down to that AiG has a problem with ID because AiG does not unknownGodbelieve ID is sufficiently evangelistic. AiG thinks ID is deliberately hiding who the “Intelligent Designer” is. Instead, I believe that those in the ID community simply recognize our Acts 17 world and are pointing “Greeks” to the unknown God.

Instead of finding heretics under every rock, perhaps we should be encouraging our brothers and sisters to continue to speak God’s truth to a fallen world.

Is God Divine?

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/10/28/pope-francis-backs-theory-of-evolution-says-god-is-no-wizard/

Pope Francis supposedly said something that is a bit troubling to me. The article linked above claims that Pope Francis said “God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life.”  What did he mean by stating God is not divine?  What is the difference between a “magician” and a “Creator?”

The article paints the Pope’s position as somewhat deistic.  “God is more a clockmaker than a conjurer of miracles.”  To hold this “clockmaker” concept of God one has to diminish the attributes of God.  By stating that God is not “a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life” the Pope seems to assume the stuff to bring to life already existed.  If God is not a “conjurer” he did not create the world ex nihilo.  A clockmaker merely assembles matter into an order that makes a clock work. He does not create the pieces of the clock.  If God did not create (or conjure it from nothing like a magician would) the material to make the “clock,” where did it come from?  Is matter eternal as God is eternal? That would lead to pantheism.  We could then claim, as many do, to be gods ourselves because we are made of eternal matter.  The conclusion then is if God is not divine, he is not God.pope1

The second troubling point is that the Pope believes that the Word of God allows for theistic evolution.  What is troubling about this position is that theistic evolution diminishes the nature and consequence of sin.  Starting with the premise that there was no death before sin, and there is no sin before man, you cannot get death before man.  If my premise is true, evolution is theologically contradictory to God’s Word because it presumes death before sin. (Evolution defined as a system of the fittest of a species living and the weakest dying through the millennia until you reach man.)  If death is not a consequence of sin, what is the significance of sin?  If sin is insignificant, God’s pronouncements against it are lies.  If God is a liar, he is not God.

The third issue from the article is directed at the atheistic argument that our understanding of the Big Bang “obviates a need to believe in a deity.”  In fact, the converse of that is true: the Big Bang demands the existence of God.  It is a simple syllogism: Something that begins to exist must have a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore, the universe must have a cause.  Edwin Hubble gave us evidence of an expanding universe.  Because the universe is expanding, it must have had a starting point.  If it had a starting point, it must have had a cause.  That cause has to be transcendent and eternal in order to bring the universe into existence from nothing.  This transcendent, eternal cause sounds a lot like the traditional Christian concept of God.  If God is not transcendent and eternal, he is not God.

So, it appears both science and theology insist God is a divine “magician.”