Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Food for thought

Is there an intelligence behind the universe? Or is everything that occurs nothing more than an accident?

Atheists would have us believe that there is no Creator. Everything just "happened", and then evolved. They feel that this adequately explains our existence. Like the child who, by accident, picks up a saxophone, practices, and becomes a good musician. Just a series of logical accidents.
And their rational puzzles me, because they seem to conveniently ignore anything that does not fit into their perceived notion of the universe.

For example, they say there was no "creation" because "evolution" is what has brought us to where we are. They speak as though evolution precludes creation - that the two could not possibly co-exist in reality. But if that were true - if evolution precludes the possibility of creation, then how does one explain those parts of the universe that simply cannot evolve? Rocks, water, oxygen. If something does not have life, then it cannot possibly evolve. Yet, they exist, despite their inability to have evolved. Since they cannot evolve, how did they come into existence?

To try to get around this little problem with the "evolution negates creation" theory, atheists claim that everything else simply created itself in some sort of "big bang." Excuse me, but it appears they are overlooking the first law of physics: matter can neither be created nor destroyed. If science is true, and matter cannot be created, then it is absurd for anyone to expect us to believe that anything created something out of nothing.

That leaves but one possibility - divine intervention. If science is true, and matter cannot be created, then the simple fact that all of this universe exists would seem to indicate that something had to intervene; to do that which is not otherwise possible.

Another interesting point atheists seem to ignore is the interconnectivity among things that could not possibly understand, let alone participate, in a grander theme. Take that boy saxophonist, for example. While it may be possible for a person to "evolve" into a saxophone player, it becomes so much more complex when you consider that, also by chance, another child picks up a trumpet. Another learns the flute. In fact, perhaps as many as 70 individuals all magically evolve and come together to form an orchestra.

Now, when talking about people (where there is intelligence and self-direction), perhaps such a series on coincidences could occur to create something made of so many distinct and separate parts. But what happens when the particpants have no awareness of their part - do not even know they are part of an organized orchestra. Who, or what, has devised for them to come together, without knowledge, to perform a complex task of which none of them even knows they are a part?

Here is a very small example. Take one pine tree, one raspberry bush, and one chickadee. None have any true awareness of one another, so they certainly cannot evolve independently and still interact in such a way as to purposely have a specific, desired result.

Yet, the raspberry, which prefers to germinate and grow within the acidic shade of pine trees, with no knowledge of the chickadee, has evolved to create seeds that the chickadee cannot digest. The chickadee, with no awareness of the needs of the raspberry, eats the fruit, does not digest the seeds, and excretes them while sitting in the lowest branches of a pine tree, with his own excretia acting as the necessary fertilizer to make the indigestible, hard seed germinate and grow.

And the tree knows nothing of either the chickadee nor the raspberry bush. An unknowing, but necessary participant.

So, a complex set of necessary actions occurs among distinct and separate groups, none of which has awareness, and none of which could possibly be expected to evolve in such a way as to benefit an unrelated species. And that last statement is important because evolution, according to Darwinians, is nature's way of having living things adapt to their environment, so that they may survive. And while that makes perfect sense, and undoubtedly occurs, it does nothing to explain how or why one living thing would adapt to the needs of another, unrelated species. Evolution presumes self-directed adaptation. But it cannot explain how the evolution of one living thing can interconnect so smoothly with evolution within one or more other species.

What this all boils down to - and I would like to hear from anyone with a logical answer - is this one, simple question: where did the first "thing" come from? If evolution precludes creation, then where did the first thing come from - you know, the thing that evolved? If we come from the ape, which comes from a snake, which comes from a single-celled creature - then where did that single-celled creature come from? If it was truly the FIRST thing to exist, it could not have evolved, as there was nothing to evolve from, because it was the first thing.

That first thing, living or inanimate, had to come into existence somehow. And our own unrefuted science states that it could not create itself, because matter can neither be created no destroyed. So, how did it come into existence?

Please do not offer that old diatribe about how it always existed, because that is neither logical nor scientifically possible. Somewhere, somehow, all the immense matter within the universe had to come into existence. And the "Big Bang" does not provide an answer, either, because then we would have the question of just WHAT it was that "banged", and where did it come from.

The flip side of all this is both obvious and simple - there was a creation. And there is one indisputable fact - only intelligence can create. Mankind creates all the time - look around at all that we have created. It appears that the very nature of intelligenge -its purpose - is to create. Yet, despite our own intelligence, we are at a loss as to how to create the matter that we use for our own creations. We cannot create something out of nothing. We cannot create life.

Reminds me of the old story about the scientist that told God, "We don't need you any more. We can now create life, just like you did." And God said, "Go ahead - show me." So the scientist scooped up 100 pounds of the earth, to create his own "Adam" as God did. And God said, "Wait a minute, Bub. Make your own dirt!"

Until atheists and scientists can show how the initial material that makes up the universe came into existence, then I must contend there is an infinite intelligence behind the scenes. Until they can show how evolution can explain rocks and other lifeless, inanimate objects, then I must object to their theory that evolution precludes creation.

More than likely, both occur. God creates. Nature then evolves. Not unlike ourselves. We create something, then it evolves. Before you know it, the old Tide detergent is "New and Improved".

Intelligence creates. And then nature takes over, to insure continued survival (which, in all likelihood, is another design from God - why create something if you do not provide the means for it to survive). And before anyone suggests that the man standing upon the rock is strictly a product of evolution, please tell me where the rock he is standing upon has come from.

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