Accidental Design

Is there such a thing as accidental design? Impossible. This is an oxymoron. Since design by definition always entails the intention of a designer, it cannot be accidental. If this were the case, why are there hoards of self-claimed scientifically-minded people insisting on such a blatant contradiction?

An ophthalmologist from the Johns Hopkins Hospital acknowledges on a documentary, that although he is not particularly religious, he is enamored by the design of the eye – all its intricacies and functions that enable us to see, and its operation continues even through old age. He believes that the eye is a most brilliant piece of creation. Interesting that when speaking on a rational basis, the doctor recognizes that a complex piece of organic device such as the eye, unparalleled in functional perfection and engineering ingenuity, cannot be the outcome of pure chance. The doctor does not say outright that he believes there is a creator, but taken what he claims to believe, the logical conclusion must be that God is the creator of the eye.

It is also interesting to see that agnostics and atheists alike, when addressing the fascinating design observed in every living and non-living thing, on earth and in the universe, often attribute their origin to "nature" or even "Mother Nature." Since the word "design" is often used in conjunction with nature, are they implying that nature is itself intelligent? It is often taken for granted that design does not necessitate the existence of a designer. It seems apparent that many suppose by using the word "nature," they can get away with the question – "Who is the designer?" Perhaps they dread to realize that a designer for all the wonders of creation exists, and the creator of all the brilliant organic technology is none other than God Almighty.

Perhaps more so, they dread that by admitting the existence of a Creator, it would imply that they would need to live a life accountable to the intelligent being who created them. They may no longer be happily self-righteous and continue to pursue whatever pleases their eyes and heart. What all this boils down to is the question of integrity. Most thinking human souls at some point in their life’s journey wonder about God, but as predictably corrupt as human nature, many come to suppress any conclusion which demands a life of commitment to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, or wander off the other end into superstitions, vain philosophies, and legalistic religions.

In connection with this, the Bible says, "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world 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" (Romans 1:18-22).

While living in willful ignorance may provide the unrepentant a season of bliss, the Scripture spells out their ultimate end: "But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed" (Romans 2:5).

The passages above reveal several important truths: (1) God is the Creator of the world; (2) God created the world in a manner that we can clearly see the evidence of a creator; (3) Thus, we have no excuse not to believe in God; (4) God sees someone as wicked, if he suppresses the truth of creation in his mind; (5) Everyone must face the eternal consequences of his choice concerning faith in Christ; (6) If one insists on unbiblical beliefs and does not repent, one must face God’s justice and wrath.

Now that we have discussed what nature implicitly discloses concerning its origin, let us explore what the Bible explicitly says on the subject: "Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?" (Ps 94:9); "For this is what the LORD says – he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited – he says: ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other’" (Isaiah 45:18).

The Bible makes sense of this world and its people. There is no mystery as to who the mastermind is behind all the amazing work we see in nature. Its architect is none other than God eternal. When we look at ourselves, we notice that we possess rationality that makes us unique as a living species. We have embedded in us a moral sense and intelligent faculties, even a sense of aesthetics, which all reflect the image of our Creator. Ask the Darwinians how it is logical that order came from chaos – given the design in nature, the burden of proof rests on the atheists.
Now, whenever you hear someone likening a human being to a speck of dust in the great wide universe, think of this verse which David, the most celebrated king of ancient Israel, said to God in worship: "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor" (Psalm 8:3-5).

It is time to give credit to whom it is due. It is time to wake up to true knowledge, instead of regressing in understanding, claiming that something can come out of nothing, or that design can come from the mindless nature. Given the evidence around us testifying of God’s existence, there remains no justification for dismissing his reality and his sovereignty over man: "In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30).

I encourage you to read some books on "Intelligent Design" and there have even been some movies and documentaries on this subject. It is time to put away the foolishness and admit that there is obviously an inteligent Designer and that His name is Jesus Christ (God): God created all alone (Isaiah 44:24) - "Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, "I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself, and spreading out the earth all alone." All things created by/through Jesus (Colossians 1:16-17) - "For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."

By the way, there is no difficulty here at all when we realize that the Trinity is involved. The Trinity is the doctrine that God is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son is the Word, which was God and with God (John 1:1), that became flesh in Jesus (John 1:14). Since Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, and He has two natures, divine and human (Col. 2:9), we can then have Jesus being the creator and God being the creator alone. In other words, Jesus is God and God created all things alone.

"In the beginning was the Word, . . . All things were made by Him; . . . and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not" (John 1:1,3,10). It is the foundational message of the book of Hebrews: "God. . . . Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds" (Hebrews 1:1-2).

Even the apostle Paul said that he had been called specifically to preach "the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 3:8-9).

Everything in heaven and earth was created by Him, and for Him! "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen" (Romans 11:36)

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