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The Truth . . . Effectively Supressed

June 27, 2011

Did you know that random chance is a better designer than the human mind?  Well, those who hold that only natural processes can explain the complexity of life have always held that ludicrous notion.  This obvious flaw in reasoning is brought home to me this morning as I read about a group of researches from Stanford University that have developed the perfect undersea microphone by taking their design ques from . . . orca whales.  That’s right.  Apparently, Orcas have way better sonar capability than any microphone man has  previously been able to design.  Here is the article on the microphone breakthrough.  By looking to how the ears of orcas work, these scientists have been able to create a much better underwater microphone.

On of the researchers, Onur Kilic, a postdoctoral researcher in electrical engineering made the following insightful remark:

“Orcas had millions of years to optimize their sonar and it shows  . . . They can sense sounds over a tremendous range of frequencies and that was what we wanted to do.”

Ah, millions of years, that’s the key.  If you give a random process enough time it eventually gets smart.  It is like evolutionists think of “nature” like some learning computer that can learn from past mistakes and continue improving,  never going backward or repeating past bad designs.  The reality is, with true randomness no consistent progress is ever made.  Try flipping a coin and landing on heads 1000 times in a row.  One tails . . . start over.  Your species was selected for extinction.  You probably won’t get past 10 in a row.  Orcas randomly ending up with just that this one trait of amazing sonar ears would be like getting heads over 10,000,000 times in a row!  I don’t care how long you have to toss the coin . . . it ain’t gonna happen. 

Perhaps if the Stanford team had just thrown the electrical and mechanical components in a garbage bag and repeatedly shaken it they would have arrived at an equally good design.  Look in the bag.  Is it a fully designed underwater audio sensor yet?  Nope . . . OK then, keep shaking the bag.  After all, who needs designers.  Intelligence is vastly overrated.  “Nature” can best it by natural processes, right?  All you have to do is toss the dice 50 million times and eventually you wind up with pure genius.

Wait, who does the Stanford researcher credit with the Orcas advanced ear design?  Oh yeah, that’s right. . . the Orca.  The Orca had millions of years to get his own ear design right.  How an Orca has any control over his own ear design, I have no idea.

Oh, but it was natural selection that fine tuned the Orca’s ear so that it is better than any human design.  OK, I’m an engineer.  I know what it takes to design something that actually works.  It takes intelligence.  It takes a clear-cut goal.  Do you know what you get if you put 100 engineers in a room give them each a piece of paper and tell them each to design something (without telling them what the overall project is)?  You get a bunch of random junk that will not integrate together and has no unified function.  And, that’s if you start with intelligence.  Try it with a room full of paper and pens with no people and then see what you get. . . nothing.  Chaos does not produce order in the absence of an organizer.

These scientists are making an assumption without even realizing it.  They are assuming a design in nature.  If you believe that there are design lessons that we can glean from the natural world, you are acknowledging by action (if not by mental assent) that there is intelligence in the way life exists.  You are by action saying, “there is an intelligence in this design that is better than what I can create myself.”  They are doing this while simultaneously holding onto the mental belief in natural processes that relay solely on random chance.  This inconsistency is amazing and, I must confess, comical to me.  It is like an astrophysicist grad student copying answers to his physics exam off a 5-year-old child sitting next to him coloring on it with a crayon, all the while, claiming the child knows nothing of physics.

A scientist or engineer who believes all life is the result of purely natural processes has no reason to look to nature for inspiration in design because there is no intelligence to be sought there.  There is no design.  However, what if we approach this from the other angle? What if we assume (for the sake of argument) that there is an intelligent designer?  In this case there is design.  We would expect to find order.  We would expect finely balanced processes that foster and sustain life.  We can learn from nature (from the flight of birds, to the propulsion of single cell organisms, to the noses of dogs, to the focusing capability of the eye, to the ears of orcas).  Now be honest, which hypothesis best mirrors what we see when we look at the natural world?

How is it that seemingly rational, otherwise intelligent, usually logical people can look at a world full of unfathomably complex engineering and come to the conclusion that there is no design, there is no plan, no blueprint, no intelligence behind it?  I don’t have an answer to that, myself.  The Bible does gives us the answer, though.  In the first chapter of Romans, Paul explains that people (all of us) at one point really have known the truth that there is a creator God, and that we have CHOSEN to reject, to suppress, that truth.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse.” ~ Romans 1:18-20

The scriptures are making the bold claim here that there are no real atheists.  At one point in everyone’s life they have known there is a God and chosen to suppress that truth.  If you suppress the truth long enough, you eventually start to believe the lie (just like a compulsive lair will start to believe their own lies).  Paul goes on to explain why we suppress the truth . . .

“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. . . They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.”~ Romans 1:21-23, 25

If we are honest and come to the conclusion that there really is a God who designed and created us and everything else in this world, then there are a ton of implications that come with this realization.  All of the sudden, my life and my choices have consequences.  I was created for a purpose.  What I do matters because I am not in command of my own destiny.  I have to answer to someone else.  This idea is repulsive to us.  We want to be free to do whatever we want.  We want to be our own gods.  This is why we suppress the truth.  It is much easier, much more convenient, to trade the truth for a lie.  Do this long enough and eventually you can’t even see the glaringly obvious logical inconsistencies.  But, it remains the elephant in the room.

Yes, Paul is right.  In the past and in native tribes people end up worshiping created creatures (like birds and animals) as gods.  We see this in every primitive culture in the world.  But, what about us modern, educated, intellectual people?  Well, we do the same thing.  We worship created things instead of God.  We attribute His breathtaking design to natural processes.  We worship science and elevate it above God.  God created the natural world, its processes, physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and even logic.  They are all the result of the fact that God is logical, and they are good.  But, when we worship these above God we are doing exactly what Paul says all people do . . . suppress the truth and worship that which God has created instead of the one who created it.  We even attribute the act of creation itself to these created natural processes, all while claiming to be wise.  As a result, we become utter fools and our minds become dark and confused.  Never has this been better and more honestly put in print that by the 1967 Nobel Prize winning scientist George Wald:

“When it comes to the origin of life on this earth, there are only two possibilities: creation or spontaneous generation (evolution). There is no third way. Spontaneous generation was disproved 100 years ago, but that leads us only to one other conclusion: that of supernatural creation. We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds (personal reasons); therefore, we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance.”

You have to give the man credit for his honesty.  At least he was aware he was consciously rejecting the logical evidence. Although, I believe that was of little consolation to him when he died.

The truth . . . effectively suppressed.

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