By Ginny Mink
The atheist questions the Christian’s intellect because he has made scientific knowledge his god. In addition, the atheist says that he doesn’t believe in faith, yet he rests his faith in the belief that there is no God. He argues that a Christian cannot prove the existence of the Supreme Creator, yet he cannot prove the lack thereof either. The atheist also suggests that evolution provides significant basis for the explanation of the world’s inception and that intelligent design is nothing more than a creationist’s theory.
Let’s look at the first issue: Are Christians intellectual beings? The answer is, certainly. We are all created in the image of God, and since He’s the One with ultimate wisdom there is no doubt that He placed intellect within His subjects. This can be verified in that, Christians hold just as many credentials as atheists and come from just as many accredited universities.
Faith is a sensitive topic for the atheist who tries to claim that he has no faith. However, man cannot walk this planet without some semblance of faith. Faith is the belief in something you cannot see. Please follow this concept carefully: when one wakes in the morning one expects that there will be air to breathe. That, indeed, is faith as one cannot see the air that expands one’s lungs and nourishes the blood. To go a step further, we daily have faith that our cars will start when we place the key in the ignition, at that moment we cannot see the specific actions taking place to turn the car over but we believe that it will work. So, for an atheist to say he doesn’t believe in faith is faith in itself: He has faith that faith isn’t real.
Next, the Scriptures tell us that nature itself proves the very existence of God and that when the time comes, no man will be able to deny having had the opportunity to know Him. If we were to attempt to dispute the concept, all one needs do is consider the Fibonacci sequence. This is a mathematical formula that represents a huge portion of naturally occurring things: sunflowers, pine cones, aloe plants, nautilus shells, even DNA. It seems relatively impossible to look at such an intelligently designed creation and still adhere to a concept that the universe is really some random conglomeration of coincidences that resulted in primordial microbial muck which then somehow led to microscopic life ultimately birthing man through the process of evolution. It is always amazing that evolutionists want to align themselves with primate ancestry. Christians are not interested in claiming something that likes to fling poo as their parents; chimpanzees are cute but they are not part of our lineage.
To close, the atheist wants to assign the concept of intelligent design into the category of “theory,” however, evolution is also a “theory,” Darwin knew that when he penned the catch phrase. If we are OK with one theory being taught in science classrooms across the country, why are we so adamantly and vehemently against another? Intelligent design is supported by non-Christians too, so the “conservative evangelical creationists” argument really isn’t valid. If we allow one theory and disallow another, then we insinuate that the acceptable theory is a fact and not a theory which is a dreadful fallacy.
Christians are constantly being accused of being close-minded but in reality the world is wholly close-minded to the possibility that what the Christian believes could very well be true. Science shuts the doors to its grey matter any time “intelligent design” is mentioned and yet it claims to desire to discover the truth. How can we seek out truth with our eyes closed to all possibilities? Just something to think about.
Ginny Mink is an author, speaker, artist, wife and mother of two. She recently published her first book of devotions: Spiritual Snippets: 365 Days of Devotion.