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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Evolved or Designed?
While running along the lava cliffs of the Kona seashore, I came across this chunk of lava. Like most people, you probably concluded that the smaller white rocks were not randomly washed up onto the lava, but rather that they were arranged by someone. It looks like some beachcomber was trying to spell something.
Now if you happened to discover a mousetrap gathering dust under the water heater at work, again you'd understand that the mousetrap was designed. It couldn't have randomly come together, or evolved over time, since if any piece of the trap were missing, none of it would work.
Now head back into the lab to have a look at that cell you were taking a peek at under your electron microscope. You'll certainly see plenty of these inside the cell - mitochondria, which are the cell's power plants. According to popular thought, while we assume the white rocks on the lava and the dusty mousetrap were designed, the mitochondrion is just an act of nature. The mitochondrion evolved over millions of years in little tiny steps. Yet like the mousetrap, this complex power plant couldn't evolve, because there's too many biochemical steps and substeps that would have to come together at the same time for this marvel to be functional. If any particular sequence in the process is missing, there's no functionality, hence no power and no reason for it to continue to evolve. The mousetrap, and the mitochondrion, and the cell, had a creator. In the case of the mousetrap, it was created by the Victor Company. They've been designing mousetraps since 1890. In the case of the mitochondrion and the cell, they've been around since the first week of Creation, when the Triune God spoke them into existence. Despite the unspoken rule that any theory is more viable than one that leads to the miraculous, the deeper science digs, the more miraculous the findings become. Yet God's invisible attributes have always been known because of the things He has created.
Psalm 139:14 "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
photo credits: mousetrap- Randy Cox / mitochondrion- K. R. Porter
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