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Devotionals 2005

Intelligent Design
November 21, 2005By Ed Wrather


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. he earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. …Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. - Genesis 1:1-10, 26-27.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. - Psalm 19:1.

"Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe--a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble." --Albert Einstein.

"I am fascinated by some strange developments going on in astronomy,... The astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world." --Robert Jastrow, director NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

"This most beautiful system (The Universe) could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being." - Sir Isaac Newton.

On board ship one night, Napoleon overheard some of his officers discussing the existence of God. The officers arrived at the conclusion that there must not be a God. Upon hearing this Napoleon interrupted their discussion and pointing toward the stars in the sky asked, “Gentlemen, who made all of this?”

There is a great ongoing debate about whether or not all that we see about us was the result of an intelligent design. The Christian faith requires faith. Do we believe what the Bible says or do we not? For me, the evidence of the existence of God and of His activity in all of creation is obvious. I only have to look at my thumb with the miraculous way that it moves to know that there must be a God. When I read of the complexities of the human body, of just a single strand of DNA, I know that this could not have been brought about by accident. There must be a God with intelligence beyond any human intelligence, with knowledge beyond any human knowledge. We seek to understand the creation of the universe and everything in it through human abilities. However, all that was created was created with supernatural abilities beyond our ability to comprehend.

This week in the United States we have set aside a National day of Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful about whether living in the United States or another country. We can be thankful that there is a God who created all that there is and that He loved us so much that Jesus came down from the glories of Heaven to die on the cross for our sins. It is beyond human comprehension, but we believe it and accept it by faith knowing in our hearts that it is true.

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