Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel . . . “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it.”
A significant flaw of the theory of evolution is the problem of design. There is a famous parable about a man who is walking through a field, and he stops and he sees a rock. He picks up the rock and he reasons that that rock is just a tiny sliver of chemical that has been chipped away from the earth over a long period of time—that’s a reasonable deduction. But as he walks a little bit farther, he finds an ornate pocket watch. And he picks up that watch, opens the face, and looks at the back of it to see this very intricate mechanism. He can logically assume that that watch didn’t just happen. The symmetry, the design of it, calls for a creator. It’s the same way with the complexity of the universe. When you understand how complex life is, you have to come to the conclusion that there must have been an intelligent designer behind it.
Now, I could spend weeks talking about all kind of illustrations of the complexity of life. But let me just give you one illustration, and that is the DNA molecule. As biologists began to understand the complexity of the cell, they realized it just couldn’t happen—there had to be some kind of control system within the cell that governed everything that happened within that cell. And in 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick discovered that molecule that covers everything that happens in the cell—we call it the DNA molecule. Every biology student knows what DNA stands for—deoxyribonucleic acid. And DNA is like the microprocessor of the cell that governs everything that happens within the cell.
For example, did you know in a fertilized egg there is enough DNA information to fill 500,000 pages? When you were in your mother’s womb, and you were no more than a fertilized egg, you had DNA—everything from the color of your hair, the color of your eyes, the shape of your nose—there was enough information in your DNA to fill up 500,000 pages. Over time, when that fertilized egg became a human being and was born, that single fertilized egg would divide into 30 trillion cells. And in those 30 trillion cells, there would be at least 12 billion brain cells. And there would be 120 trillion connections among those 12 billion brain cells.
Now, what supervised the dividing of your body into trillions of cells and brain connections? It was that DNA microprocessor within every one of your cells. Such an intricate program calls for a divine programmer. As we look at the complexity of the DNA that is within every one of us, why don’t we come to the conclusion that there is a designer? It’s time to consider whether the field of evolution has come to a dead end.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Four Fatal Flaws of Evolution” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.