We are a Wonderful Organized Grand Design

The theory of evolution would have us believe that the world has been evolving for millions or billions of years. Moving from a beginning state of disorder and chaos and move toward a state of order, the perfect design of a human being. There is no way the marvelous machine we call the human body, this marvelous machine evolved over millions of years from some simple one-celled organism. The fighters in this old debate like to use complicated arguments in an effort to “out intellectualize” the other side; I invite you to shun these grand debates and just open your mind to simple clear truths which will point you to the right answer.

We’ve been looking at nature (the last 2 posts) to see God’s grand design; let’s turn to more scientific things that will also show it is important for lay people and Christians to have some exposure to scientific things. Your understanding and your faith will be strengthened when you add this science perspective. You will marvel and your life will be more whole when you get a more in-depth sense of God’s grand design.

For instance all you need to do is look at “cartilage” to see the commanding design of our Creator, and realize that evolution doesn’t exist. Evolution could never produce a “cartilage design” no matter how many millions of years you throw at it. The New England Journal of Medicine, October 6, 1994, page 940, addresses “hyaline articular cartilage”. Cartilage is the principal working part of the synovial joints; and in adults, it doesn’t contain any nerves or blood vessels. Active biochemically and structurally ordered, it is isolated from other body tissues and does not get nutrients in the same way. This amazing material was designed by God to last a lifetime, unless attacked externally by disease; it is an almost perfect material. It works well under load, is self-lubricating, is capable of self-renewal, and it is remarkably resilient. This long lasting gliding surface material has a coefficient of friction that is about 20% of ice on ice! With all the technological advancements we’ve made, we can’t duplicate such a material. Evolution created it? Do we have perfection coming out of the crazy primordial soup of the early oceans? No way! This material was, and continues to be, masterfully designed and created by God out of love.

Let’s spend a little more time to look at another element within the human body that easily supports my argument that God masterfully designed you and I. Evolution does not create individual species. It was 1953 when James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the helical double-stranded structure of DNA, a spiral staircase of life. This God designed structure is imaginative architecture, holding the elaborate messages of life, and it incorporates the ability to reproduce. The DNA double helix is similar to the design of a spiral staircase, made of phosphates, sugars and bases. It will unzip down the middle of the “steps” which are 2 bases; either adenine (A) and thymine (T) or guanine (G) and cytosine (C). The “A”s always link with “T”s, and “G”s always link with “C”s. Of the billions and billions of pairs in the human body, it is always A-T or G-C pairing, never an A-G, A-C, T-G or T-C…pretty well organized I would say! I wonder why there is so much order in a universe under the laws of entropy. There is massive room in a happenstance system which the theory of evolution depends upon; but with DNA we don’t see variations…they never seem to happen. The computing and the discussing of the complexity of DNA is way beyond this article; simply we just need to know that this perfect mathematical double helical structure is beautiful, amazing and certainly not happenstance.

We could discuss the wonderment of a hundred aspects of the human body, but what I would like you to get out of this limited presentation of information is to begin to realize and appreciate the absolutely amazing design of the human body. The human body is extremely well planned by the Master Architect, God, and most certainly has not come about by an evolutionary hit-and-miss process from the primordial seas of early creation or some earlier primate species. It was Stanley L. Miller, in 1952, which tried to recreate the early atmosphere where life was thought to begin. A simple experiment of adding electrical sparks to a laboratory blend of water vapor, ammonia, methane, and hydrogen was conducted to show how lightning could convert an early atmosphere to generate amino acids. How exciting is this? You throw some gas together, kick in a stray lightning bolt, and presto, a complex human being! As you can see, the facts scientists are discovering today point toward a wonderful grand design; it is not some crazy “Miller Experiment”.

[For more discussion on the wonder of God’s Creation, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

Entropy, yes it is still a proper argument!

If you have studied the arguments of the creationists and the evolutionists, then you have heard the word, entropy. I claim that many scientists like to redefine entropy. They discount its importance in the argument of evolution because they don’t like what “this science” does to their other scientific beliefs. While it is possible to see new definitions arise from new discovery, I say one should not spin arguments and create justifications just to make you look good. You should also not ignore truths that just so happen to not support your current position. Where is the honesty in that? Two Merriam-Webster definitions for entropy go like this, tell me which one you prefer, the broad definition or the detailed one:

“the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a system” [a broad definition] and “a measure of the unavailable energy in a closed thermodynamic system that is also usually considered to be a measure of the system’s disorder, that is a property of the system’s state, and that varies directly with any reversible change in heat in the system and inversely with the temperature of the system” [a detailed definition]

In recent years, many Christians have started jumping on the “entropy bandwagon” in their drive to argue against evolution. This creates a large target and a need for the opponents in the argument to fight back. They now claim that entropy has noting to do with systems simply moving toward disorder. Rather they “muddy the water” by branching off into discussions on macro verses micro; or “closed” systems (ones that don’t interact with anything external to it, no heat flow in or out of it) verses “open” systems (all living organisms) verses “isolated” systems (no loss or gain of heat). Their argument branches off to how the levels of sunlight striking the earth make the whole Christian argument false. To make matters worse, the various science disciplines involved in thermodynamics, namely biology, physics, and the physical sciences, often fight among themselves accepting and rejecting definitions that suit their sectional arguments. Frankly, definitions are what is believed or known at the time. In the arguments I have studied involving “closed” verses “open” systems, and “reversible” verses “irreversible”, it is said that the earth is not a closed system because solar heat comes into it and some re-radiates out; but the universe is a closed system. I never see any discussion involving “scale”. At what scale is a system closed or open? Looking at entropy as a measure of disorder, we can view “macroscopic” (an environmental level) or “microscopic” (a system level). Doesn’t the scale, the extent of the boundary of the open system qualify it to be a closed system after all?

So why is entropy so important? I hope, I haven’t lost you yet. Hang in there with me and you’ll see my Christian brothers and sisters. Soon you’ll realize the importance of entropy to your theology. I’m afraid some of you will not wish to follow these scientific discussions, so I must repeat myself and tell you: This will help you and your theology if you’ll grasp this short little science lesson. This is good stuff; I’ll try to keep it light enough to be interesting, yet not heavy enough that you’ll feel ready to duke-it-out with an astrophysicists.

The 1917 Moscow born Dr. Ilya Prigogine won the Noble Prize in Chemistry for his work in irreversible thermodynamics. He was the first to apply thermodynamics to the study of irreversible processes. Dr. Prigogine, who died in 2003, said that physical systems tend to slide spontaneously and irreversibly toward a state of disorder, an increase in entropy. The Second Law of Thermodynamics tells us that with real irreversible processes, entropy is always greater; and an example of real irreversible processes would be plants, animals, humans, in fact, all living things.

The Third Law of Thermodynamics tells us that entropy, as a measure of disorder, increases with increasing temperature. In 1878, Marcellin Berthelot, a French Thermodynamicist, and Julius Thomsen, a Danish Thermodynamicist, stated that every chemical change proceeds in a direction that will produce the most heat. Therefore, entropy or disorder increases as chemical change and heat increase. These thermodynamic “laws” are not just some opinion from a scientist, but are “rules of the universe” that have stood the test of time over many decades of scientific scrutiny and by which the whole universe obeys.

So…there you have it! Science tells us that all living things are systems of real irreversible processes, involving chemical changes and heat increase, that move along toward disorder over time. Please, read that last bold sentence again… This is exactly the opposite of what the evolutionists preach. The theory of evolution would have us believe that the world has been evolving for millions or billions of years. Moving from a beginning state of disorder and chaos (with a great deal of chemical process and solar heat I might add) and move toward a state of order, the perfect design of a human being. There is no way the marvelous machine we call the human body, this marvelous machine has evolved over millions of years from some simple one-celled organism.

Why do I care? Why push my belief the theory of evolution is false? Why not just sit back and believe what I want to, and let others believe what they want to? Simple, God’s creation is most beautiful and perfect; it is mankind that messes it up. Maybe if more people saw the love God has for each of us, and that we are wonderfully and marvelously created to be in relationship with our Creator; then maybe, just maybe we wouldn’t work so hard to destroy one another.

[For more discussion on the Universe, please refer to the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God” by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]