Some Christians will talk about intelligent design and claim that it points to God and proves evolution false, but that’s not really true.
Intelligent design, which is sometimes called ID, points to the apparent order in the universe and infers that it could not have come about through random processes, as evolution teaches. ID says that if we see design, it’s logical to infer that there is also a designer.
Intelligent Design, however, does not point to God. It claims a designer but does not name that designer as our Creator God. It also fails to address the impact of the fall on creation. Because of one man’s sin (Adam, Rom 5:12), God’s beautiful and perfect creation was cursed and death entered the world.
The Intelligent Design Movement does refute evolution and it addresses errors in Darwinianism, but it does not reveal the whole truth about origins. As Christians, we are creationists. We get our understanding of creation from the Bible, which tells that our Triune God is both Designer and Creator! He spoke the earth into existence and created man in His image (Genesis 1). And when man turned from his Creator God and sinned, God revealed His great love for all His creation and promised deliverance (Genesis 3).
The Bible offers all truths about creation and redemption. Design theories will always fall short because they are just that…theories. The “shifting sands” of man’s theories will never support the banner of truth that the rock-solid foundation of the Bible does. We know what the Bible says about building a house on shifting sand. It will not stand. But having been built on the rock of Jesus, the Word of God endures forever.
In Colossian 1:15-20, Paul writes about God as both Creator and Redeemer. The world around us testifies to the love and grace of our wonderful Creator. Intelligent Design certainly understands an Intelligent Designer but fails to recognize the designer as God. And that hinders their ability to see Him as Redeemer.
General and Special Revelation
Creation is the general revelation of God. Look around and see the beauty of God’s handiwork. Use it to open conversations with those who don’t know Jesus. But then turn the conversation, and share the special revelation of God found in His Word. Tell people, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
Our commission is not to argue evolution and Intelligent Design. Nor is it to argue the facts of biblical creation. Our commission is to point people to the one true Creator and Redeemer and the salvation that is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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