Friday, March 27, 2009

Intelligent Design or Evolution?

Recently I read a newspaper editorial that discussed the Texas Board of Education discussion related to teaching creationism in schools. It seemed to me that the writer thinks anyone who doesn’t agree with theory of evolution is intellectually challenged. I am offended by that attitude. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t evolve from the monkeys. I am an intelligent design of a Supreme Being (God) who created me with enough intelligence to graduate third in my college class. I don’t consider myself “intellectually challenged” even though I do not agree with the theory of evolution. Personally, I am amazed that anyone can look at the magnificence intricacies in the world around them and not realize all this didn’t just evolve by chance. It was planned. All the details of nature that interact to sustain life were created to function together in extraordinary ways by a Supreme Being with intelligence . Consider the millions of details of the human body that interact to keep us breathing and functioning. People can’t really believe this all happened without an intelligent plan, can they? One small detail that astounds me is how well my feet fit together when I lie down. The instep of one foot nestles around the heel or the ankle of my other foot in a comfortable fashion. I am awed and humbled that God paid attention to such little details for my comfort. Let the editorial writer believe the theory of evolution if he chooses. If the theory is true, then surely it can stand up to scrutiny of scientific discovery. After all, our youth need to learn to look at all sides of issues in school—not just the politically correct side. That’s how they learn and become intelligent thinkers. Putting people down who do not believe as you do is not what I consider a sign of intelligent thinking. It sounds more like intolerance to me. Now isn’t that an interesting word? Many people like to talk about “tolerance” and think it is a great idea as long as it means you are being tolerant of their beliefs. When it comes their turn to be tolerant of your beliefs, it’s a different story. They don’t want to allow you the same privilege that they expect you to allow them. They belittle your beliefs and are not tolerant at all. In the Bible in Matthew 7:3-5, we read: "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” Perhaps now is a good time to look at our own attitudes and see if there is a need to revise our modus operandi to align our actions more closely with what the Bible teaches.

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