ANDREW: Genesis Sermon Series – Intelligent Design and BIG words
I suppose I should begin by saying, “Thank you for enduring a sermon with too many big words.” I did explain some of them during the sermon and others I just used without explanation. After church more than a few people asked me about the meaning of some of the words and some kids just had fun trying to spell them.
I will explain one phrase as I was using it. I referred to “atheistic naturalistic” evolution. I was speaking of Darwinian macro-evolution referring to his theory about the origins of life and mutations across species lines. However, I do think we see adaptation and some mutation in nature but that we do not have any examples of it occurring across species lines.
Atheism is the belief that there is no God. Naturalism is the belief that the natural world is all that exists and there is no supernatural (i.e. God). So then, naturalistic evolution refers to not only the process of evolution happening within the natural world, but also means that by definition it could not have been influenced by the supernatural—God. My point was that this concept of naturalistic macro-evolution is inconsistent with an intelligent designer that appears self-evident from the world around us.
In fact, I heard an example on the NPR (national public radio) this morning. Here is the link to a story about how sea turtles navigate through the oceans. They use magnetic fields to determine proximity to the North Pole (latitude) and also do determine longitude. So hatchling sea turtles in Puerto Rico and off the coast of Africa enter the ocean and swim in different directions based on the magnetic navigation abilities so they can get to the place in the Atlantic Ocean where they can feed and grow in the cover of a particular kind of sea weed. And this ability is something they are born with not a learned behavior. It sounds like Intelligent Design to me. If you want to read more about it here is the link: (http://www.npr.org/2011/03/02/134175104/for-turtles-earths-magnetism-is-a-built-in-gps).
I promise to use words this Sunday that are more understandable as we consider why we were created with a need for rest.