At a recent event in Austin, Texas, I was asked the following question by several people: “If the evidence so clearly does not support evolution, why do scientists believe it?” The reply I always give in response to that question is that people do not want to be responsible to God. It shows us this is not an issue of the evidence but rather one of worldviews—does man determine truth apart from God or does God determine truth? If God determines truth and He is our Creator, then we have a responsibility to Him as His creation. Since we all have a sin nature, those who have not received Christ as their Savior try to reject and deny the existence of God so they can live their lives the way they please.
Read what Dr. Robert Sapolsky, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, wrote in response to the question, “What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?”
A wonderful example is how local rules about attraction and repulsion (i.e., positive and negative charges) allow simple molecules in an organic soup to occasionally form more complex ones. Life may have originated this way without the requirement of bolts of lightening [sic] to catalyze the formation of complex molecules.The real motive in attributing design in living things to random chance is that “a blue print maker” or God is not necessary. Richard Lewontin, professor of biology emeritus at Harvard University, stated the following:
And why is self-organization so beautiful to my atheistic self? Because if complex, adaptive systems don't require a blue print, they don't require a blue print maker. If they don't require lightening [sic] bolts, they don't require Someone hurtling lightening [sic] bolts.
Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.Again, evolution is believed and promoted in spite of the evidence because some scientists have a commitment to materialism (no supernatural) and “cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”
An atheist recently said to me, “If God does, in fact, exist, can there be any doubt that he could provide you with the words that would convince me?” I replied to him, “There are no more words I can say that God has not already said. God has given us His Word in the Bible, and Romans 1:20 is clear that God has made Himself known through what He has created so that people are “without excuse.” Like Romans 1:18 states, this atheist and many scientists are willfully “suppress[ing] the truth in unrighteousness.” Romans 1:18–21 states,
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.Please pray for these people to be brought to light, the truth of God’s Word, before it is too late.
Keep fighting the good fight of the faith!