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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by a staff of ACTS International.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Evolution or Intelligent Design

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."1

Chuck Colson in BreakPoint talked about evolution scientists who "came up with the 'million monkeys' theory to show that Shakespeare's genius was nothing special, that his works could have come about purely by chance. And, the theory goes, 'If monkeys could knock out a Shakespearean tragedy given enough time, then what about creating Shakespeare himself? Couldn't he be almost as easily explained on Darwinian grounds?'

"But do you know what happened when scientists tried to test their theory? Obviously, they couldn't test it for a million years, but they thought they could get some idea about the truth of the theory by testing it for a month. The monkeys pressed some random letters on the keyboard, bashed the computer with stones, and—to put it as delicately as possible—used it as a toilet. 'Suffice it to say,' the authors remark dryly, 'their literary efforts fall a good deal short of the Bard'
2 [goal].

"It's difficult to see how extending this farce for a million years would have made any difference at all. In fact, a scientist at MIT used a computer simulation to prove that it could not have happened."3

It seems to me that it takes a whole lot more "faith" to believe in evolution than it does to believe in intelligent design and a divine Creator. 

Everybody believes in something—and what we believe in is a choice. Choose wisely for what you choose will determine your eternal destiny. Eternity is forever and that is an awful long time.

For help on choosing to believe in God and accept his way, go to: http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open the eyes of my understanding so that I will see the truth about life, about You, and about my eternal destiny with or without You. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Psalm 19:1 (NIV).
2. Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt, A Meaningful World.
3. Chuck Colson, "What Has Darwin to Do with Shakespeare?" BreakPoint, October 12, 2006. http://www.breakpoint.org/.


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