This is an analysis to Debunking Christianity’s recent blog entitled Doctors Fight to Save the Life of a Six-Legged Baby.

John Loftus begins the article by laying down the challenge: “Intelligent design anyone? Where is it? And what is your God doing about this situation and numerous others that don’t get this kind of world attention? Even if your God couldn’t get it right the first time then at least he could do something miraculous.”

It is interesting to note however that this is not the first time the question was raised.  Jesus had been asked the same question by his disciples in the first three verses of John 9.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Every time one challenges Intelligent Design, the hidden assumption is that the design must be perfect.  Yet none of the theists argue that the world and everything in it is designed to perfection.  Intelligent Design is not equal to Perfect Design.  To this the Bible concurs.  In Romans 8:20-21, Paul writes:

20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

In reading John’s article, another assumption comes to mind… that human being is of essential worth.  Yet in atheism, how are the molecules that build up a man more important than molecules that build up a pig? In atheism, there is no moral difference between cooking a pig to be fed to children and cooking a child to be fed to pigs.  For in atheism, there is no objective moral foundation upon which all should subscribe into.  Only in the Judeo-Christian worldview does man have an intrinsic moral worth that sits on top of any law or fiat or culture… for men are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27)… and to violate a human being is, in the rightful sense of the term, to violate God.

Thus, one begins to see that the outcry of atheists over the violation of a human being is only valid if the existence of the Judeo-Christian God is assumed in the process.  Muslims and Calvinists would simply say “Insha’Allah” Hindus would simply say “Karma” and Buddhists would simply shrug their shoulders… for God is not assumed in their faith.

One begins to see now that atheists who use intelligent design against Christians are simply pulling the rug under their own feet.

Now to further illustrate how such an argument fails, it is interesting to know that in Christianity, God’s ultimate purpose for man is not to live and enjoy life in this world.  Rather, as Romans 8 puts it… this world is created to frustrate us so that we would long for something more that only God can give—Eternal Pleasure… and such is only possible in His bosom.

John 14:6 says that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Him.  Only in Christianity are we given an attainable means to enjoy pleasure as it is meant to be enjoyed.   No other worldview, certainly not atheism, can offer pleasure in the same manner as the Christian God can.

Did God design the world perfectly? Certainly not.  The only way for a perfect being to design the world imperfectly is if His purpose is not for us to be contented in this world but rather for us to have eternal life in His bosom… and that exactly, explains why the world is in such a state as it is now.

 

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