BEYOND INTELLIGENT DESIGN
Posted 17-04-2012 by John Thomas in Miscellaneous
All the world is a stage, says William Shakespeare, in As You Like It, and all the men and women merely players – a vision of a truly Global Theatre, with a cast of billions, actors and extras, plus a vast range of props and backdrops.
Shakespeare evidently perceived, as Jesus and Paul point out, that the earth and universe constitute a cinemascopic, wrap-around, 3-D audio-visual environment, a truly interactive learning experience of pain and pleasure, awe and wonder, joy and sorrow, hope and despair. A scenario that reveals the glory of God and blasts evolution to bits.
Shakespeare was clearly at one with nature – a key principle of creative genius as taught in Solomon's Song of Songs. Perhaps this is why, in As you Like It, he also has a character saying that he “finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.” Having quoted from 42 book of the Bible in his plays, Shakespeare must have read Psalm 19, which says that: “The heavens declare the glory of God . . . and day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge” – matters above and beyond the realm of evolution and biology.
Meta Level Magic
The word meta means beyond or higher – and in his letter to the Romans (chapter 1:19-20), the Apostle Paul also reveals a meta level of creative design in the world, a dimension that Darwin apparently knew nothing about, or was not willing to admit even if he did. Paul informs us that: “The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead” – so that the things God has created, the very flora and fauna that Charles Darwin was so desperate to attribute to the action of natural selection, are actually designed to do far more than merely exist and search for food and reproduce.
They are designed to impart understanding – to communicate, to speak and act out messages and lessons programmed into them by their Maker. Manifesting in particular, the glorious plan of the Kingdom of God and redemption through Jesus Christ.
For example, although Darwin was deeply troubled by the violence he saw in nature, he failed to realize that the evils he saw were manifestations of the human nature that Adam and Eve took on in the Garden of Eden when they rejected God's direct warnings and ate of the forbidden fruit.
Again, despite his theological training, Darwin apparently also forgot that the original ecology of the creation week account was benign and non-violent – a condition that will be restored at Christ's return, as described by the prophets (Isaiah chapter 2).
When Adam and Eve chose to reject God's guidance, however, that ecology was changed – in order to demonstrate the dangers and end results of the selfish and competitive path that has led mankind to violence, war, misery, disease and the verge of self-destruction.
I suspect that every organism demonstrates some kind of key lesson, good or bad – such as the greedy pig, the sloth, the loan shark, the dog that returns to its vomit, the lizard whose low profile gains him entrance to the king's palace, the proud lion, the industrious ant, the poisonous snake, the protective mother hen, the spider that tries and tries to reach its goal, the overly anxious snail that retreats into its shell at the least provocation, and the silly ostrich that buries its head to deny reality – and the butterfly whose amazing metamorphosis must depict death and resurrection to spirit life, as does a wrinkled potato or bulb that is buried in the ground only to emerge later in a new and glorious form. And so it goes.
Darwinism has been described as the most seductive idea in science – and so it is, one that warps the mind and induces momentary insanity. A similar metaphor would be the nibbling of a magic mushroom that induces hallucinations of unreality. Paul speaks, also, of false religious ideas that can spread around the world like a cancer in the body. Germs, also, clearly depict invisible spirit forces that can infect our thinking and even make us sick.
The metaphorical nature of the world, the ingrained intellectual messaging, is simply too amazing to have come about as an accident of mindless evolution. It is on a different level to the biology of cells and DNA, beyond intelligent design, and has been programmed into organisms by a higher power, expressing spiritual principles and purposes that no system of Natural Selection could know anything about. As a result, it is no accident that some key metaphors occur over and over in the Bible.
Note that the messaging goes beyond the level of living organisms. In the very physical structure of the cosmos, for example, it is evident that each day depicts our lives – the youth of the morning, to the tired old age of evening. Likewise the pattern of the seasons – from the youth of spring to the old age of winter.
Had you realized that each night, when you go to bed, you metaphorically die – which is why death is described in the Bible as sleep. And that next morning, you are metaphorically resurrected to new life. These things are no accident of nature, but are the deliberate design of God, showing how His plan of redemption is being worked out. If we seek the Truth about life, then, let us not go to the inane ideas of the desperate Charles Darwin, but to the inspired and scientifically accurate word of God and the Genesis account of creation.
The Spirit of God at Work
It is no accident that the miraculous substance we call water, with which we wash away dirt and microbes, is a direct type of the Holy Spirit of God that wipes away sin. No wonder repentant believers were baptised by immersion in water. And no wonder Moses required vessels to be washed in running water, a key principle of hygeine that was neglected for thousands of years, but when restored did more to elimnate disease than any other measure. Incidentally, even going to the toilet has a metaphorical significance that I leave the reader to consider.
Light is also a powerful metaphor for the Holy Spirit of God – as it removes darkness, just as knowledge dispells ignorance, and illuminates our path, and imparts joy.
It seems significant that Darwin was greatly troubled by the utter complexity of the human eye, the very device that enables us to see light and receive information – and metaphorically understand Truth in general. Each day, the earth emerges from darkness into the light of the sun – just as one day soon, the world will emerge from this dark age of Darwinism, false religion and ignorance into the true Light.
Energy itself, in all its forms, is a mighty metaphor for the power of God. Indeed it is energy that has transformed the lot of mankind, freeing them from the slavery of manual labour. That mysterious entity, which defies the understanding of science, is eternal and cannot be created or destroyed – although it can be changed from one form to another– such as chemical, electrical, mechanical and thermal. Astonishingly, as Einstein discovered and quantified, the whole earth, including our bodies, is composed of packets of energy in the form of particles of matter – electrons, neutrons and protons. And, incredibly, every object and organism on earth is composed from those three tiny building blocks, which of themselves are actually invisible until light bounces off them, or until heated to a high enough temperature.
The Gap Theory
As warmth, energy typifies love – and without that heat our lives would be miserable and our bodies would die. It is interesting that the fossil record shows a break between a prehistoric world dominated by cold-blooded reptilian monsters, and the present age of mammals, warm-blooded and potentially cuddly creatures. As revered evolutionist , George Gaylord Simpson, described it, the most puzzling event in the history of life on earth is the change from the Mesozoic Age of Reptiles to the age of Mammals. He likened it to a curtain coming down on that violent pre-historic age, and then rising again to show an entirely different cast on the stage, the leading parts now being taken by mammals.
Simpson's observation is supported by the ancient but oddly-neglected Gap Theory which teaches, as geology suggests and a literal reading of Genesis allows, that there was prehistoric age before this one – a world that was destroyed in one or a series of mass extinctions, leaving the earth in the darkened, formless and empty state described in the very first few verses of the Bible. That world was one of competition and violence – but the present one, originally at least, one of peace and love.
Continuing Shakespeare's metaphor, the Gap Theory suggests we are now in Act 2 of God's cosmic drama – with Act 1 being the previous prehistoric age, and Act 3 to follow, the Kingdom of God on earth, a new world of peace and joy for all mankind. A happy ending!
It was no accident of evolution that Jesus, the one who actually created the universe (Ephesians 3:9), was able to draw so many important spiritual lessons from nature – such as the parable of the sower and the seed. The simple fact is that the world is an audio-visual environment carefully designed to teach important principles – proof absolute that all organisms are the creative handiwork of God, not mindless evolution.
Jesus instructed his disciples to consider aspects of the natural world, such as the way lilies do not toil or spin, yet their beauty exceeds that of any man-made garments. So, like Solomon, why not take time to stop and stoop down to consider the industrious little ant and the way he works in cooperation with others to store up food for the winter?
Gardening teaches many lessons. Trees bear fruit, for example – good things that give benefits to mankind, just as a people are intended to produce good works, and that we do not worship God by rituals, but by the way we live and treat other people. Even the soil itself teaches us lessons – the fact that we “reap what we sow”, hopefully good plants, not weeds that need to be uprooted before they become too big and established.
Even man and woman and sex and reproduction illustrate the purposes of God and the Church, as typified by father and mother in a family and the fact that we are literally to be children of God (1 John 3:2), as Jesus tells us in the Lord's Prayer. The Bible even makes a distinction between begettal or conception and birth. Despite the claims of many preachers to the contrary, Christians are not yet born of the Spirit, but are begotten, and being metaphorically in the womb for the moment.
For as Jesus explained in another powerful metaphor (John 3:6), a person born of the Spirit would not be a physical being, but would be invisible, like the wind that blows and can exert force and move things, but is intangible. Paul makes the same point in 1 Corinthians 15. This is why, when God breathed the breath of life into Adam at this creation, the phrase has both a literal and spiritual meaning.
Nature actually teaches the principles of creativity, which is why God put Adam and Eve in a garden. The principles of Brainstorming, for example, can be summarised in the word SCAMPER? – a mnemonic for asking what elements of a problem situation can be Substituted, Combined, Adapted, Magnified/minimised, Put to other uses, Eliminated, Rearranged/reversed?
These principles of variation are demonstrated ad infinitum in any garden by the way plants have – stems that thinner/thicker , smooth/textured – petals and leaves and other parts that are more/fewer, bigger/smaller, and different colours – patterns and fragrances, creeping, climbing, entwining habits, deep or shallowed roots, etc. , etc..
The Sexual Chemistry of Creativity
The pollination of flowering plants also demonstrates one of the most powerful creative principle, already alluded to, namely that of Combination – in which grains of pollen are transferred from stamen to stigma, either by the action of the wind, as in cereal crops, or in fruit trees by the bustling bee who is rewarded by a droplet of nectar. On their own, pollen and stigma are of no value, but by fusing together, fruit is produced. Endless inventions have come about by this process, such as Gutenberg combining the power of the grape press he watched at work in a field one day with the printing plate, enabling the mass creation of printed books, one page at a time.
As many creative individuals have perceived over the centuries, and as Solomon realized and built into the Song of Songs, the human process of begettal is a powerful, but not complete, metaphor for the conception of new works of art – books, paintings, songs, music and business projects. Like an embryo in the mother's womb, those projects slowly grow and develop and are then brought to reality by a laborious final effort of birth. These matters are discussed in detail in The Principles of Excellence (Kindle version: King Solomon's Wisdom Trilogy – part 2: Genius 101).
The list goes on and on, but perhaps a good place to stop is with the affliction of blindness. Although we can all choose to close our physical and metaphorical eyes, some people sadly are literally blind. Sadly too there are those who are spiritually blind, who despite their erudite and seemingly scientific books, cannot actually perceive the glory of God's creation and wish instead, like Charles Darwin, to attribute all to the mindless action of Natural Selection and DNA copying errors.
Realizing also, as he has Hamlet telling Horatio that: “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy . . . “, I have little doubt that Shakespeare must have read Genesis with great care, realizing there is more to man and animals than mere atoms and molecules. And that there is a spirit in man that impart intellect, imagination, creativity and instinct (Job 32:8).
If confronted by Darwin's inane and infantile theory, I think Shakespeare would have seen it for the flimsy and infantile deception that it is. After all, Darwin himself admitted that his theory was "a mere ragof an hypothesis with as many flaws and holes as sound parts”. I leave the reader to explain how it was able to seduce the intellectual elite of the western world.
In conclusion, I think it is curtains for Darwinism, as evolution is now being exposed for the hollow atheistic and preposterous sham it really is. What remains now is for young-earth and old-earth creationists to get together and agree on the literal reading of Genesis that harmonizes with the real facts of science. Or . . . they could just read my book Evolution: R.I.P.!
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