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The more deeply scientists delve Into the mysteries of the universe, the more their discoveries support the existence of God. But all too often they are remarkably silent about this aspect of their findings.

Recent breakthroughs In understanding the cell, the basic building block of life, are a case In point. Michael Behe, associate professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University In Pennsylvania, after analyzing extensive research at the molecular level, decided to go public with Its far-reaching Implications. His book Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution (1996) Is packed with supporting scientific data, In clear layman's language, that substantiates his stunning conclusion. Here are several excerpts:

"In some ways, grown-up scientists are ... prone to wishful thinking ... For example, centuries ago It was thought that Insects and other small animals arose directly from spoiled food. This was easy to believe, because small animals were thought to be very simple (before the Invention of the microscope naturalists thought that Insects had no Internal organs).

"But as biology progressed and careful experiments showed that protected food did not breed life, the theory of spontaneous generation retreated to the limits beyond which science could not detect what was really happening. In the nineteenth century that meant the cell. When beer, milk, or urine were allowed to sit for several days In containers, even closed ones, they always became cloudy from something growing In them.

"The microscopes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries showed the growth was very small, apparently living cells. So It seemed reasonable that simple living organisms could arise spontaneously from liquids.

"The key to persuading people was the portrayal of the cells as 'simple.' One of the chief advocates of the theory of spontaneous generation during the middle of the nineteenth century was Ernst Haeckel, a great admirer of Darwin and an eager popularlzer of Darwin's theory.

"From the limited view of cells that microscopes provided, Haeckel believed that a cell was a 'simple little lump of albuminous combination of carbon,' not much different from a piece of microscopic Jell-0. So It seemed to Haeckel that such simple life, with no Internal organs, could be produced from Inanimate material. Now, of course, we know better" (pp. 23-24).

How complex Is the cell? Zoology professor and evolutionist Richard Dawklns admits that the cell nucleus "contains a digitally coded database larger, In Information content, than all 30 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica put together. And this figure Is for each cell... The total number of cells In the body (of a human) Is about 10 trillion" {The Blind Watchmaker, 1986, pp. 17-18, emphasis In original).

Dr. Behe later In his book discusses the significance of the complexity and Intricacy scientists have discovered, explaining: "Over the past four decades modern biochemistry has uncovered the secrets of the cell. The progress has been hard won. It has required tens of thousands of people to dedicate the better parts of their lives to the tedious work of the laboratory ...

"The results of these cumulative efforts to Investigate the cell—to Investigate life at the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind." Then verses 26-27 tell us of the origin of human life.

We should pay special attention to the creation of the first man. Genesis 2:7 says, "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground [from nonliving matter], and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." So the biblical explanation is that human life came directly from God.

molecular level—Is a loud, clear, piercing cry of 'design!' The result Is so unambiguous and so significant that It must be ranked as one of the greatest achievements In the history of science. The discovery rivals those of Newton and Einstein, Lavoisier and Schrodlnger, Pasteur, and Darwin. The observation of the Intelligent design of life Is as momentous as the observation that the earth goes around the sun or that disease Is caused by bacteria or that radiation Is emitted In quanta.

"The magnitude of the victory, gained at such great cost through sustained effort over the course of decades, would be expected to send champagne corks flying labs around the world. This triumph of science should evoke cries of 'Eureka!' from ten thousand throats, should occasion much hand-slap-ping and hlgh-flvlng, and perhaps even be an excuse to take the day off.

"But no bottles have been uncorked, no hands slapped. Instead a curious, embarrassed silence surrounds the stark complexity of the cell. When the subject comes up In public, feet start to shuffle, and breathing gets a bit labored. In private people are a bit more relaxed; many explicitly admit the obvious but then stare at the ground, shake their heads, and let It go at that.

"Why does the scientific community not greedily embrace Its startling discovery? Why Is the observation of design handled with Intellec-

Science has made remarkable strides in understanding not only outer space, but inner space. Research into cells, such as the nerve cell at left, has revealed great complexity and unmistakable evidence of design and a Designer.

tual gloves? The dilemma Is that while one side of the elephant Is labeled Intelligent design, the other side might be labeled God" (pp. 232-233, original emphasis).

Indeed, the simplest living cell Is so Intricate, complex and marvelous In Its design that even the possibility of Its coming Into existence accidentally Is unthinkable. The evidence of an Intelligent Designer Is overwhelming to those willing to see!

Genesis explains that God is, in fact, the source of all life. The life of God

The Bible reveals much more about the Giver of life. It attests that He "has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see" (1 Timothy 6:16). Jesus Christ tells us, "For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself' (John 5:26).

Here and in the book of Genesis we find verification of the most basic law of biogenesis: Life can come only from preexisting life. Life comes only from something already living, not from inert, dead matter. God, having eternal life in Himself, is the original Lifegiver.

The Bible also reveals that God has always existed. He "inhabits eternity" (Isaiah 57:15). Humanly, we find it difficult to grasp this concept. To us it seems natural for everything to have a beginning and an end. But some things are simply beyond our grasp. Here is where God wants us to rely on His Word, to accept what He reveals and reflect on how incredibly limited we are in comparison to Him (Isaiah 40:25-26,28; 46:9-10; 55:8-9).

The Scriptures tell us, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible" (Hebrews 11:3). The materials at hand that are taken for granted in evolutionary theory were simply not present to start with. God does not explain how He created the heavens and earth, only that He did. He gives us ample evidence in other areas that His Word, the Bible, is true. He wants us to take Him at His word.

Imparting spirit life to others

Again, only God who possesses life everlasting, can create new forms of life, whether they be physical or something far greater. He is the source of life.

From God's vantage point, far more important than His creation of biological life is that He is in the process of creating new spirit life—among His called and chosen human servants. John wrote that "He who has the Son has [eternal] life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have [eternal] life" (1 John 5:12).

The apostle Paul reminded a young evangelist that Jesus Christ "has abolished death and brought [eternal] life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Timothy 1:10). Human beings, who have a physical life averaging about 70 years (Psalm 90:10), have the opportunity to live forever. Paul wrote about the "hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began" (Titus 1:2). He taught that faithful students of Christ have "become heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:7).

The Giver of life first gave man physical life, as we read in the first two chapters of Genesis. Like the animals, man can and does die (Hebrews 9:27). But unlike animals, man was created with the potential to attain eternal life. When you understand that God is the Lifegiver who created man for His own special purpose, with the potential of immortality, life takes on meaning far greater than the empty purposelessness inherent in a faith in evolution.

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