Evidence Demanding An Intelligent Response
by Robin Swoboda-Wagner

[Intelligent / adj. 1 having or showing intelligence, esp. of a high level. 2 clever]

[Design / n. 1 plan or sketch for making a building, machine, garment, etc. 2. plan, purpose or intention]

Okay, now that we know the meaning of those words it is my sincere hope that we're all on the same page. I don't know about you but I sit back in amazement as Ohio state lawmakers debate the issue of Intelligent Design. I always called it Creation but apparently that's not politically correct anymore. Perhaps the term creation is reserved now just for fashion, meals and flower arrangements. "I'm wearing a creation of Jean-Paul George-Ann Ringo for the Oscars." "The meal we're serving this evening is the creation of our Master Chef, S. Pat Chula." "Up next, a lovely creation for your dining table. Martha uses dental floss and tiny umbrellas to turn simple flowers into the exotic Far East."

Perhaps the very word creation offends those who vehemently oppose the teaching of it. I remember the days before I was a Christian. I never denied the fact that God existed but I became inclusive of all things New Age. I would go into New Age bookstores and look for answers to the meaning of life. The clerks were always happy to oblige and would tell me to walk up to any book and the book I would choose would be the right one with the right answers. These are the same people who told me to soak a crystal in salt water and then put it outside in the light of a full moon, thus creating a "crystal with ultimate powers." I feel silly in admitting that I did it and sillier yet to tell you the only power that crystal had was as a paperweight. Oh, it did get me to part with a 20 dollar bill which I spent on the crystal and the rare Dead Sea Salt it needed to be soaked in. I read books about reincarnation and thought that God gave us so many "times at bat" so that we could get it right before we got into heaven. I even went to an astrologer who told me that I had lived many lives before and that in one of them, my Mother was my servant. (Don't ever tell this kind of thing to your Mother. It will make her very, very angry.)

Since I became a Christian in 1989, I now believe that every word of the Bible is true. I recently read where there is documented evidence of a man who fell off a ship, was swallowed by a fish and lived to tell about it. More and more, science is inadvertently proving the Bible to be true. It would take a fool to deny the evidence.

Yet there are people who believe we have "evolved" into who we are today. Once upon a time an amoeba washed up on the shore of an ocean. After some time, it apparently started sprouting arms and legs before finally taking the shape of a monkey. Then one day the monkey picked up a razor and decided to shave before putting his wallet in the back pocket of his pants and THAT'S how man was created!!!!

Now let's see, which version could be true? Which seems the most logical?

Intelligent Design or Creation: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Gen. 1:1 "When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He called them male and female and He blessed them." Gen. 5:1& 2

The Big Bang Theory: There once was nothing. Then a big explosion happened out of nowhere and it created people and paradises such as Hawaii, the majestic Rocky Mountains and maybe even the world's largest ball of yarn over there in Indiana.

Evolution: One day an amoeba washed up onto the shoreline and liked it. He hung out on the beach until he grew arms and legs and could walk into a jungle where he eventually turned into a monkey. He grew tired of swinging in the trees and eating bananas which is good because one day he put his banana down, picked up a newspaper and invented the light bulb, the airplane and the vaccine for polio.

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made," Romans 1:2 NKJV

Now you tell me, what's there to debate?

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