Sunday, September 27, 2009

Same Evidence, Two Views . . .

We just finished watching The March of the Penguins tonight with the girls. What an amazing documentary which chronicles the incredible story of the Emperor Penguins and their journey 70+ miles across the ice to find the exact spot they started from, how they find each other, how they take care of their young, how they take turns moving to the inside of the "pack" to stay warm, etc. It was a truly fascinating look at them which showed, also, the amazing mind of man that he could film and document them in such a detailed way, including undersea shots and other footage that was simply stunning.

It was also sad. Multiple times Morgan Freeman, the narrator, would say something to the effect of, "We don't know how..." or, "We don't know why...". He even, one time, said something to the effect of, "They do this in a way designed to...". And yet, no mention of the designer, no recognition of a Creator.

Romans 1:20 says: For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. The "they" here is man. Us. God says we are without excuse when we can see the most amazing things of Creation and deny Him. That is a scary statement. It is very final. "Without excuse." That pretty much says it all and doesn't leave any room for hedging or hope apart from it.

I found it so sad that the same brilliant mind of man that could track and film these creatures amidst nature's harshest environment could, at the same time, see and study it all and miss the very One it points to, the designer of the design. I think that this struck me with such contrast because, just a few weeks ago, we watched as a family the amazing DVD series, Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution. In this series they, too, chronicled the Emperor Penguin (among many other creatures), but they showed how so many facets of the Emperor Penguin's life and journey and internal knowledge base could not have evolved, but how they had to be in place, all at once, for the species to survive. They watched and chronicled the exact same march, the exact same habits, the exact same species, and they, to the contrary, gave the glory to God and showed so clearly how these amazing creatures point to the Creator who created them. It was, coming just weeks apart, a stark contrast.

It is a clear sign of the depth of blinding that the enemy has accomplished that we can look at creatures like these, and miss the One who made them. How do they find their way 70+ miles to the same spot when the landscape has changed and shifted and altered their route? How do they take turns keeping each other warm if only the strongest are supposed to survive? How do they "know" when to go, and when to return, and that they are supposed to return and find their same mate and same baby? What is the source of this knowledge? How does it come about and how does it get transferred? How would this species have survived and reproduced if, at one time, they had less information in their minds than they do now, and could only find their way half way, or do half their job?

I could go on and on, listing more and more questions—questions that "brilliant" men struggle so hard to explain any other possible way than to simply recognize and acknowledge that One greater than they made it that way. To God be the Glory.

(Thanks to M/Y/D/S Animal Graphics for their royalty free clip art of the Emperor Penguin. I have not explored the site fully so I do not endorse any other part of it.)

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