But the unbelieving Atheist rejects any notion of intelligent design, as the slippery slope leads to a God. Intelligent design therefore is the quintessential line of demarcation. If we can prove intelligent design, the Atheist will be forced to rethink everything, and take on a completely new paradigm.
Beloved Paul said this in his epistle to the Romans:
- 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 [Atheists] are without excuse.
This was not a flippant, casual statement. Paul didn’t merely say that because we have trees and grass and the sky, it is therefore completely obvious that God exists. No. Paul was a very wise and intellectual man. What he meant by his argument was this: If you look really close to the things around you and how they function—the obviousness of intelligent design is inescapable. Even Albert Einstein, the greatest scientist in history, couldn't escape the unmistakable conclusion that the universe has an antecedent cause and an intelligent design.
But let's take a look at creation, as Paul suggests, and discern for ourselves. Out of countless examples, consider the dandelion. This little weed has a remarkable mechanism which allows it to travel great distances for the purpose of propagation and survival. Within the flowering bloom of the dandelion are many seeds; seeds which are equipped with what can best be described as parachutes. These parachutes give the seeds the ability to ride the wind, travel to new places even miles away, and plant themselves into the ground and create new flowers.
What a brilliant, creative way of spreading the species. Could it just be dumb luck that these dandelions make use of the wind to ensure their survival? Even if one takes the position of genetic adaption over time, what is it exactly that grants this adaptation? Does the dandelion flower itself have a survival mechanism in its genetic code that allows for adaptation? Wouldn’t that be considered a form of intelligence, and if so, is the intelligence within the flower itself? Where did the intelligent ability to adapt and survive come from?
These are the kind of things Paul had in mind when he said if we look closely at the intelligent way everything around us operates, we have no justifiable reason to shrug it off and deny intelligent design.