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Evidence for Design in Nature
John Oakes -- San Diego, California
June 13, 2005
            The wonders of nature shout out to all those willing to hear that there is a wonderful and powerful creator of it all.  Anyone willing to take the time to look and to listen can see evidence for God all around them.  Anyone, that is, who is willing to accept the idea of God and the implications of the existence of God for their own lives.
            One group of people in our world who have even less excuse than the rest of us for not believing in and responding to God is the scientists.  This is because they are in touch with the amazing intricacies of God’s creation on several levels which most people are unaware of.  Below is a list of  evidence for a designer of the universe from scientific knowledge.
 1.      Consider the amazing element carbon.  Of the 100+ elements, only carbon has the correct properties required to build the large molecules required to create life.  Carbon is able to  build long strands of atoms, cyclic molecules, molecules with rigid or flexible structures, flat, linear and three-dimensional molecules.  Carbon forms single and multiple bonds with itself and other atoms.  If the properties of carbon were even slightly different,  life would not exist anywhere in the universe.  Surely God designed the properties of carbon to make life possible.
 2.      Water is a very important molecule to life for a great number of reasons.  Without water as a solvent, life would be impossible.  Water is a very simple molecule made out of two hydrogen atoms attached to one oxygen atom, bent at a 105 degree angle.  If water was linear instead of bent at this angle, it would boil at about –250 degrees Farenheit, and there would surely be no life anywhere in the universe.  Water has the property, because it is bent, of being very sticky.  For this reason, it can dissolve a great number of kinds of compounds, making it an ideal solvent for living things.  At the same time, because water molecules are so sticky, water can absorb a lot of heat, making it capable of maintaining the temperature of the earth within a very small range.  The water molecule was designed just right to allow life to exist.
 3.      Next, consider the force of gravity.  Stars and galaxies form out of the original matter of creation due to the attractive force of gravity pulling the created matter together.  According to physicists, if the attractive force of gravity had been a tiny fraction smaller, galaxies and stars would never have formed.  If the force due to gravity had been just slightly larger than it is, the universe would have collapsed soon after its creation, and life would never have formed.  The gravity force is exactly what it needs to be to allow for galaxies, stars, planets, and eventually life to exist.  Good job, God!
 4.      Now, please consider the eye.  It is a marvel of design on every level.  It has a flexible lens with a variable focal length, allowing both near and distant objects to be focused.  It has molecules with the incredible property of turning light photons into an electrical signal.  It has an adjustable aperture (the pupil), which responds more accurately than any computer-controlled camera.  Charles Darwin called the eye his worst nightmare because he was fully aware that it was inconceivable that any kind of random process or natural selection could cause the first eye to appear spontaneously.  The growth in our understanding of both the chemical and physical function of the eye since Darwin’s time has made the problem even more intractable.  Can anyone believe that the eye was not designed by a creator?  Sure.  People who refuse to accept the personal implications of a divine designer in their own lives can close their eyes to both the design and the designer.  Again we say good job God!
 5.      Lastly, consider the genetic code and the function of DNA in passing on information from generation to generation.  Our cells contain thousands of extremely complex chemical factory-like protein molecules called enzymes.  Cells build these huge and complex molecules by using the code written into the DNA molecules contained in the chromosomes.  The question is, who created the code in the first place?  Can a code just form itself spontaneously?  Besides, the enzymes created by the DNA are required in order for a cell to synthesize DNA, so which came first, the chicken (DNA) or the egg (protein enzymes)?  The obvious answer is that both the proteins and the DNA, as well as the code system by which DNA is capable of directing the synthesis of proteins were designed by a very intelligent and powerful creator.
The properties of carbon, the shape of the water molecule, the size of the gravity force, the design of the eye, the genetic code, the list could go on almost indefinitely.  One could mention the size of the electrostatic force, the magnetic field of the earth, the protective ozone layer, and on and on…all required for the existence of life on the earth.  The world is an amazing mosaic of design which makes the statement in Romans 1:20 ring true:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
John M. Oakes, PhD   

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