Inspired of the Holy Spirit, Paul declared, "For the invisible
things of him [God] from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made,...so that they are
without excuse" (Rom 1:20). God has provided to humble observers of
the universe ample evidence for His existence, evidence available in
every culture and time in history. Thus there is no excuse for
rejecting the witness of creation. No wonder the psalms twice
declare bluntly, "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God"
(Ps 14:1; 53:1).
Christians have long pointed to the works of creation as proof of
design and thus of a designer, i.e., Creator. Atheists have insisted
that science would solve all questions about the cosmos and thus do
away with the need for a God to explain anything. And they have
persisted in this delusion in spite of the fact that, with each
discovery science makes, the evidence for God becomes ever more
Every door science opens reveals ten as yet unopened doors. While
knowledge of the universe is expanding exponentially, the unknown
expands even faster, like receding images in a hall of mirrors.
Scientific discoveries overwhelmingly necessitate a power and
wisdom, without beginning or end and infinitely beyond human
comprehension, which alone could have brought all into existence.
Nowhere is the evidence for God stronger than in life forms,
especially since the discovery of the electron microscope and
invention of computers. Investigating the molecular level of life,
we have discovered that its intricate design and ingenious function
are beyond imagination. Reflecting that fact 3,000 years in advance,
David said, "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully
made: marvellous are thy works..." (Ps 139:14). Observing the
astonishing design and function even of microbes or insects, let
alone human bodies, one is forced to admit that David was right: we
could not have evolved, we could only have been created.
Even such a determined proponent of evolution as Richard Dawkins
confesses that living things "give the appearance of having been
designed for a purpose."1 He even admits that the nucleus
of every cell (the smallest living unit, of which there are
trillions in the human body) contains "a digitally coded database
larger, in information content, than all 30 volumes of the
En-cyclopedia Britannica put together."2 Just the
mathematical odds of getting millions of letters lined up in the
right order by chance is off the possibility chart.
For life, something even more amazing is involved than the chance
aligning of billions of chemical molecules in the right order.
Dawkins refers to a digitally coded data-base! This is recent
terminology never imagined by Darwin. Not only must the DNA
molecules be put together correctly, but they must, like letters,
express information in a language providing
instructions to be followed.
Each person at the moment of conception begins as a single cell. How
does that cell know what to do to construct a body composed of
trillions of individual cells of different kinds and different
functions? Most school children know the answer: imprinted in that
original cell are instructions for the construction and operation of
the human body—instructions which will be followed unerringly. DNA
replicates this blueprint into every cell produced. And every cell,
amazingly, will know which part of those directions it is to follow.
Today's school child also knows that DNA has an incredible capacity
for storing information. The information contained in DNA the
size of a pinhead would fill a stack of books 500 times as high as
the distance from earth to the moon! It would take tens of thousands
of desktop computers to store and process that amount of data.
The world's fastest supercomputer is now being completed. It is
called "Blue Gene" and will perform one quadrillion (1 with 15 zeros
after it) calculations per second! It is being built to map
the three billion chemical letters in the human genome, equal to a
100,000-page run-on sentence of operating instructions for a human
being. All put together by chance?
Blue Gene's first task will be to figure out how the body makes
just one protein molecule. To solve that problem it will run 24
hours a day, seven days a week, for a full year! Yet the body,
following the instructions imprinted in DNA, creates a protein
molecule in a fraction of a second. Were the instructions which this
computer will take a year to understand arrived at by random
processes? All this for just one protein molecule! "The probability
of the required order in a single basic protein molecule arising
purely from chance is estimated at one chance in 1 followed by 43
zeros. Since thousands of complex protein molecules are required to
build a simple cell, probability moves...outside the realm of
It takes many different kinds of enzymes (made of protein) to
decode/translate the genetic information encoded into DNA—and the
enzymes are independently encoded to do this. So it would do no good
for evolution (even if it could) to imprint genetic information on
DNA; at the same time it would have to independently encode
the enzymes to translate it. DNA and the enzymes to decode it could
not "evolve" over a period of time. All must be in perfect working
order from the start. At the molecular level evolution is a bad
Years ago the conundrum was, "Which came first, the chicken or the
egg?" Now it's "Which came first, protein or DNA?" It takes protein
to construct DNA, but it takes DNA to make protein. Obviously, both
were created at once; neither could have evolved.
But the lesson of DNA points far beyond the statistical
impossibility of it all somehow falling together through random
processes over great time. The three billion chemical letters
express information in a language which must be read
to be usable! A language necessarily involves ideas framed within
grammatical rules and can be created and expressed only by
intelligence. This moves us beyond statistics and matter into
another realm, involving issues—and issues cannot be comprehended by
Language expresses thoughts—and thoughts are not physical!
They may be articulated in physical form, such as sounds or words
and sentences on a page or the coded chemical letters in DNA.
Obviously, however, the thoughts being conveyed by the language are
independent of the material upon which they are expressed. A
sentence may be written on paper, wood, sand, a computer chip, or
audio tape, but none of these originated the message. It must
have an intelligent, nonphysical source independent of the
physical means of storage or communication. The Bible, of course,
says that the God who encoded the DNA is a spirit (Jn 4:24).
The fact that life is created and functions by language originating
from an intelligent, nonphysical source forever finishes evolution.
There is no way that chemicals could put together intelligent
thoughts in a language that contains the instructions for
constructing and operating even a single cell, much less the
trillions of cells in the human body! The fact that DNA is designed
to replicate itself precisely and only fails to do so through
destructive error eliminates even theistic evolution.
We are driven by science and logic to admit that life in any form
can have its source only in a God who is independent of the material
universe. That there cannot be more than one source is proved by the
uniformity and universality of the language. These inescapable facts
refute not only atheism but pantheism and polytheism, the major
delusions of paganism.
DNA, of course, does not understand the information encoded
into it. It is a mechanism built and programmed by the Originator of
the encoded language to follow His instructions automatically. And
the most complex mechanism built by DNA is the human brain. More
advanced than any computer yet built by man, it contains some 100
billion nerve cells connected by 240 miles of nerve fibers involving
100 trillion connections.
For all of its complexity, the brain no more originates or
understands what it is doing than does DNA. The brain does not
originate thoughts. If it did, we would have to do whatever our
brains decided. On the contrary, we (the real persons inside) do the
thinking and deciding, and our brains take these nonphysical
thoughts and translate them into physical actions through a
connection between the spirit and body that science can't fathom.
Wilder Penfield, one of the world's leading neurosurgeons, describes
the brain as a computer programmed by something independent of
itself—the mind. Science cannot escape the fact that man himself,
like his Creator, must be a nonmaterial being in order to originate
the thoughts processed by the brain. But man did not originate
thought itself. He did not create himself nor give himself
the capacity to think. The Bible says that God, who is a spirit,
created man "in his own image" (Gn 1:27), that man is a "living
soul" (2:7), i.e., a nonphysical being made like unto his Creator,
capable of thinking thoughts and making decisions. This ability
makes him morally responsible to God. To escape that responsibility
is the sole reason for atheism.
Not only has science failed to do away with God, but the latest data
from computers and the examination of life at the molecular level
confirm what the Bible has always said. Christians have wondered for
centuries what was meant by the Word of God dividing even between
"the joints and marrow" (Heb 4:12). Now we know that the language
God has encoded in the DNA in the act of creation does exactly that.
But God communicates to man in his spirit in a higher language which
"is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (4:12).
This Word of God is "for ever...settled in heaven" (Ps 119:89).
Long before modern science, David wrote, "The heavens declare the
glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day
uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not
heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their
words to the end of the world" (Ps 19:1-4).
It becomes ever more thrilling and increasingly glorifying to God to
allow Scripture to expound upon the essential role language plays in
all creation. Genesis 1 tells us that God said, "Let there be
light," etc. The New Testament tells us that "the Word was
God. All things were made by him..." (Jn 1:1-2). Later we
read, "the worlds were framed by the word of God" (Heb 11:3).
And the universe is "by the same word...reserved unto fire
against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men" (2 Pt
3:7). Jesus said, "the word that I have spoken...shall judge
him in the last day" (Jn 12:48).
Man's capacity to study and understand DNA language is proof that he
is a nonphysical being like the Originator of DNA, thus capable of a
spiritual relationship with the Creator which is far different from
that of any part of man's body. His ability to form conceptual ideas
and to express them in speech allows man to receive communication
from his Creator in language which man (but not animals) can
understand and obey. And conscience tells us when we disobey. The
Bible says that believing and obeying this communication from God is
absolutely essential for spiritual life. Moses declared 3,500 years
ago, "[M]an doth not live by bread only, but by every word
that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live" (Dt
Since Adam's rebellion, his descendants are by nature all "dead in
trespasses and sins" (Eph. 2:1) and must be born again to spiritual
life by the Word of God through the Spirit of God into the
family of God: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that
which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (Jn 3:6); "Being born
again...by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for
ever....And this is the word which by the gospel is preached
unto you" (1 Pt 1:23, 25); "the word of faith, which we
preach" (Rom. 10:8). The psalmist said, "thou hast magnified thy
word above all thy name" (Ps 138:2).
Miraculously, the children of their "father the devil" (Jn 8:44) can
become the "children of God by faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:26).
Yes, "now are we the sons of God..." (1 Jn 3:2). After receiving
spiritual life from Him through believing His Word, we are
capable of and "must worship him in spirit and in truth" (Jn 4:24).
One can see the serious error of looking to physical things like
baptism and the communion wafer for spiritual life. Yes, Jesus said,
"Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye
have no life in you" (Jn 6:53). Clearly, by eating and drinking He
meant believing: "he that believeth on me shall never thirst
...every one which ...believeth on him, may have everlasting life"
(vv. 35-40). As He explained to those who could not understand,
"...flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you,
they are spirit, and they are life" (v. 63).
Man's existence as a nonphysical being does not end with the death
of his material body. For the Christian, death means a temporary
separation for both soul and spirit "to be absent from the body, and
to be present with the Lord" (2 Cor 5:8). That separation ends when
"the Lord himself shall descend from heaven [and] bring with him"
the souls and spirits of those who have been in His presence while
their bodies have been asleep in the grave. "With a shout" He will
call their bodies from the grave to rejoin their souls and spirits,
the living believers shall be transformed and "caught up [raptured]
together with them...to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord" (1 Cor 15:50-53; 1 Thes 4:13-18). Fantastic?
No more so than creation!
His bride, snatched from earth and taken to His Father's house as He
promised (Jn 14:1-3), after the "judgment seat of Christ" (2 Cor
5:10), will be "arrayed in fine linen, clean and white" and married
to her Lord (Rv 19:7-8). The One who returns triumphantly to the
Mount of Olives (from which He ascended - Acts 1:9-12) leading the
armies of heaven as "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS,"...wearing "a
vesture dipped in blood,...is called The Word of God" (Rv
1 Richard Dawkins,
The Blind Watchmaker (Longman, England, 1986), 1.
2 Ibid., 18.
3 Jerry R. Bergman, in In Six Days, John F. Ashton, ed. (New
Holland Publishers, 1999), 29.