My atheist science teacher and I met for over a year. One day at lunch, I came to his room prepared for war. I wanted him to summarize the important things we had discussed. So I went to his chalk board and began to write.
- How did the universe get here? He replied I don’t know.
- Why is the universe designed perfectly for life? John said I don’t know.
- How did life begin? Perplexed he said I don’t know.
- How did early life become so complex? Frustrated he replied I don’t know.
I said to him, John if you don’t have any good answers, why don’t you believe it was done by an intelligent designer? He then said, “I believe science will discover the answers to these questions within the next 25 years.”
Fair enough, but let me make four quick observations about this remark.
− First, it’s a tacit admission science doesn’t have the evidence.
− Second, the intelligent design answer is not a default position based on what we don’t know (God of the gaps), but rather on what we do know.
− Third, sometimes the current evidence is so decisive, it’s hard to imagine it being overturned. It may be theoretically possible that a man with 5 bullet holes in his chest died from natural causes, but is it most reasonable?
− Finally, what really matters is the evidence at hand, not what might be produced in the future (no science of the gaps).
a. When, and if, new facts come to light, then we’re free to reassess.
b. The most useful conclusions are based on present facts, not future fantasies.
I believe John’s beliefs are based on blind faith. He believes in science of the gaps. John has the gaps, not me. Intelligent design has answers that he doesn’t have. He refuses to believe in an intelligent designer, in spite of the fact he doesn’t have the answers. As the Apostle Paul states, when he dies and stands before God he will be without an excuse (Rom. 1:18-20). He rejected the evidence for the year and half we met and continues to follow atheism today.
Our discussions were 16 years ago and science still has no answers. His time is running out.
My hope is this series has strengthened your faith based on the evidence. If you do share with a non-Christian, just remember the Holy Spirit loves to use good arguments to drive people to the foot of the cross. Lovingly present the truth and let God worry about the results.
 All 4 points taken from Greg Koukl’s audio teaching, “Why I am not an Evolutionist.”
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