The claim that life autonomously emanated from dormant, lifeless matter and developed into intricately designed microscopic cells which autonomously diversified into discrete and sophisticated structures and functionality is simply a fantasy, and a maddening attempt to discredit the divine power that exquisitely designed and brought forth life and created an infinite diversity and set the course for its replication and perpetuity.
Our curiosity on how we (and life in general) came into existence is designed by God; and triggered by our insatiable quest to master our own destiny in the hope of creating our own immortality. The Bible says: “He,” God, “has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Once one ventures into the curiosity, one inevitably encounters the truth — there is a being out there more powerful than us who had the power to set everything the way it is around us.
In awe of that discovery, we begin to pay attention to natural and unnatural phenomena around us that further affirm our discovery of the ultimate being — God. The more we explore this realm, the more we confirm the reality of it; and the need to stay in touch with this new reality metamorphosed into religious rituals and practices. That is why the entire human cultures have belief systems that are often defined by geography and experience; thus the proliferation of the different religions in the world today.
Yet some of us believe that the view that there is a superior being is too simplistic or that the idea of God is simply man’s invention out of his recognition of his own fragility, and the need to bolster his courage against his own insecurities. These people then began a quest to discredit the obvious. They propound ambiguous theories that take most of us out of the debate due to the complexity and sheer scope of their theories. And in the process, they establish themselves as quasi deities worthy of our reverence, bolstered by their immense media exposure and support.
Their work in explaining intricate parts of our world, our physiology or the cosmos is inseparably entwined with their aura as super humans, who would one day expose the ‘foolishness’ of the belief in God. So they convince us to look to them for direction on how to live our lives. Ladies and gentlemen, they are toiling in futility. And our faith in God will never be shaken.
The only gain is that we know more about our physical world because of their efforts — which is God’s intention for humanity, anyway. Knowledge was to increase and God was to allow it. This was prophesied by Daniel, and knowledge has immensely increased and continues to increase.
Extracting a gene from a cell (DNA) and injecting it into another cell to produce a new gene expression is not in any way or form different from combining sand and cement to make blocks and build a house with the blocks. It is also no different from combining different ingredients to make a tasteful meal. In each situation, one starts with something that was created by God, equipped with specific characteristics that are designed to function in predetermined ways.
Each of the three processes mentioned above requires an understanding of the characteristics desirable to achieve the purpose; and the knowledge of how the starting materials may interact to produce the desired outcome. The prescribed rules and measures must be adhered to in a meticulous way, without adulteration, for the desired outcome to be realized; the microscopic, or macroscopic nature of the activities, notwithstanding.
The design is God’s! The prescribed methodology is God’s! The predictable outcome is God’s! Our ability to discover the existence of the different properties exhibited by these materials, and how they may interact to result in our desired outcome, is also a gift to us from God. That we are able to plan and execute any of these activities is made possible by the spirit that is in all of us which is extended to us from God. Without the spirit, we cease to be. And at God’s decision, that spirit may be withdrawn from any of us.
We acquire knowledge because God has decreed for us to have knowledge; for our advancement on earth, and more importantly, for His Will for humanity to be fulfilled. We are intrigued by our adventures in life, and our mastery of them. I hate to burst anybody’s bubbles: Everything we know today in all our academic disciplines were given to us. We did not force our way into it, because we do not have that kind of power. God controls everything in our lives, including how much we really know about anything. He allows us to figure out only how much He really wants us to know.
And He gives that knowledge to whoever He chooses. That is why sometimes the most unlikely person stumbles on to a great finding. That discovery is a gift to the whole humanity through that one person. Name it! It does not matter what it is. If it is intelligent information, God allowed us access into it. There is nothing to know, until He decides to let us into something. And to remind us that our collective geniuses is nothing to Him, every once in a while, when we begin to feel secure about something, a disaster happens to remind us that we are still far from being in control of anything.