This one will change your life, dear reader. We found it today at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their post is titled I Am Not an Accident.
It was written by Mark Etter, who has never previously written for ICR, and for whom they have no bio page. There’s a preacher by that name, but we have no idea if that’s ICR’s author. Anyway, here are some excerpts from his article, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
As a Christian and creationist, I resent being called “an accident of nature.” According to many secular scientists [The fools!], we are just the result of a big bang spewing out random particles that gathered neatly into stars and planets. In that story, put simply, order came out of chaos, and random chemicals interacted through trial and error over eons to create life.
That’s powerful stuff, but it’s not Mark’s only reason for rejecting the story told by secular scientists. He says:
The Bible starts with a different scenario. It unfolds the plan of an almighty and all-wise God. Our world and humanity were and are planned to the minutest detail (Colossians 1:17). The world was made in all its beauty, and despite the curse of Genesis 3, it is still perfect for habitation (Isaiah 45:18).
That’s much better than random spew from the big bang! And that’s not all. He tells us:
The first chapter of the Bible shows us the goodness of our world and bodies and the love that the Lord has for us. There is nowhere else in the universe that is so well suited for human habitation, even in its now-fallen state. Here we have materials to build houses, food to eat in abundance, and fascinating places to explore. God made it especially for us with the perfect amount of oxygen, water, and gravity, among so many other chemical, biological, and physical “just right” conditions.
Are you convinced yet? You should be, but if you need more, it’s no problem. Mark continues:
The Creator presented this world to man and woman to rule and to care for it. He also made us according to a unique plan. Animals live to survive and thrive (Genesis 1:22, 8:17), but God intended something greater for man. We can think rather than rely on instinct and have a sense of our past experiences and future hopes. Our bodies and minds can create tools and manipulate objects in a way no animal can. We are too complex to be an accident. We are a product of God’s creative love and indwelling spirit (Genesis 2:7).
Very persuasive! Let’s read on:
According to Psalm 14:1, only a fool would not believe in the Creator God (and by extension believe in naturalistic evolution instead). [Are you such a fool, dear reader?] Admittedly, many people don’t want to accept that there is a God because they don’t want to obey him. Yet, think of how haphazard evolution is.
Evolution is haphazard? Apparently so. Mark explains:
Evolution says that, ultimately, random debris came together into an unusual and complex order. [Yuk!] How sad to think that we are merely a mistake of fate. Despair is rampant because of peoples’ belief in no rhyme or reason to our existence. Isn’t it more comforting to think that God planned you and your world with love? And it isn’t just wishful thinking. The complexity of our bodies alone shows the wisdom and power of God. [Wowie!]
And now we come to the end:
Instead of questioning God or arrogantly thinking that we don’t need God, the wise will praise God for the beauty of the world and our astonishing bodies capable of creating, exploring, and having fellowship with him. We are not accidents thrown together. Our loving God wonderfully makes us according to his plan (Psalm 139:13). Let us thank the Lord every day for what he has done.
If that doesn’t persuade you, dear reader, then there’s no hope for you. The Lake of Fire awaits.
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