Are You a Freak Accident of Evolution?

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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15 responses to “Are You a Freak Accident of Evolution?

  1. “How sad to think that we are merely a mistake of fate.”
    Why? I won’t get into details, but I’m merely the product of mistakes indeed. It never bothered me at the least.

    “Isn’t it more comforting to think that God planned you and your world with love?”
    No, it’s a discomfort. The worry of some transcendental [bleep!] having such power over would worry me to the greatest extent.

  2. Once again, I call to mind the fallacies of composition and division. There is a difference between the individual and the group/population/species/kind.
    Everybody admits that there are accidents in our individual history, random changes in genetics.

  3. @Frank B: Agreed. We’re all products of lots of random mistakes, both long in the past and recently, including which sperm fertilized some egg, and which microbes or accidents didn’t kill us. That has never bothered me and I’ve never felt the need for any hypothesis about some god, although I do think Ganesha is kind of cute.

  4. Theodore J Lawry

    I have never understood the “reasoning” of those who try to convince Bible skeptics, by quoting the Bible! There is no point in explaining their error to them because “If you have to have it explained, you are never going to understand.”

  5. Dave Luckett

    “it (the Earth) is still perfect for habitation”.

    The Ross Ice Shelf, Mr Etter? The Marianas Trench? Seven-tenths of the Earth’s surface is ocean. For that matter, how would taking up residence in Sturt’s Stony Desert suit you? Or the Rub’ al Khali? Perfect, eh?

    He says that, knowing full well that scripture makes exactly the opposite claim, and then he makes that opposite claim as well. I have rarely met such confusion of mind, even in the mind of a creationist.

    As for being an accident, it is a truth universally acknowledged (thank you, Ms Austen; the exquisite irony of that expression has never been equalled – at least, not in English) that by the age of forty, your face is the one you gave yourself. I can testify that by the age of seventy, it is the one you fear most. The good Lord has little to do with that. And do we not have the testimony of the fictional characters, Shakespeare’s Richard III and no less than the Joker himself, to testify that bodies shape minds, as well?

    So no, we are not accidents. We are made by ourselves, mostly. Have you ever met anyone with an expression of settled and fixed discontent who was contented, charitable and forgiving of his/her fellows?

    But at the core of Mr Etter’s discourse is the idea that evolution is a chance process. Which demonstrates that Mr Etter has no clue what the theory of evolution says. Oh well. He’s a creationist. Of course he has no clue. What’s more, he doesn’t want to have one, and will strongly resist having one foisted on him. Successfully, so far. Probably that successful resistance will continue. If he’s stupid enough to say, in successive breaths, that the world is fallen and cursed and perfect for habitation, there’s no hope.

  6. chris schilling

    “Isn’t it more comforting to think that God planned you and your world with love?”

    I dare Mark to go into a cancer ward for kids and say that.

  7. @Dave Luckett
    The Earth is perfect for habitation. That means that there is no need for anything beyond nature (no function
    for the supernatural) to account for life.

  8. Jean Jacques Courouve

    « Instead of questioning god »
    I did ask him few questions a long time ago .he did not answer.
    So it came to me that there was nobody there.

  9. chris schilling

    For theists like Mark, nature — and the “natural” — functions as a subsidiary of the supernatural.

    @Jean Jacques Courouve
    Try again. Hallucinate harder.

  10. Dave Luckett

    Bienvenu, M, Courouvre. Ils disent que Dieu attend à la porte et frappe. Je ne l’ai jamais entendu. Je suis allé à la porte plusieurs fois, mais il n’est jamais là.

  11. Let’s see … I am a product of the natural universe going thru life as I wish…OR…I live in an “ant farm” created by a psychotic 5yr-old and everything is under its control. Which sounds better?

  12. My compliment, DaveL. Despite being educated in French for 6 years I never could write French nearly as well as you; I only can understand what you write.

  13. Dave Luckett

    And here am I, FrankB, lost in admiration at your fluent English. I can manage in written French, but have a great deal more difficulty understanding it spoken to me, and oddly enough, the reverse with Welsh, where I can often understand what is said, without being able to formulate a grammatical response. And that, plus some extremely primitive German, is the limit of my languages. I would that I could manage in Japanese, or Mandarin, but of those I have hardly a word.

  14. Retired Prof

    On the theme of knocking at the door, a scene:

    (Sound of knocking)

    Retired Prof: Who’s there?)

    Voice: It’s Jesus.

    R.P.: What do you want?

    Voice of J.: I want to save you.

    R.P. From what?

    Voice of J. From what I’m going to do to you if you don’t let me in!”

  15. Groan. Once again unto the breach with “We’re here, therefore the world was created for us.” It never seems to occur to these people that maybe we humans aren’t the center and purpose of the universe. Nor do they ask why an all-powerful, all-wise and all-benevolent Creator would need to create worshippers or stewards of his other creations. They just take it as given: “The Bible says so!”