By George Bowers
It's been very interesting, exciting, and educational to watch various aspects of the construction process here at Antioch. The workers' skills combined with technology and ambition are producing very pleasant results for our congregation.
One of the most interesting aspects of this process was the recent pouring of the concrete curbs and gutters. This process involved dumping concrete of the correct consistency into the curbing machine, which then automatically formed it and laid it down along a preconstructed route. There were a few touch ups needed, but most of the shaping and forming were done entirely by the sophisticated interworkings within the machine.
It reminded me very much of one of the most unbelievable lies in the Bible. When Aaron tried to explain to Moses where the golden calf came from, he said they threw their golden earrings into the fire and "out came this calf." Really Aaron? Even children know that kind of thing doesn't just happen, and of course Moses didn't buy it either. I laugh every time I read that passage.
But it's even more amusing whenever I hear a much greater exaggeration being sold wholesale today. To believe that highly organized, unbelievably complex human beings and other animals simply arose from nothing, even over billions of years, is absolutely ridiculous.
I've been around long enough to know that things do not tend toward order in the universe, but toward disorder and decay. Newton said as much in one of nature's laws that he recorded many years ago. Lifeless curbs and golden calves are very simple to construct compared to our bodies with interconnected muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, and circulatory systems, yet even lowly curbs cannot be formed without highly engineered machines and intelligent direction. How much less so our bodies?
Each day, geneticists, biologists and physicists discover more and more evidence for creation and more and more complex order in everything from atoms to galaxies. So much so in fact that many of them are now admitting someone or something had to have designed it all. The statistical odds are greater for a tornado to assemble a jumbo jet passing over a landfill than for life to have arisen by random chance, yet this is the explanation offered freely and often for the origin of the miracle of life.
It's a blessing to know where and who we came from and even more of a blessing to be able to have a relationship with him through his son, Jesus Christ. The next time you look at a leaf or a star, a deer or a caterpillar, a curb or a calf, be sure to give praise where praise is due and rightfully honor they intelligent designer and creator behind it all!
George Bowers is the pastor of Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock and the author of four books, including his latest book of poetry, "Wit and Wisdom of the Woods." He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.