Intelligent design. It’s hard to go a day without encountering that phrase, and here’s why. The more scientists study matter like molecular DNA—the building block of life—the more it points to a Creator. As Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell, writes, “The best, most causally adequate explanation for the origin of the specified, digitally encoded information in DNA is that it . . . had an intelligent source.” Intelligent design = divine design.
It’s not surprising that the more scientists study what can’t be seen by the human eye, the more they see the fingerprints of God (Colossians 1:15). Paul stated, in what likely were lyrics of an early church hymn, the reality of Christ being behind DNA and every other part of creation. He wrote, “Through [Jesus] God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth” (Colossians 1:16).
Those words were significant for the believers in the church at Colosse, for they were dealing with false teachers who taught that angelic mediators were doing what only Jesus can do. But they also help us address the attacks by secular scientists against the Christian faith today. For, Paul says, “He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see” (Colossians 1:16).
Woven into every strand of DNA is the divine work of Jesus, the One who “holds all creation together” (Colossians 1:17). He is our confidence, our hope, and the source of every created thing. And as we look at His amazing creation, we—like the Colossians—are able to stand for the truth found in His Word. Attacks on what we believe are to be expected, but they pale in the light of Jesus’ reality (Colossians 2:8). Be encouraged! The more we sharpen the lens on even the tiniest parts of God’s creation, the better we see His divine design.
Read Genesis 1:3 and John 1:3-4. What two kinds of light has Jesus brought us by His divine design?
What comes to mind when you hear the words intelligent design? How has science encouraged you in your faith in Jesus?