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Evolution or Intelligent Design: Which is the bigger leap of faith?

Updated on March 8, 2011

Which is the bigger leap of faith?

Before I made the decision to join Hub Pages, I was reading a “Hub” (an article) by a fellow Hubber that was an article strictly bias on evolution. Now this person I’m sure was much smarter than me if for nothing else he had those two important initials before his name…Dr. His article went on to explain and detailed all the evidence of all the so called scientific proof that we as humans evolved from an ape. We’ve all seen the pictures (see above), of an ape turning into a modern day human right? Charles Darwin of course came up with the “Theory of Evolution” back in the 1800’s (1837 I think).

I certainly don’t have the acumen to give the scientific premises of all the ins and outs of evolution other than to say we just evolved over time…a lot of time right? We evolved from an Ape to a present day human? Now when I think of how that could have possibly happened, I have to scratch my head in disbelief. Why? Because in my book, that is a bigger leap of faith than believing in a supernatural Intelligent Designer like God. I read somewhere that if science can’t measure it, then it’s not possible. Since science can’t measure supernatural events, then they aren’t possible. That does make sense, but that’s where faith comes into play.

I’m definitely not a biblical scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but I did read the Good Book, and there were several lines in there that caught my attention. In the book of Hebrews, chapter 11 starts out with the best rendition of what faith means (at least to me). It says something like, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Nobody was witness to either creation which is described in the book of Genesis in the bible (or the Jewish Torah), or evolution for that matter. But since evolution can somehow be measured in some sort of scientific explanation, it must be the gospel for many people.

But here’s what I don’t understand and why I don’t believe it to be true. If we as humans evolved over millions of years from what was first some sort of hodgepodge of randomness, how much of a leap of faith is that? Think about it…To get all the right ingredients together in one small little molecule that evolved into a present day human had to be a miracle of miracles. The complexities of all the right ingredients coming together in such a way that the miracle of life evolved from all those components being somehow blown together by the wind is just too much of a leap of faith for my money. The scientific odds had to be astronomical. In other words, all the stars and planets lined up in perfect unison and poof, the beginning of life, the DNA, all the right ingredients were in the form of a tiny little molecule that turned into a present day human. I don’t think so!

The odds of something like that happening are so high that it’s not possible. It would be like a tornado blowing through a junk yard, and when the storm was over the storm blew together a perfectly assembled 747 that was in perfect working order right down to being able to transport you across the country. Now is that possible? Well is it? The odds of that happening are about the same (maybe even better) than the evolution theory. So is evolution possible? Yeah, I guess. But then so is the tornado and the 747 theory.


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      Robin Kommer 6 years ago from Australia

      well written. I heard once that it would be like disassembling a Rolls Royce, putting all the parts into a cement mixer, mixing it all around and eventually if you spit it out enough, a fully formed and functional rolls Royce will come out of the cement mixer...that ultimately is my take on Darwins theory of Evolution.

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      sklein 6 years ago from Atlanta, Ga

      Thanks for the comment as well as the vote of confidence. Glad you enjoyed my spin on the whole thing. It's such a great topic to talk about...I just couldn't resist.

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Just because somebody has a "Dr." in front of his/her name does not make them smarter than you! It means they may just have more "book learnin'" than you, not that they are smarter. Anyway, like your article and love your 747 analogy! I've heard a lot of them, and I like yours so much I'll remember it!