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Intelligent Design—God or Aliens?

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Look around and you’ll immediately find evidence of an intelligent Designer. God’s creative and brilliant handiwork is clear in every facet of His creation. But what do you do when you recognize the evidence of intelligent design but don’t believe in God?

As bizarre as it sounds, some secular scientists point to aliens instead.

One recent article suggests that our universe may be the result of a laboratory experiment conducted by “an advanced technological civilization.” (Yes, you read that correctly.)

The author of the article, Avi Loeb—former chair (2011-2020) of the astronomy department at Harvard University—first lists several possibilities for the origins of the universe:

  • The universe “emerged from a vacuum fluctuation.”
  • Our universe is “cyclic with repeated periods of contraction and expansion.”
  • The universe was “selected by the anthropic principle out of the string theory landscape of the multiverse.”
  • It “emerged out of the collapse of matter in the interior of a black hole.”

All these conjectures provide possible explanations for the universe coming into being without any divine intervention. But they all fail to explain how incredible aspects of creation like DNA, the structure of the eye, and even sexual reproduction reveal carefully planned design.

But then Loeb offers another perspective: “A less explored possibility is that our universe was created in the laboratory of an advanced technological civilization.” He suggests that an advanced civilization could have technology that’s capable of creating “a baby universe out of nothing through quantum tunneling.”

As Christians, how should we respond to this suggestion that aliens created the world? Let’s dig a little deeper.

Why Remove God From Intelligent Design?

Most secular explanations for the origin of the universe can’t account for the amazing design we see in our world, from the structure of the smallest molecules to the vast collection of galaxies trillions of miles away.

Secular evolutionists who can recognize this evidence for design, though, have a problem—they don’t believe in God.

“They don’t want to believe in a biblical Creator because then you’d have to be held morally accountable to God,” says Patricia Engler.

The Bible talks about this idea as well. The apostle Paul wrote about those who reject God as Creator in Romans 1:18-23 (ESV):

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling man and birds and animals and creeping things.

By removing God from the picture, secularists who believe in intelligent design can recuse themselves from a moral responsibility to follow God and obey His Word.

But the amazing complexity of our universe makes one thing clear—it didn’t come from nothing. It was created by a brilliant and all-powerful God: the God of the Bible. And we cannot escape our moral responsibility to Him. That’s why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ!

Learn More About Intelligent Design

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The Achilles’ Heel of Creation and Intelligent Design

The so-called fatal weakness of creationist arguments is that environments change over time. “After the changes,” skeptics argue, “living things are no longer adapted to the environments they were originally designed for, so their designs are no longer good. This reality doesn’t fit with the idea of a competent Designer.”

Is this objection a deathblow to creation? Let’s think about it.

The Uniqueness of Humans (Part 1)

Did humans evolve from ape-like creatures? In this video, Dr. Nagy Iskander shows that standing, walking, and balance are evidence that we have been clearly designed for a purpose. Humans are not the product of time and chance but rather the handiwork of an intelligent Creator.

Intelligent Design vs. the Intelligent Design Movement

What’s the difference between intelligent design arguments and the “Intelligent Design Movement”? Is it biblical to use intelligent design arguments to persuade unbelievers about the existence of God? Is the ID Movement effective in helping people see that God is the Creator?

In this video, Dr. Terry Mortenson shows the amazing design in nature and how secular scientists foolishly attribute it to blind evolution. Then, he shows four strengths and four serious weaknesses in the ID Movement.