Human beings are apparently the apex of all of that which God created. As such, all of that which God created should benefit or be beneficial to us. Life, the Universe and everything (LUE) has been designed by God with us in mind since LUE was created before us, in preparation for us. It (LUE) therefore must be an intelligently designed, since God is, presumably, intelligent (though creating the human species sort of makes you wonder). That intelligent design includes the design of God’s apex creation itself – the human being. Now, the question is, does the rhetoric meet the reality? Let’s start with the alleged intelligent design or construction of the human being.
Do you need a hearing aid? Do you need glasses? Did you require your tonsils or appendix or wisdom teeth to be removed? Do you suffer from haemorrhoids or back problems? Have your hips, knees, and ankles let you down? Can your bones break? Do you suffer from baldness, tooth decay, arthritis, acne, colds, the flu, even cancer? Do you have issues with your sexuality or the functioning of your private parts? Do you suffer from mental illness? Who created the human species and therefore by definition created you? God, that’s who, created you! Who created your physiology and anatomy? Did I hear you say “God”? So who created all of your psychological, physiological and anatomical problems? Did I hear you say “God” again? Is this what you would consider Intelligent Design? I don’t think so! Did God fail Anatomy 101? I think so.
As an example of so-called ‘intelligent design’ our nakedness relative to our furry primate and hominid ancestors and current primate ‘relatives’ is another clue that God failed Anatomy 101 – there are multi-dozens upon dozens of primates; only one ‘naked ape’ (humans). Why did God create us without fur? I mean when the temperature drops much below the comfort threshold, we require in no uncertain terms clothing. When it hits freezing point, we can’t survive without clothing, yet our furry animal cousins seem to manage A-OK. There’s many an image of a furry mammal surviving, even thriving in the snow. Quite apart from the fact that fur is a better regulator of temperature than just sweating (our primary temperature regulation mechanism), loss of fur resulted in two other highly negative evolutionary rock and hard place restrictions.
We’ve been given (by God) a temperature regulation mechanism via sweating. Humans of all the mammals are the species that sweat the most. The retrograde step of temperature control via sweating instead of fur imposed two additional restrictions on us. 1) We were forced to stay close to reliable sources of fresh water. 2) It also makes us way more dependent on supplies of salt since salt is excreted from the body via sweat. Salt supplies in the natural environment are rare – so rare that once upon a time salt was extremely valuable and you got paid in salt. It’s where we get our word, salary from. If only the Almighty had given us our fur.
Another screw-up by our Supreme Being has to do with our bipedal gait relative to the rest of the mammals. Can you name me one other mammal that routinely walks on two legs? No? That’s probably because there are many negatives to a bipedal gait, like loss of stability. Humans are more prone to losing their balance and falling over than say a cow or a cat. If you’re alone and quadrupedal (or an insect or even better a spider) and lose the use of a leg, you’re hurting but not critically. If you’re alone and bipedal and lose the use of a leg, you’re up fertilizer creek. God should have given us six limbs – four legs and two arms! Now that would have been intelligent design.
Further, as a benefit to God’s apex human species, it would have been really intelligent to cap off the aging process at say the 30 year mark. No wrinkles, no balding, no grey hairs, no liver spots, no need for a walking stick/cane, etc. Now we still have to eventually kick-the-bucket, but why have to suffer through the afflictions of old age? Be a 70-year-old in a 30-year-old body then have a sudden death heart attack that ends things on a still relatively youthful high note (as it were). I mean God created the animals that way – when’s the last time you saw an elderly grey-haired, wrinkled cat? How about a bald-headed dog? Animals don’t tend to show the aging process as obviously as us humans. Thanks God!
Quite apart from human beings, did God design an intelligently constructed universe? If God created humans, the be-all-and-end-all of His creations, then surely He would, as any parent would, design an environment that would protect us from harms way and certainly not put us in danger. Well, considering that many bits and pieces of God’s cosmic construction that could wipe out us human beings, I’d have to answer in the negative. God’s a bad parent. I mean there are gamma-ray bursts, supernovae explosions, black holes that can eat us as just a minor snack, solar flares and of course the now and again loose asteroid impact cannon that could just about make our day our last day. Who needs the Book of Revelation with all this potential cosmic end of days that’s so part and parcel of God’s Universe?
Then you have oddballs like planets having days longer than their years and planets that rotate on their sides instead of having a rotation axis up-down. Maybe the Almighty has a warped sense of humour or likes variety!
But back to the dangers to human life and limb, how many of God’s so beloved subjects are wiped out by terrestrial, never mind extraterrestrial, “Acts of God” every year? How can I wipe ye out – let me count the ways. Floods are a given, even after Noah’s time; landslides and avalanches of course; drought and famine; wicked winds via hurricanes (cyclones or typhoons) and of course tornadoes; wildfires; tsunamis; earthquakes; volcanoes; and God’s favourite, bolts of lightning from the sky*, and a host of other natural ways and means of translating the you that is you into the late you that was you. Why does God enact “Acts of God” when God created you and loves you, and is merciful and compassionate? Something’s screwy somewhere!
Speaking of screwy, I tend to find it pretty incredible that people who survive an “Act of God” (i.e. – a natural disaster) attribute their good fortune to a miracle (as in “it’s a miracle we survived”), as in a supernatural intervention when it was just the luck of the draw. And then to top it off, they will “Thank God” for having survived. Do you “Thank God” for an “Act of God”? I think not. How about giving God the Big Finger for sending the “Act of God” your way in the first damn place!
If God created everything, God created the laws of physics. That includes the laws that govern nuclear fission and fusion. Nuclear fusion and fission can create items that go ‘Ka-Boom’. An atomic or nuclear explosion in your neck of the woods can also ruin your day! Even a peaceful nuclear power plant meltdown can be detrimental to your health. So much for God’s design of intelligent physics! Now of course our Sun is powered by nuclear fusion, but an intelligent all-powerful God I’m sure could have created an alternative form of solar energy.
But here again maybe God’s sense of funny-bone humour comes into play. If God created physics then He created quantum physics and no doubt God is rolling on Heaven’s floor laughing his posterior off at the inability of His subjects to come to terms with the associated absurdities that He mandated regarding all things quantum. Einstein said that God does not throw dice. Einstein shouldn’t tell God what to do. God not only throws dice, He throws them where you can’t even see them.
If God created everything, God also created the laws of chemistry. That includes various mixtures which, albeit on a lesser scale, can also go ‘Ka-Boom’, like gunpowder. How many of God’s human subjects, get to join God in Heaven somewhat prematurely as a result of the use and misuse of gunpowder or dynamite or nitro-glycerine? An intelligent God might have bypassed the design and need of chemical explosives.
As an analogy, does a rational parent give their ten-year-old child a loaded gun to ‘play’ with?
If God created everything, God also created the various principles relating to metallurgy. Now the creation of metal objects like knives and swords and spears and guillotine blades and bullets can put holes in the human bodies that God designed, holes big enough to make that human body an extinct human body. By allowing metallurgy, well so much for God wanting His apex of creation, human beings, to live long and prosper.
If God created everything, God created all of terrestrial biology. Terrestrial biology has a habit of getting in the way of the human ideal of utopia, like a Garden of Eden. I mean there’s food poisoning, all manner of natural venoms and toxins like snake and spider bites and wasp stings and scorpions and jellyfish; predators that can snack on human prey like crocodiles, sharks, tigers, wolf/hyena packs, etc. Then there are those fatal illnesses caused by killer viruses and other microbes that do you in with the flu, AIDS, Ebola, ALS (a motor neuron disease), and a hundred more nasties. Ask your family doctor for a list of how biology can do you a mischief, but allow lots of time for what will prove to be a rather lengthy lecture.
If God created everything, God created all of our traits and characteristics. Just one generation after God created the pinnacle of all that was and ever will be (Adam and Eve), Cain murdered Abel. Things have just snowballed from there and also incorporate rape and incest and legalised murder (warfare) and enough variations on human atrocities to fill an encyclopaedia with. Did God create for us an intelligent state of mind (which isn’t quite the same thing as an intelligent mind)? Well, our intelligent state of mind can use those intelligent physics and chemistry and even biology that God so intelligently created to raise all sorts of non-intelligent havoc. We’ve all heard of CBR – chemical, biological and radiological warfare.
IMHO, God has got to accept some responsibility here in the same way that a parent has to accept responsibility for the behaviour of their children.
Speaking of parents, parents are usually given (or figure out for themselves) safety tips on how to keep their yard, home and contents a safe place for their kids – like keeping medicines out of reach is but one example. In the case of God the Father (and Mother) it appears as if He has taken the opposite route and bobby-trapped our yard, home and contents. I suppose that’s an intelligent design of sorts if that’s your objective, but God’s intelligent design message is then “boy have I got it in for you lot” (actually that’s just a continuation of His Old Testament ways).
On the other hand, Mother Nature is neutral. So, are we being cared for by a loving God, the apex of His creative intelligence, or a neutral Mother Nature who just requires that we pay our money and take our chances? At least Mother Nature is intellectually honest. Our Supreme Being, the Almighty Creator God, who’s all loving and merciful and compassionate, on the other hand, has intelligently designed all myriad of ways to snuff you out of existence!
Now let’s consider the subject of waste. To waste resources is not considered intelligent. To design an inefficient whatever when there are more efficient options available is not considered intelligent. It’s not very intelligent or efficient to design and build a car with square wheels! That’s a waste of resources. But God tends to waste a lot of resources. For example, since we are the apex of God’s creations, I ask if we really need any more resources and real estate that is contained with the solar system itself. The rest of the vast cosmos is a waste of space and stuff. Who needs it? We don’t. And when the Sun runs low on fuel in four or five billion years time, well surely we can rely on God to change the batteries, and thus life goes on.
More down to earth, we note that God created life. Okay, over the course of its lifetime, a tree might produce billions of seeds, of which perhaps one or two might survive and thrive and make it into tree-hood. All the rest are wasted effort on the part of the parent tree. Of course you might argue that the unlucky seeds ended up as a food resource supply for various animals and thus weren’t really wasted at all. And while there’s something to be said for that, what about those billions of male sperm cells and dozens of female egg cells that never get their act together and thus never get into the act. That too is an extravagant waste of time and energy and other bodily resources that went into that wasted production. God could have designed a system whereby one sperm was produced and one egg was produced and the two would unite and live happy ever after!
There are vast deposits of valuable minerals deep down inside the Earth – fat lot of good they do us. 99.999% of the Sun’s energy output misses our planet (and the rest of the solar system’s real estate) and heads off into the depths of interstellar space. More waste.
Lastly, and on a more philosophical note, if there is intelligent design behind LUE, then that implies that there must be a purpose(s) or reason(s) behind all of those bits and pieces that collectively make up LUE. But that’s clearly nonsense. Who’s the recipient or beneficiary? It has to be something living for non-living things cannot appreciate intelligent design. A grain of sand understands no design or purpose in being tossed about by the ocean waves, presumably a part of God’s intelligent design. But then a microbe has no comprehension of the existence or purpose or significance of say the planet Mercury or the planetoid Pluto (again a part of God’s intelligent design). Ditto that of a tree. In fact ditto that right on up the ‘tree of life’ until you get to us. So apparently we are the recipient or beneficiary of God’s intelligent design – the apex of God’s creation. Okay, that makes sense, except for one tiny flaw hinted at in the beginning paragraph – The intelligently designed Universe has been around for 13.7 billion years. Intelligently designed Planet Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years. God’s apex (defined as Homo sapiens) has been around for about 200,000 years – maximum duration. Oops – that’s a lot of waste. Waste isn’t intelligent, so the whole intelligent design bit ultimately crumbles like a house made out of playing cards.. It’s almost as if we were just a minor afterthought and not the apex of God’s creative abilities after all.
*Oops – sorry, I meant Zeus. I have lots of trouble telling the two apart since they both look so much alike!
Source by John Prytz