Divine intervention, intelligent design or evolution
"Educating the mind
without educating the heart is no education at all."
Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and
teacher of Alexander the Great
Humans, by the very nature of their being, are born seekers: Be it
wealth or waste; enlightenment and erudition; redemption or retribution;
glory and gain; knowledge, love, reason; we are in constant search, with
or without reason. Knowingly and unknowingly, mindfully and mindlessly,
we are on an endless quest for all things known and unknown. This
seeking is of two fold: to demonstrate human competence and to reduce
Yet, more than our ignorance, the greatest enemy of our quest for
knowledge has been the illusion of knowledge that has afflicted the
human race - thereby converting the mind of man to his current
disposition: to remain bent double, having lost the art of manliness.
The typical course of the illusion of knowledge is an over confidence
that, in most cases, leads us to think that we are more skilled, willed,
and knowledgeable than we actually are, which leads us to underestimate
our personality and priorities; that in itself, inevitably leading us on
to the path of peril.
Man has become week and meek in character in comparison to the
original man of ancient times who was fearless in the face of all
adversity wrought by nature, or fellow men; and that quality of
fortitude has led man thus far.
Having come thus far, progressing from civilisation to progressive
civilisation - both being relative in time and space - what future path
is man to take if he is to go beyond the present. To know that, we must
first look at how man came into being: the origin of the human race, all
of life, and for that matter the universe itself.
Is all of it, the result of divine intervention, intelligent design,
or evolution? Christian Science says that, God or a super intelligent
entity called God, created this universe and everything including all
life in it in six days.
Many other religions that involve and deal with the concept of God
have similar beliefs though they do not specify the number of days for
the creative process. Thus, simply put, divine intervention is when God
intervenes in the affairs of our world, our lives, and all else that he
created. Whenever we pray to God, we are asking Him to, divinely
To what purpose has he created us? All that matters for now is that
from time to time God performs miracles: "an event in the external world
brought about by the immediate agency or simple volition of God"
according to Baker's Dictionary of the Bible.
The intent and purpose of such miracles, according to Faucet's
Dictionary of the Bible is to "authenticate the divine commission of a
religious teacher and the truth of his message."
Believers believe that we, and everything around us, are the result
of divine intervention.
Intelligent design is the theory that life and the universe cannot
have arisen by chance, and was designed and created by some intelligent
entity;that certain features of the universe and of living things is
best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such
as natural selection as espoused in the theory of evolution.
It is a contemporary adaptation of the traditional teleological
argument for the existence of God, presented by its advocates as "an
evidence-based scientific theory about life's origins" rather than "a
religious-based idea." It puts forth a number of arguments in support of
the existence of a designer, into which we will not delve as it is
beyond the purpose of the current effort.
Suffice it is to state that "intelligent design" was developed by a
group of American creationists who revised their argument in the
creation-evolution controversy to circumvent court rulings which barred
the teaching of "Creation Science" in public schools in America on the
grounds of breaching the separation of Church and State.
Evolution is change over time. Under this broad definition, evolution
can refer to a variety of changes that occur over time: the uplifting of
mountains, the erosion of riverbeds, or the creation of new species.
Biological evolution, on the other hand, is a more specific type of
evolution. The term refers to changes over time that occur in living
organisms; a gradual development of something, especially from a simple
to a more complex form. It is, in fact, descent with modification.
Biological evolution occurs at different scales. It focuses on the
progression of species or an entire group of organisms believed to have
evolved from a common ancestor to descendants over the course of
Evolutionists believe that all life on earth, every living organism,
descended from a last universal common ancestor (LUCA) about 3.8 billion
years ago; and evolved into various forms of which man is but one. It
was in the 1960s that LUCA first came to note; when the genetic code
was, found to be universal.
Thereafter, emerging picture is substantially complicated by, new
insights into the evolutionary history of life.
There are a lot of uncertainties when we go this far back in
evolutionary time and perhaps all we can be certain for now is that, at
a point in Earth's history, probably around 3.8 billion years ago, cells
emerged with stored recipes for making all life.
Thus, as with the creation theory, many questions still await
Given the three theories of how man came into being, and not knowing
if more possibilities are possible or likely in the future as science
and knowledge advance; I leave it to the reader to draw his or her own
conclusions on the issue of how man came about to be.
What matters for us now is not how we came about, but what we become
and make of our existence in the time left to us.
It is a fact that, as far as our present knowledge permits; in some
future date stretching into infinity; our world, our galaxy, this very
universe of ours will all vanish into nothingness: the same nothingness
from which it came into existence - be it by divine intervention,
intelligent design, or evolution. Ultimately, you, me, this world of
ours; along with all things in it; will in about 4.5 billion years, an
infinity in time in comparison to human life span, turn into nothing
unless man masters the secrets of the cosmos to make life elsewhere.
Even if we did and, I having no doubt we will; much later into
infinity of infinities in time, this entire cosmos, this universe, too
will vanish into the darkness, the nothingness from which it came about,
to perhaps be reborn; or recreated, this time around by man, who by then
would have become god like.
Birth and death of all things, whether created, evolved, or man-made,
seem the only ever-present reality.
Thus, as a race, humans are fated to conceivably live as long as this
universe lasts; or even outlast it by creating his own universe.
However, man must, in order to make it pleasant for all to live,
follow certain norms and ethics, which are necessary to sustain life
even if eventually it is bound to vanish and be but an illusion.
Humans, as of now, being the most intelligent of all life forms; must
take the lead in setting down ethics that honour our intelligence.
The greatness of the human race can only be, judged by the way we
conduct ourselves: are we a people that value values; do we possess
principles that are based on equality and justice.
These are questions each of us need to answer, irrespective of
whether we are the result of divine intervention, intelligent design, or
However, the irony of life, like in all life, is that there are
always two types of people in this world - the positive and the
negative: good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy
the waking hours much more.
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