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December Newsletter-Eyes

I have either a relative, a friend, or perhaps just an acquaintance (I’ll keep that secret) that’s always fascinated me.  From my perspective I see the gifting of God in him, and at the same time I see him sometimes struggle to reason or evaluate whether God even exists.  Looking the other way serves him well for the most part in his corner of the world, but it hasn’t ‘bloomed’ or matured to all that I think God has prepared for him in his giftedness.  Looking the other way sometimes lets us walk right up to the edge of belief but stepping into the other side of that can be pretty difficult.  Because we all seemingly hold back something from that step, we miss many of the things that God has hoped for us in His Love.  It’s not God holding out on us, but rather us struggling to truly investigate what is only experienced by adding the wonder of God into our life equation.

Many times at Thanksgiving dinner I get around to staring into my dinner spoon. Maybe because it’s the only time I see a real silver spoon and maybe that’s what draws my attention. But anyway, I’m always trying to figure out why, if I look at one side of the spoon, I see my image upside-down and if I turn that spoon around, the image is right-side up.  That little maneuver makes me think of the miracle of the human eye. Now, if I could convince this mystery person to just think about one thing, some uninterrupted thinking for, let’s say, 3 days, contemplating the human eye (or for that matter any one of these: our heart- 86,000 beats a day, 3,363,840,000 in a lifetime, or DNA- 2.1 billion bits of information in one strand, 600,000 pages of information in just one fertilized ovum, 50 times the amount of information contained in the Encyclopedia Britannica) would present some of the most convincing arguments for the existence of God.  I many times feel if people would think about it for very long, believing the possibility of anything with the complexity of the human body evolving accidentally would be a very tough position to take.  That our eye evolved simply because of the advantage of time–that’s pretty tough for me to accept.  Now, I guess it’s common sometimes for us to wonder to ourselves: is this Gospel true; is there a Creator God?  Maybe on a weak day it’s ok, I know a few times in my life I’ve found a reason to at least bring the question up when I look around at all the bad stuff going on in this world.  When I do that, I come back to the human eye, the heart, the DNA, and I find it hard to deny that it takes more faith to doubt God as Creator than Faith to believe God as Creator.  I think I mentioned in another newsletter recently that atheists are not unbelievers; they’re simply believers who just believe in a different thing.  Being an atheist doesn’t make you simply an unbeliever in God, atheists and Christians both take positions of Faith, just opposite faiths. An atheist is just as much a believer in something as the Christian is a believer in Christ.

Let’s focus a bit on this eye thing.  The human eye is composed of more than 2 million working parts.  Eighty percent of our memories are determined by what we see.  On a flat surface with complete darkness the human eye has the capacity to see a candle flame burning 30 miles away.  The eye can distinguish 10 million colors.  Here’s an example of the complexity of the eye from the book, Does God Believe in Atheists? by John Blanchard: “Although accounting for just one fourth-thousandth of an adult’s weight, it is the medium which processes some 80% of the information received by its owner from the outside world. The tiny retina contains about 130 million rod-shaped cells, which detect light intensity and transmit impulses to the visual cortex of the brain by means of some one million nerve fibres, while nearly six million cone-shaped cells do the same job, but respond specifically to color variation. The eyes can handle 500,000 messages simultaneously, and are kept clear by ducts producing just the right amount of fluid with which the lids clean both eyes simultaneously in one five-thousandth of a second (page 313).”

I heard it said once that for the human body to be an ‘accident’, which is what you must believe to believe in evolution, it would be like taking the individual parts of a pocket watch, putting them in a clothes dryer and expect (after tumbling them for however long you wished) a watch to be produced in that dryer.  I’m going to grab another quote, and while there is so much more information, amazing stuff about the human eye, for the sake of space I’ll quote from Body By Design, written by Alan Gillen.

“The most amazing component of the eye is the ‘film,’ which is the retina. This light-sensitive layer at the back of the eyeball is thinner than a sheet of plastic wrap and is more sensitive to light than any man-made film. The best camera film can handle a ratio of 1000-to-1 photons in terms of light intensity. By comparison, human retinal cells can handle a ratio of 10 billion-to-1 over the dynamic range of light wavelengths of 380 to 750 nanometers. The human eye can sense as little as a single photon of light in the dark! In bright daylight, the retina can bleach out, turning its “volume control” way down so as not to overload. The light-sensitive cells of the retina are like an extremely complex high-gain amplifier that is able to magnify sounds more than one million times (pages 97-98).”

Back to my looking into that spoon.  I looked that up some time ago and learned that the image that’s created in our eye is actually created upside-down and miniaturized, our brains and components of the eye sense the color and redirect the image to right-side up in our brains.  Not only are the images produced upside-down, they are also left-right inverted as well.  That is, the left-side of our vision is received by the right-side of our eye and vise versa.  That means that the nerves in both eyes split up and cross each other in a way that the left halves of each eye is received by the right hemisphere of the brain and united into a seamless vision in our brains.  Strange?  And this: eyes wash themselves with their self-contained system of eye lashes, eye lids and glands.  Tears contain an anti-microbial agent that destroys bacteria, viruses, etc.  Blinking up to 6 times a minutes refreshes the lens.  The cornea acts like a watch face to protect the internals. A lens focuses the image, the iris and pupil adjust the amount of light, muscle groups move and adjust the angles of the light entering the eye.  On a single millimeter of the retina there are about 400,000 optical sensors.

That’s a lot of confusing stuff but then that’s whole the point.  Seems to me that a fair examination of the world around us leaves us with few excuses to not have a Faith in Father, Son and Spirit and the Breath that created all things.  And, while we may be excuseless, the human brain has found a way to easily do just that.  Reason alone should cause people at the very least to pause long enough to weigh and think about the probabilities.  We should at least have a conversation, but we do not.  I think the biggest obstacle is not our logic but our objection.  To me, there’re more people that won’t believe than there are people that can’t.

Here’s where I don’t get the accident thing:  I think I’m suppose to believe that ‘need’ was the driving force for evolution’s progressive theory.  That this something needed something better, just add a bit of time to that need, and poof: evolution proven!  So it must be that human eyes came about because we simply needed better eyes, and add a long time interval, and abracadabra- the complexity of our eyes.  If need were the driver, and a change did take place, what propelled the next stage, need again?  Seems the first need would be satisfied with the first change and set down and just relax.  If not need, where is the inertia for this progressive evolution. Seems to me if you take dirt and lets say protein from somewhere (I don’t know what all) put all that in a jar, if I sit and watched it 3 billion-trillion years, if I turned them, rolled them, heated them, chilled them, or talked to them, I’m guessing I would still have a jar of dirt, protein or whatever at the end of any length of time.  Without something planning the process, I just can’t get to where I need to believe in accidental life.  Without a start, a continuation, and a choosing taking place, an accident is just too much of a miracle for me, yet people buy it hook, line and sinker.  Just seems their religion (faith story) is a whole lot less likely than our Faith story.

I don’t know about you but I often get tired of being bombarded by the world’s constant pressure on our Faith in God.  Often when I feel that way, I simply retreat into the profound nature of the complexity of our eye, the heart and all that little DNA data.  Look, the only way to know God is through the spirit, not the mind– the only way!  But, using our brains once in awhile to observe Creation is encouraged in Scripture in such a way as to suggest ‘at the very least observe these miracles’!  The things that just make no sense in the hands of an atheist, those things establish a Peace in me!

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