Title: PRESIDENT BUSH DECEIVING GENUINE CHRISTIANS AGAIN -- THIS TIME, HE IS PUSHING FOR THE TEACHING OF "INTELLIGENT DESIGN" ALONSIDE EVOLUTION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Resources to aid your Understanding
Learn how to protect yourself, your loved ones!
Stand by for insights so startling you will never look at the news the same way again.
YOU ARE NOW ON
THE CUTTING EDGE
Copyright © 2005 Cutting Edge Ministries. All rights reserved. See full copyright notice below.
Satan is an incredible deceiver of mankind. He deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, convincing her that she would be like the gods, knowing good and evil if she would just partake of the forbidden fruit, and convincing her that God really did not mean what He said when He told her she would die if she ate of the fruit.
Satan is telling these two lies on a grand scale today in the New Age Movement, as tens of millions of people are striving mightily to "achieve their godhood" through prescribed daily rituals and meditations. The New Age Movement also teaches Reincarnation, which is the Deceiver's slick attempt to persuade people that they really never die, but come back in a different human body almost endlessly.
The New Age Movement also spawned a very big lie in the mid-1990's when her authors suddenly began teaching a new version of creation. Instead of teaching Evolution, their authors suddenly began to acknowledge that a "design" was too evident in science and Nature to be ignored; therefore, since a design presupposes a "designer", New Age authors began to teach an "Interventionist Creation", where Aliens came to Earth many millions of years ago, created Earth as we see it here, including humans, and then left. The natural processes of Evolution and Natural Selection then completed the task of creating the world as we see it today, operating according to the scientific laws which the Aliens had originally set in motion.
Today, that New Age theory that super-intelligent Aliens intervened in world history at just the right time to create the world as we know it today has emerged with a new name and with pseudo-science and mathematics to make the concept believable; the term for this "new" theory is "Intelligent Design".
Furthermore, political pressure from key leaders across this land has begun promoting "Intelligent Design" as curricula to be taught along with Evolution in Public Schools. Recently, President Bush joined this political chorus. Let us begin our study at this point.
NEWS BRIEF: "Bush: Schools Should Teach 'Intelligent Design' Alongside Evolution", Fox News, August 01, 2005
"WASHINGTON — President Bush said Monday he believes schools should discuss "intelligent design" alongside evolution when teaching students about the creation of life ... Bush declined to go into detail on his personal views of the origin of life. But he said students should learn about both ideas ... 'I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought'...."
"The theory of intelligent design says life on earth is too complex to have developed through evolution, implying that a higher power must have had a hand in creation. Christian conservatives — a substantial part of Bush's voting base — have been pushing for the teaching of intelligent design in pubic schools."
If Christian conservatives are backing President Bush on the teaching of "Intelligent Design", does that mean this concept is Biblical?
If political figures -- which have heretofore pushed Evolution in Public Schools -- are now willing to teach that the universe was created by a "higher power", does that mean this concept is Biblical? Note that Freemasons require a belief in a "Higher Power" (God) from all their members. Their "higher power" is also called God, The Almighty, Providence, and Grand Architect of the Universe -- but never "Jesus".
Should genuinely saved Christians rush to support this "Intelligent Design" concept? Or is the Christian community once again being cleverly deceived?
INTELLIGENT DESIGN -- BIBLICAL OR HUMANISTIC?
Let us now begin our study. What is "Intelligent Design"?
NEWS BRIEF: "What is Intelligent Design?", Access Research Network
"Design theory—also called design or the design argument—is the view that nature shows tangible signs of having been designed by a preexisting intelligence. It has been around, in one form or another, since the time of ancient Greece. The most famous version of the design argument can be found in the work of theologian William Paley, who in 1802 proposed his 'watchmaker' thesis ... Just as a watch’s parts are all perfectly adapted for the purpose of telling time, the parts of an eye are all perfectly adapted for the purpose of seeing. In each case, Paley argued, we discern the marks of an intelligent designer."
"Moreover, Paley and other 'natural theologians' tried to reason from the facts of nature to the existence of a wise and benevolent God. All of these things made design an easy target for Charles Darwin when he proposed his theory of evolution. Whereas Paley saw a finely-balanced world attesting to a kind and just God, Darwin pointed to nature’s imperfections and brutishness ... Following the triumph of Darwin’s theory, design theory was all but banished from biology. Since the 1980s, however, advances in biology have convinced a new generation of scholars that Darwin’s theory was inadequate to account for the sheer complexity of living things. These scholars—chemists, biologists, mathematicians and philosophers of science—began to reconsider design theory. They formulated a new view of design that avoids the pitfalls of previous versions. Called intelligent design (ID) ... this new approach is more modest than its predecessors. Rather than trying to infer God’s existence or character from the natural world, it simply claims "that intelligent causes are necessary to explain the complex, information-rich structures of biology and that these causes are empirically detectable."
Note that the creators of Intelligent Design did not attempt to "infer God’s existence or character" from their observations of an incredibly complex world -- a world which they acknowledge could not have possibly come into existence on its own, through limitless accidents over billions of years. The God of the Bible intended that man would come to a knowledge of Him, His Son, and His Gospel through observations they make in Nature. Therefore, it is unbiblical to the highest degree to recognize that a super-intelligent creator had to have designed this world, but stop short of identifying Him as Jesus (John 1:1-14 and Romans 1:18-25).
On this point alone, Intelligent Design is shown to be unbiblical and, therefore, unworthy to be supported by genuine Christians.
NEWS BRIEF: "Intelligent Design", The Skeptic's Dictionary
"...the odds against DNA assembling by chance are 10x40,000 to one [according to Fred Hoyle, Evolution from Space,1981] .... Intelligent design (ID) refers to the theory that intelligent causes are responsible for the origin of the universe and of life in all its diversity. Advocates of ID maintain that their theory is scientific and provides empirical proof for the existence of God or superintelligent aliens. They believe that design is empirically detectable in nature and in living systems. They claim that intelligent design should be taught in the science classroom because it is an alternative to the scientific theory of natural selection."
Note that I.D. supporters admit that "super intelligent aliens" could have created this world.
This next segment we wish to quote brings us into direct contact with a segment of Intelligent Design supporters who believe that they know who the Creator is.
"God could have designed the universe to produce life by random events following laws of nature. God could have created superintelligent aliens who are experimenting with natural selection. Superintelligent aliens could have evolved by natural selection and then introduced the process on our planet." (Ibid.)
Indeed, a number of I.D. proponents believe that a race of super-intelligent aliens visited Earth in the primordial past to create the world as we know it, or at least to create life in a simple form, depending upon the "forces of Evolution" to perfect their original creation after they left. At this point, I.D. becomes merely an extension of the earlier New Age teaching that very intelligent Aliens visited Earth many years ago, and did create the world as we know it today.
NEWS BRIEF: "MASTER PLANNED: Why intelligent design isn’t", by H. Allen Orr, The New Yorker, Issue of 2005-05-30
"In the past few years, college students across the country have formed Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness chapters ... So just what is this movement? First of all, intelligent design is not what people often assume it is. For one thing, I.D. is not Biblical literalism. Unlike earlier generations of creationists ... proponents of intelligent design do not believe that the universe was created in six days, that Earth is ten thousand years old, or that the fossil record was deposited during Noah’s flood. (Indeed, they shun the label “creationism” altogether." (Emphasis added)
This reality should be enough to persuade any Fundamental, Bible-believing Christian that Intelligent Design is not Scriptural and should, therefore, not be supported by any Christians. Yet, the Fox News article, quoted above, clearly states that Conservative Christians are pushing President Bush hard to support Intelligent Design, which he clearly has now done. Furthermore, in searching for information on this theory, I noted that a number of organizations whose name sounds so very Christian are supporting I.D.
Let us now return to this New Yorker article to gain even more insight.
"Nor does I.D. flatly reject evolution: adherents freely admit that some evolutionary change occurred during the history of life on Earth. Although the movement is loosely allied with, and heavily funded by, various conservative Christian groups—and although I.D. plainly maintains that life was created—it is generally silent about the identity of the creator." (Ibid.)
Did you catch the pertinent facts in this paragraph?
* "Nor does I.D. flatly reject evolution: adherents freely admit that some evolutionary change occurred..." The Bible rejects Evolution and ascribes all creation in specific moments of time to an Omniscient, Omnipotent God.
* "... it is generally silent about the identity of the creator" -- No Bible-believing Christian can remain silent about the identity of the Creator -- His Name is Jesus the Christ -- "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God .... All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1, 3)
Then, just to make sure that the reader understood that the Word was Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit inspired John to write, in verse 14: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..."
When a person refuses to identify the Creator, that person is opening a door which Satan will immediately walk through to create discord, distrust, and misinformation. What did our Skull & Bones President refuse to do, in the article above, where he urged that Intelligent Design be taught? He refused to reveal his personal belief as to who the Creator might be. Since President Bush is Skull & Bones, a Masonically-based secret society, he likely believes that the Creator is the Supreme Architect of the Universe, that Force which has ever been present in the universe. Masons will use the term, "God" to describe this Supreme Architect of the Universe, but they know they are not speaking of the God as taught in the Holy Bible.
Christian author, Ken Ham, will speak later about this subject of identifying the Creator, and how eternally important it is to admit Who the Creator is.
Now, this article gets very pointedly to the main argument of I.D.
"The movement’s main positive claim is that there are things in the world, most notably life, that cannot be accounted for by known natural causes and show features that, in any other context, we would attribute to intelligence. Living organisms are too complex to be explained by any natural—or, more precisely, by any mindless—process. Instead, the design inherent in organisms can be accounted for only by invoking a designer, and one who is very, very smart." (Ibid.)
While this concept places the movement into direct conflict with Darwinism, it still does not conform to Christian, Biblical doctrine, either. It is a middle "lukewarm" road -- neither Darwinism nor Christian.
Now, let us examine the arguments by Ken Ham, author of many Creationist books and videos we carry in our Bookstore, and founder of "Answers In Genesis".
NEWS BRIEF: "AiG’s views on the Intelligent Design Movement", by Carl Wieland, Answers In Genesis, 30 August 2002
Let us go immediately to that portion of Mr. Ham's dissertation where he admits that the Intelligent Design leaves open the possibility that Aliens created this world.
"The movement’s apparent refusal to identify the hypothetical designer with the Biblical God (some IDers have pointed out that the design work they postulate could even have been performed by aliens) is seen as a prudent necessity to keep the argument on philosophically ‘neutral’ ground, and thus avoid a lot of anti-Christian hostility."
This issue is very strong, for Hollywood has been intensely intent since World War II to keep the subject of Aliens and UFO's alive and strongly in the public consciousness. A shockingly high percentage of Americans do believe in Aliens and UFO's with many believing that they are going to intervene again in human affairs. To understand the belief that aliens are benevolent, that they have intervened in world history already and that they are preparing soon to intervene again -- also benevolently -- read NEWS1912, "When UFO's Arrive".
Now, let us go back to this article from "Answers In Genesis" for more information as to what Intelligent Design is and why it is not Biblical. Please note that I.D. advocates look at Darwinism (also called "Naturalism") as their mortal enemy; but, then they turn around to accept much of the Darwinian beliefs along the way.
Intelligent Design Believes:
* "Anyone opposed to naturalism could potentially qualify as an ally. This includes believers in evolution from microbe to man, so long as this belief were to involve some intelligent, planned interference sometime during the billions of years ... They generally believe in, or are publicly neutral on, the millions and billions of years that evolutionists teach and accept." (Ibid.)
I.D. does not rule out that Evolution has been occurring for billions of years, just as Darwin advocates teach; their only difference is that they believe that, at some point along the way, a super-intelligent being of some sort intervened to start the evolutionary process. And, yes, this "super-intelligent being" might have been Aliens.
* "They either are comfortable with, or express no public view on, the corollary implication of long-age belief, namely that millions of years of death, disease and suffering took place before mankind appeared." (Ibid.)
They reject the Biblical view that Omnipotent God (Jesus) created a perfect world, populated by a perfect set of human beings, and a perfect natural world to serve them; further, they reject the Biblical revelation that sin ruined this perfect world, setting into motion all the evil, disaster, suffering, and death from which mankind has suffered every day since then. As we shall see in a few moments, rejecting the Biblical notion that man's sin ruined an originally perfect world carries some very significant practical and theological problems -- eternal problems.
* "Though the movement incorporates some believers in Genesis ... its approach would preclude public expression of support or concern for the Bible’s authority in such matters." (Ibid.)
* "They often go to great lengths to ensure that they are not seen as ‘coming at it from the Bible’." (Ibid.)
Therefore, you can see that Intelligent Design is NOT Christian, does not think of itself as Christian, and cannot be considered by Christians as being Christian!
Yet, many Evangelical, Conservative Christians are pushing the agenda of Intelligent Design as though it were Christian. How can this be? The people at Answers In Genesis believe the reason is simply pragmatic -- at least in part.
"The concept of the ID movement has attracted a number of evangelical Christians, including believers in literal Genesis, who see it as a helpful new strategy to crack the foundation of evolution, which under girds most of the world’s cultures and schools ... Many Biblical (or Genesis) creationists (BCs, who by historically sound exegetical standards are convinced of recent creation) realize that the IDM ‘doesn’t go as far as we like’, but think that this is a reasonable price to pay for what they see as a potentially effective ‘thin edge of the wedge’ strategy. They reason, ‘Let’s just get the camel’s nose inside the tent, then we can concentrate on these other issues. Let’s win one battle at a time.’ " (Ibid.)
This pragmatism sounds like the old adage that "any enemy of my enemy is my friend". While that adage may hold some attractiveness in human philosophy, it is totally unbiblical. However, Evangelical Christians during this era have taken a number of positions based upon pragmatism rather than the Word of God. This sad scenario is similarly based.
Actually, this pragmatic view sounds suspiciously like Step 6 of the Six-Step Attitudinal Change Plan, that stage which spells disaster to the Biblical worldview, on any subject (like Abortion).
Now, this 'Answers In Genesis' article speaks to the unbiblical nature of Intelligent Design:
* Because they generally reject the literal Genesis account, "they can never offer a ‘story of the past’ " - a most serious drawback. This author then elaborates:
"They generally refuse to be drawn on the sequence of events, or the exact history of life on Earth or its duration, apart from saying, in effect, that it ‘doesn’t matter’ ... In other words, if the origins debate is not about a ‘story of the past’, what is it about?" (Ibid.)
Now, the author of this featured article really gets to the point to which we alluded to, above. It is a very serious Biblical matter to refuse to identify the acknowledged creator, the "super-intelligent" creative alien being or force, for that refusal can lead to some very serious consequences.
"The IDM’s refusal to identify the Designer with the Biblical God, and in particular with the history in the Bible, means that ... acceptance of ID thinking en masse could just as easily lead to New-Age or Hindu-like notions of creation, as well as weird alien sci-fi notions." (Ibid.)
We have already noted, above, that the New Age Movement started teaching, in the early 1990's, this notion of a highly intelligent Alien intrusion into world events at some point in the distant past which tried to explain the world as we know it today. Either the Aliens created life on Earth outright, or they created the process by which Evolution could complete their original creation - so this theory teaches. In other words, at this point, Intelligent Design is nothing more, nor less, than New Age teachings of a decade ago! These theories are now simply dressed up in other clothes, in order to widen the scope of the deception.
The author of our featured article, above, makes a very pertinent point about the fact that I.D. takes almost all of its inspiration from the "power of the design argument", i.e., they observed intricate design which requires a "Designer".
"The Apostle Paul acknowledges the power of the design argument in Romans 1:20: God’s eternal power and divine nature can be clearly understood from the things that have been made (i.e. evidence of design in nature). Because of this, the ungodly are ‘without excuse.’ But he maintains that people willingly reject this clear evidence ... Evidence of design in nature is enough to condemn men, but it is not enough to save them. The Bible makes it overwhelmingly clear that the scientific aspects of creation ministry cannot, in the end, be separated from the preaching of the Gospel, to enable people to be reconciled to their Creator." (Ibid.)
This Biblical understanding is terrific and directly to the point. Believing in Biblical Creationism leads a person to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which leads them to eternal salvation. However, teaching that some sort of unknown designer had to have created this wonderfully complex world, but then rejecting the Gospel and the Creator Jesus throws Intelligent Design into the "naturalistic" camp of Darwinism.
Christians cannot support Intelligent Design and should not think that it is Christian. Further, President Bush seems to be simply deceiving his genuine Christian supporters when he proposes that Evolution be counterbalanced in schools by Intelligent Design. The only effective counterbalance to Evolution is Biblical Creationism. Most Christians instinctively know this, and since they are ignorant of the details of Intelligent Design, conclude that I.D. must be synonymous with Biblical Creationism since our President is proposing just that kind of counterbalance.
Too many Christians will be duped into thinking that Intelligent Design is Biblical, is synonymous with Biblical Creationism and deserves to be politically supported. This deception is a very high type (Matthew 24:4, 11, 24) and certainly represents another "Sign of the Times". Are you spiritually ready? Is your family? Are you adequately protecting your loved ones? This is the reason for this ministry, to enable you to first understand the peril facing you, and then help you develop strategies to warn and protect your loved ones. Once you have been thoroughly trained, you can also use your knowledge as a means to open the door of discussion with an unsaved person. I have been able to use it many times, and have seen people come to Jesus Christ as a result. These perilous times are also a time when we can reach many souls for Jesus Christ, making an eternal difference.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, but have been very lukewarm in your spiritual walk with Him, you need to immediately ask Him for forgiveness and for renewal. He will instantly forgive you, and fill your heart with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Then, you need to begin a daily walk of prayer and personal Bible Study.
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, but have come to realize His reality and the approaching End of the Age, and want to accept His FREE Gift of Eternal Life, you can also do so now, in the privacy of your home. Once you accept Him as Savior, you are spiritually Born Again, and are as assured of Heaven as if you were already there. Then, you can rest assured that the Kingdom of Antichrist will not touch you spiritually.
If you would like to become Born Again, turn to our Salvation Page now.
We hope you have been blessed by this ministry, which seeks to educate and warn people, so that they can see the coming New World Order -- Kingdom of Antichrist -- in their daily news.
Finally, we would love to hear from you.
You can contact us by mail or email.
God bless you.
Copyright © 2005 Cutting Edge Ministries. All rights reserved. This password protected article and its contents are protected under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries. This article is provided by subscription only for use by the subscriber and all other rights are expressly reserved by the copyright owner. Copying and pasting this article, in whole or in part, into e-mails or as attachments to e-mails or posting it on the Internet is strictly prohibited and may subject the offender to civil liability and severe criminal penalties (Title 17, United States Code, section 501 and 506).
Copying and distributing
this article in violation of the above notice is also a violation of God's moral
Become a Headline news subscriber HERE.