Thursday, April 24, 2008

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

My pastor and I went to see Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed this afternoon.

It is quite something to consider the “systematic, ruthless opposition” to any mention of intelligent design or questioning of Darwinism in the scientific community. It is amazing the lengths to which people will go to deny any possibility of the existence of an “intelligent designer” (specifically, the existence of God).

The movie only hints at the reason behind the extreme resistance, citing the clash of “world views”. But we should not be surprised, as scripture tells us quite specifically why people are so vehement in their opposition to the possibility of a creator.

Paul in Romans tells us:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened…
Romans 1:18-21

The key is that man will seek to suppress the truth about God, even that truth which is evident in the glorious design of creation.

This is important for us to understand in ministry, whether in the capitol or anywhere else. We should not be surprised at the negative, sometimes extreme responses to the simple proclamation of the truth. It is our responsibility to proclaim the message of the gospel and the Word of God, even while knowing what the response will be from those who suppress and reject the truth.

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