Intelligent Design - Has God turned the tables on Evolution?

Written by Aleck Cartwright

Intelligent Design

For we know thatrepparttar whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. Romans 8:22

According to Darwin's Theory of Evolution,repparttar 127001 strong survive by a process of natural selection ofrepparttar 127002 most fit. Yet many of his contemporaries had questions that have never been answered and now it seems that withrepparttar 127003 advent of a new understanding of Intelligent Design these problems are being compounded byrepparttar 127004 unique DNA sequence information now accepted inrepparttar 127005 human genome project and our understanding ofrepparttar 127006 irreducibly complex function of biological systems. It seems that intellectual honesty will soon force many scientists to abandon Darwin's theory ofrepparttar 127007 evolution of species in exchange for intelligent design or outright Biblical creation.

What Darwin did was to develop a family tree of evolution where similar organisms and creatures like man and ape were onrepparttar 127008 same branch ofrepparttar 127009 evolutionary tree. Yet recent multi-gene comparisons ofrepparttar 127010 amount of divergence between different organisms now provide better support for a complex relationship between different organisms, a relationship that first looked more like a shrub, with many more early branches. Nowrepparttar 127011 trend seems to be toward nearly independent origins, a model more like grass. This model is consistent withrepparttar 127012 independent origins of major kinds of plants, sea life, and animals described inrepparttar 127013 Genesis account.

New genetic data suggests complex relationships or more independent origins for major kinds of organisms. The universe is too complex,repparttar 127014 conditions for life too exacting, to conclude that it could have developed in such a sophisticated way without help from some "external agent." Some scientists have decided that a more acceptable explanation forrepparttar 127015 diversity of life is that an intelligent force has expressed itself throughrepparttar 127016 different stages ofrepparttar 127017 evolutionary process. In fact for many a scientist it is easier to believe this method of ceation than to believe thatrepparttar 127018 earth rotates aroundrepparttar 127019 sun orrepparttar 127020 tides are influencd byrepparttar 127021 moon. Yet a select few are becoming increasingly vocal and more convinced that there is a need to change this common perception. This new paradigm shift is headed up by a small group of mathematicians, philosophers, biologists and chemists. Their belief is that an "intelligent agent" - they rigorously refute usingrepparttar 127022 term "God", has beenrepparttar 127023 prime factor in every step ofrepparttar 127024 creationary process and a guide torepparttar 127025 history of human existance. Many scientists have seen this new uprising as a vain attempt to dress God up in scientist's clothing and trying to push creationism as a scientific option. Even still it's adherants are making an impact inrepparttar 127026 academic world. They call their unconventional argument "intellient design". Due to it's foundational values, this theory of intelligent design has been embraced by Christian colleges and Christian education which has begun teaching it as an alternative to evolutionary theory. Mainstream educational bodies have been less symapathetic, leaving it atrepparttar 127027 edge of their discusions and lectures. Though more and more are finding it necessary in their students development to have informal discussions in whichrepparttar 127028 students can discussrepparttar 127029 theory alongside evolution.

Those scientists who do support intelligent design have been able only to teach it as a nonscience course. Still,repparttar 127030 visibilty and promotion of intelligent design has grown in leaps and bounds as a viable affront to Darwinism. This is a hard pill for many troubled academics to swallow. A recent American poll found that 45% ofrepparttar 127031 U.S. population believe that God created human beings in their present form withinrepparttar 127032 last 10,000 years. 39% ofrepparttar 127033 same poll said that they felt Darwinism is based on scant evidence and faulty assumptions.

Contextualized Christianity - the Life of Sadhu Sundar Singh.

Written by Aleck Cartwright

Contextualised Christianity Sadhu Sundar Singh

India's prominent Christian "sadhu" ofrepparttar early 20th century, felt called at an early age to renounce home, employment, marriage and family life to obey his Lord and tell others of God's love. His lifestyle was identical with Hindu sadhus of his day including dress, dependence upon others for his daily needs, and in spiritual discipline.

Sundar Singh was born to Sher Singh of Rampur, Punjab in India in 1889. His mother, a deeply religious woman, left an indelible mark on Sundar and nurtured him inrepparttar 127000 traditions ofrepparttar 127001 Sikhs. Sundar often spoke of his mother with much love and respect because ofrepparttar 127002 good foundation she laid for his life to come. Little did anyone know what God was about to do with this keenly intelligent and disciplined young man.

When Sundar was about fourteen, his beloved mother and elder brother passed away. This leftrepparttar 127003 young boy in despair and spiritually restless. Sundar hungered for peace. He sought meaning for his life.

One night, a year or two later, after bathing in cold water in preparation for pooja he asked God, 'the all-pervading, impersonal, unknowable, incomprehensible universal spirit', to appear to him as an avatar. He wanted a divine revelation that would once and for all destroy his doubts and end his despair. His spiritual agitation was such that he made a vow to throw himself in front ofrepparttar 127004 early morning passenger train that passed by his village if God did not reveal himself. This vow was not empty words! Shaped byrepparttar 127005 disciplined life of a devout Sikh, this strong willed youth meant to do exactly that.

That night as he prayed he became conscious of a light shining inrepparttar 127006 room. He looked outside to make sure it was not someone shining a light. Graduallyrepparttar 127007 light tookrepparttar 127008 form of a globe of fire and in it he sawrepparttar 127009 face of Jesus.

Jesus wasrepparttar 127010 last person Sundar was looking for. After all, Jesus wasrepparttar 127011 'foreign god' ofrepparttar 127012 Christian teachers at his school. A zealous Sikh, Sundar had publicly torn up a portion ofrepparttar 127013 Bible to protest its claims. Amazed that his vision had takenrepparttar 127014 unexpected form of Jesus, Sundar was convinced in his heart that Jesus wasrepparttar 127015 avatar in whom God reveals Himself.

Did Jesus speak to him? No one knows for sure; however, regardless ofrepparttar 127016 nature ofrepparttar 127017 'conversation', Sundar threw himself onrepparttar 127018 ground and surrendered His life to Jesus. At once peace flooded his troubled heart. The weary struggle to seek enlightenment and moksha was over for Sundar, for in Jesus he found shanthi. This divine encounter withrepparttar 127019 Lord Jesus was to Sundar a rebirth into a new life.

The following months proved to be very difficult for Sundar and his family. Becoming a disciple of Christ was not taken lightly by his family nor his community. Misunderstanding his new found revelation to be a betrayal of all loyalty to his community he was excommunicated. Sundar may have been ill advised by some 'Christians' to cut his hair, unnecessarily maligning an honorable Sikh custom. Unfortunately, he followed their advice and cut his hair, a gesture that did not make things any easier with his family. His family was convinced he had renounced his Sikh heritage. However, through this strife and turmoil God cared for Sundar.

A month after he acceptedrepparttar 127020 water baptism of Christ inrepparttar 127021 year 1905, he tookrepparttar 127022 vow of a sadhu. He gave away his meager possessions, put on a saffron robe and became a barefooted wandering man of God. Among Christiansrepparttar 127023 world over, this barefoot Sadhu was later calledrepparttar 127024 `apostle ofrepparttar 127025 bleeding feet' becauserepparttar 127026 soles of his feet were often covered in bloody blisters.

The life of a sadhu is hard and entirely dependent on God. Sadhu Sundar Singh's needs were met entirely throughrepparttar 127027 kindness of people he met wherever he went. His life story has been written down for us by several of his friends and admirers. He also, reluctantly, agreed to put his teachings and experiences in writing saying that like His Satguru, he did not want to write a word. Sadhu Sundar Singh reflectedrepparttar 127028 character of Christ in word and life; he had found peace inrepparttar 127029 abiding presence of Jesu his brother and Lord.

Sundar also became a great missionary travelling perilously overrepparttar 127030 mountains to Tibet where he was repeatedly persecuted as he attempted to share Christ with them. He suffered much at their hands but each year he would travel back to Tibet to show Jesus conextualised forrepparttar 127031 Indian andrepparttar 127032 Tibetan. He has revealed an Eastern God and taken Christ and made Him accessible torepparttar 127033 Eastern mind and thinking. Modern missionaries still have a lot to learn fromrepparttar 127034 missionary withrepparttar 127035 bleeding feet.

Some of his selected teachings can be found below. More details aboutrepparttar 127036 amazing life of this contextual Christian can be found in many books, some of which are still in print aroundrepparttar 127037 world.

The Teachings of Sadhu Sundar Singh (selections from his books)

The Unbridled Tongue It has often been noticed thatrepparttar 127038 woodlouse that eats and destroys hard wood andrepparttar 127039 insect that makes holes inrepparttar 127040 rocks inrepparttar 127041 sea are very weak and delicate. even so, they can penetrate hard wood and stone to spoil them completely. The same can be said ofrepparttar 127042 germs of evil thoughts and habits. However feeble and negligible they may seem, evil thoughts and habits eat into our lives to make us hollow and useless human beings. Unless, with God's help we are able to eliminate such germs, they can completely destroy us. Poisonous as reptiles, evil thoughts and habits cause death by biting and depositing their poison inrepparttar 127043 wound. Even bugs and flies, though not considered poisonous, are in a way no less dangerous, because they spreadrepparttar 127044 germs of various deadly diseases and many are destroyed through them. Many people are like this. They do not outwardly appear dangerous, like murderous dacoits and criminals, but by insidiously spreadingrepparttar 127045 dangerous words and poisonous influence to others with their unbridled tongues they are just as much of a menace.

A Foreigner in a Strange Place When a person goes to another place or to a foreign countryrepparttar 127046 people consider him a stranger andrepparttar 127047 dogs bark atrepparttar 127048 sight of him. So followers of Christ do not belong to this world but are strangers (John 17:14, Heb. 11:13). Therefore they should not be surprised or downcast whenrepparttar 127049 dogs ofrepparttar 127050 world take them for strangers, bark at them, or frequently even attack and rend them. Having put our hand torepparttar 127051 plough we must not turn back, nor should we slacken our speed, but press on like a caravan, becauserepparttar 127052 dogs will turn back after chasing us for a while; they will fade out into silence, and we shall reach our destination in safety (Matt. 7:6).

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