If I could carve it into something tangible like a mountainside for all the world to see, I would. If I could afford to fly around the world in a crop duster to every city, town and village on earth, to write the truth in smoke against the deep blue sky, I would. We need to understand that “Intelligent Design” is not the same thing as “Creationism.”
“Intelligent Design” is a scientific method of empirically determining the “apparent design” in nature acknowledged by virtually all biologists; that it is genuine design, and that the designer is God. [click on the link for a full detailed explanation]
Now that sounds pretty good to most evangelical/true Christ-followers, but danger lurks in those thoughts and ideals. Allow me to make just a few observations. First, and maybe most importantly, the supernatural beings created for the purpose of worshiping God and doing God’s will (Angels), know that God designed and created this world. Some of those beings were led into rebellion against God by God’s highest angel – Lucifer. These angels turned demon (1/3 of the heavenly host according to John in the Book of Revelation), have spent all of human history trying to convince humanity that God either doesn’t exist, or that He has lost interest in them altogether. Yet, when Jesus came to earth to reveal God’s full and complete loving plan for salvation, Satan (Lucifer) called Him “Son of God” because even Satan knew the truth about creation, and the Garden of Eden… he was there. All the fallen angels of heaven recognize Jesus when they see Him, and cower in fear at His omniscient and omnipotent Creative nature and character.
Second, since these supernatural beings know and believe there is a God and are not saved by Him, we should not presume that just because someone says “I believe there is a ‘being’ of some kind greater than us, that created everything we see,” that this is the same thing as salvation belief. Knowing and/or believing that God exists is only the first step in being in right relationship with your Creator. Let’s use Hebrews 11:6 as our proof text: “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Did you see the “and” there. You might want to read that again.
The simple truth is that just because someone believes in an intelligent designer, does not mean they automatically believe that this designer rewards their efforts to know Him personally. In fact some in this camp suggest that God “may” exist, and “may” be responsible for the design, but cares little or not at all about the humans now inhabiting this planet. See the danger yet?
In the Bible, the authoritative, historically and scientifically proven document that reveals the Intelligent Designer Himself, truth regarding His nature and character is also revealed. Like a huge engraved invitation across the universe of time and space, the words of Jesus ring out…
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. [John 3:16]
The truth is that not only did God design us, but He loves us so much, He is willing to die for us. Which brings me to my last observation.
Finally, regardless of what the world may be shouting at us today, through any means available, there are NOT many paths to find this God of Salvation. The Creator Himself has stated with authority, that only in Himself can a human being have a personal relationship with their Creator. He said it this way: “I AM the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the father but through Me.” [John 14:6]
Believing there is a God, is not the same thing as yielding your life, your mind, your soul, your attitudes, your entire belief system to the authority of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. If you want to know the Designer of Life personally, Jesus says “Come! And See!”
Jesus has already issued to you, your own engraved invitation… it is written in the scars on His back, the thorns in His brow, the holes in His hands and His side.
Come! Come and see, and believe! Come receive life… from the Creator of all things.