Wonderful in Complexity
apple tree is a marvelous feat of engineering.
We take them for granted because they
are so common. But consider if you were tasked to design an
apple tree, what an incredibly complex task it would be!
Here is a system, a factory if you
will, that starts as a self-contained seed, a compact, dormant state
that is able to survive in harsh conditions for decades, awaiting just
the right conditions to break that dormancy.
It has the internal blueprints for an
organism far more complex than the space shuttle, but this information
is contained in a package so small that it takes an electron microscope
to see it. And every cell of the seed contains this information, and
will flawlessly replicate it trillions of times. This seed also
contains enough fuel to start up this factory until it is
Once a sprout reaches sunlight, the factory kicks into
Solar panels are deployed, and according
to its plans it will build an ever-enlarging factory using an unlimited
raw material-carbon it extracts from thin air in the form of carbon
dioxide, giving off oxygen as a waste product. Water is the transport
mechanism for the food it fashions from carbon, and the whole factory is
solar powered with an efficiency NASA engineers can only dream of.
This factory has a maintenance department that is able to
detect and repair significant damage. It is adaptable through harsh
climates and varied conditions, and will shut down during the most
dangerous times, jettisoning vulnerable and expendable solar collectors,
and start up again when conditions improve.
This factory has a mission - a mission to start more
factories. In times of scarce resources, such as shortages of
fertilizer (a small component of the machinery) or transport liquid
(water), it will sacrifice resources to build escape pods for the
factory-starters, a transport package commonly called apples.
It starts by openly soliciting information from other
similar factories to integrate with its own design, to craft a factory
unique in attributes, different from all other factories. It
attractively packages the factory-starters in a sweet fruit to encourage
transport of the seed by alien beings, such as animals and humans. It
can continue production over 100 years, until finally it shuts down.
During this time it may have started dozens of other factories to
continue on production.
Manís most gifted engineers cannot begin to design an
organism so complex (pity the poor pomology major who tries to discover
and memorize all the attributes of this factory). If it was unique in
the universe, I would in my wildest dreams postulate that it came into
being by accident. But this complex factory exists in a myriad of
organisms, all similar in their complexity, ingeniousness, and
It is sheer folly to conclude that it came about apart
from a Supreme Engineer, one with unlimited intelligence, creativity,
and imagination. Nothing but chaos comes from random disorder, and no
one can point to any example of something complex happening by itself
outside of nature, which is all the work of the Supreme Engineer anyway.
designed work of the Supreme Engineer testifies of His creativity, but
cannot tell us of His love. But the One who is able to sustain the
genes of the apple tree is perfectly capable of seeing that a testament
of His love and plan of reconciliation with His creation was recorded.
Throughout history He has given us insight into His nature, His
compassion, and His desire to be known. He culminated this by taking on
the form of a man to be born into a primitive civilization to experience
the sufferings and temptations we feel, while showing us up close and
personal the heart and desire of the Supreme Engineer.
Christ showed us the fatal flaw in our innermost being- sin that
separates us from our Creator, sin that dooms us to death. But not
wanting to be separated from His creation, God placed the penalty for
our sin on his beloved, innocent Son by having Him humiliated, tortured,
and executed in our place. With the penalty of death paid in full, all
that remains for reconciliation with our Creator is to accept this.
knows what you want, God knows what you need, and is the only One in the
universe able to satisfy those needs. ďFor God loved the world so
much, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him
will not die, but will have everlasting life (John 3:16).
"And the angel
showed me a pure river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing
from the throne of God and of the Lamb, coursing down the center of the
main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life,
bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The
leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations." Revelation 22:1-2
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