As explained by Dr. Geoff Downes Ph D, “Consider finding a dead body in the park. Did the person die from natural causes, or was some other factor involved? If you find a knife in the back , then it is logical to assume that some outside intelligence was involved. However, if you start by assuming that the death occurred from natural causes, then you can never arrive at the correct conclusion.”(1)
The current status of scientific study of evolution is like a policeman who does not believe in murder. Imagine an entire police department which operated under the belief that all events occur only as a result of natural causes.
The call comes in of a body found in the woods. All the investigators go to the scene and find the body, with a large butcher knife protruding from the back and blood everywhere at the scene. The campsite shows signs of a struggle with dozens of broken chairs and utensils. The tent is collapsed with supports broken and fabric torn. Of course, when the report is issued, the cause of death is “Natural causes.”
So it is with modern atheistic scientists and their evaluation of the origin of life. Since they have already ruled out the possibility of divine intervention, they will naturally only find (or evaluate or report) evidence of spontaneous so-called “natural forces”. They will state that the universe created itself from nothing, using terminology that sound convincing and scientific, but mean nothing. They will lecture on evolution and how “natural selection drives evolution” and how some “primordial soup” was struck by lightning and life magically appeared.
No amounts of facts can convince the policeman that a murder occurred. They believe only in “natural causes” No amount of facts… scientific, philosophical, biochemical, embryological, astronomical, archeological, or otherwise, can convince the atheistic scientist that creation is the result of a Creator, that life is the result of “and God said.” (2) The atheists scientific community has as one of the tenets of belief that there is no God. Therefore when any scientific discovery, or trend, or accumulation of evidence points to a creator, it is summarily rejected. Why? Not because it is unscientific, but because it fundamentally disagrees with their underlying position. The position of belief that “there is no God” is a statement of faith. No more and no less than the statement of belief that “God created everything.”
As a scientist, then, it should not be surprising that there are tens of thousands of persons, highly educated in the sciences, with PhD, and MD and other advanced degrees behind their names, who absolutely believe that God formed the universe and established its laws. They believe God created all life and the cells, structures, organelles and DNA within the cell. And they are no less scientific or educated than the atheists.
Atheistic science has no credentials on the matter of origins, when by its own mission statement it has excluded the most likely cause of all things, God. It is completely illogical circular reasoning to state, “I do not believe in God, therefore I will not interpret any type of scientific evidence as pointing to God, therefore there is no God based on my scientific findings.”
Isaiah 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
(1) Geoff Downs PhD, In six days Master Books Publishing, p.333.
(2) Genesis 1:20 NIV
(For more on this see “Individualism” and “Operational vs Historical Science”)