The Work of a Superior Intelligence
If we discovered the work of an intelligence so superior to our own that we could not understand it, would we even recognize it for what it was?
If we were faced with the work of such an intelligence, what would we think of it? Consider an African bushman examining a simple calculator. All he would see was a flat box that had no apparent purpose. If he opened it up, all he would find would be a seemingly purposeless jumble of wires. He might even decide that the object was something natural – perhaps something that grew on a tree – rather than the careful design and work of another human.
When we are faced with the intelligence of God in the creation, it is often easy for us, like the bushman, to see things we cannot understand as just happening. This is really what the origins debate is all about. But nothing just happens. While the leg of an ant appears to be a simple affair – quite natural to us – the Soviets learned differently. Their lunar vehicle, the Lunakod, was designed to walk on the moon with articulated legs designed after the ant. Designing the vehicle inspired a new respect among Soviet scientists for the leg of the lowly ant – for it was difficult to design and took many years to produce.
In Romans 1 God says that His power and majesty are evident from what He has made in the creation. We are learning that nothing just happens; even the simplest things require great work and effort to design and build.