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The Reflections Newsletter

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

**In This Issue**

  1. Is Intelligent Design a Religion or a Scientific Theory?
  2. What Does the Bible Say About...?

Welcome to the Reflections Newsletter from Reflect His Glory.  RHG is a co-ministry with Creation Science Ministries.  Feel free to send this to your relatives and friends.

Is Intelligent Design a Religion or a Scientific Theory?

Intelligent Design has been tossed out of several public schools across the country, and like a radio active potato, nobody wants to touch it for fear they will be fatally burned.  It was not long ago that the potato was in a California school where Intelligent Design was being analyzed in an elective philosophy class.  Not in a mandatory biology class, but in a "Hey, this ID thing sounds kind of interesting" philosophy class.

And What Happened?

Frazier Mountain High in California's El Tajon school district had been offering
the class, called Philosophy of Design to explain Intelligent Design concepts to interested students.  However, the class appearently included more Biblical Creation teachings than it did Intelligent Design theory.  In early January of 2006, a group of parents decided to sue the school district for violating the separation of church and state by promoting religious ideas in a public school classroom.  In order to avoid an expensive lawsuit, the school district settled out of court and agreed to never teach a "course that promotes or endorses creationism, creation science or intelligent design."

This incident came
on the heals of a landmark decision in Pennsylvania regarding Intelligent Design.  The Dover, Pennsylvania area school district had mandated a brief statement to introduce students to the alternative theory of Intelligent Design before starting biology class sections on evolution.  The school district did not encourage teachers to actually teach about Intelligent Design, but only to make students aware of the theory and to cite books where the kids could find out more information on their own.  For that, the school district got sued.  As a result, on December 20, 2005, US District Judge John E. Jones III ruled the Dover school district's policy to be unconstitutional.

Now, with Intelligent Design smacked down in the public science classroom, and in even the public philosophy classroom, other school districts are fearful of touching the subject.

Intelligent Design Is Not a Religion

The absurd thing is that Intelligent Design theory itself has
absolutely nothing to do with religion.  It does not depend on any religion, or refer to religion, or hope to define its' Intelligent Designer.  It simply puts forth the theory that certain biological machines and processes are too interdependent and complex to have formed by natural processes over long periods of time, which is also known as evolution.

The human eye is a good example.
 Remove any one of the precise series of chemical reactions involved in sight, and the eye does not work.  Every part of the eye, every chemical and nerve connection needs to exist and work precisely, or the whole system fails.  Intelligent Design theorists argue that interdependent precision, like that found to create eyesight - demonstrates evidence of purposeful design rather than a step-by-step natural evolutionary formation over a long period of time.

Both Have Implications

To be fair and honest here, Intelligent Design theory does have religious implications.  An Intelligent Designer could easily be God.  But, then again, it could be from an intelligent alien life form.  Intelligent Design theory does not worry about who the Designer may be.  It simply concerns itself with the empirical evidence and what evolution can and cannot satisfactorily explain.

For all the noise that secular scientists make about Intelligent Design, we need to all remember that the General Theory of Evolution has religious implications as well.
 The implications are atheistic, the denial of God's existence.  But, just as there are atheists who support Intelligent Design (they believe aliens designed us), there are theistic evolutionists who argue God used evolution to create today's array of life on earth.  The religious conclusions people make have nothing to do with whether scientists are using solid reasoning, or are justified in their interpretations of the evidence.

What Can Be Done

Despite the
these setbacks, the fight for true science, that is science that explores all the options, is not over.  The US District Court is not the Supreme Court and the Tajon school district apparently approached the issue in a lopsided manner.  Other school districts can still decide to address the Intelligent Design issue in constitutional ways.  A school can develop a balanced course that examines the scientific philosophies behind the General Theory of Evolution and Intelligent Design, without promoting either one.  School Districts can allow teachers to introduce the concept of Intelligent Design to students without mandating that they do so.  Even if teachers never mention Intelligent Design, they are free to explain to students the various weaknesses some scientists have found in the General Theory of Evolution.

But most important, parents can educate their children about the controversy.  Hundreds of books have been written to address Intelligent Design and to critique evolutionary theory.  These include books written for the advanced scientist and books written for children.


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What Does the Bible Say About...?


In this section of the Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.  If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to send your question in an email to me at  Of course, you may call me anytime by phone at 801.302-1111.

The question for this issue is, "What is the concept of the 'Kinsman-Redeemer' taught in the Old Testament, and why is Jesus Christ sometimes referred to by that name?"

The concept of the kinsman-redeemer, known in Hebrew as a goel, is related to the Law of the Levirate Marriage, which is a procedure to assure the continuity of a man's family line if he should die prematurely without having any children.  In such an instance, the man's widow could request that his closest male relative take her as a wife and continue his line.  This would also insure the redemption of the land of the deceased man, so that it would remain in his family.

There was no requirement for the male relative to perform this function if he did not desire to do so.  There were three requirements to be a goel.  First, you had to be the nearest relative to the deceased relative.  Second, you had to be able to perform all of the obligations, and last, he had to be willing to perform.

In the Book of Ruth, we learn that there was a closer kinsman to Ruth than Boaz (Ruth 3:12).  However, for whatever reason, while he was willing to perform some of the obligations, he was not willing to take Ruth as his wife (Ruth 4:6).  It was the custom of the nearer redeemer, who rejected the custom, to remove one of his shoes as evidence that he surrendered his right of redemption.  So the role of kinsman-redeemer fell to Boaz, who was not only able, he was more than willing to marry Ruth and redeem the property of her family.  The kinsman-redeemer is just one of many illustrations in the Old Testament of what Christ Jesus has done for each and every one of us. 

Because of Adam's sin, the entire line of mankind became dead, spiritually.  In order for us to be re-established as a true child of God, mankind needed a kinsman-redeemer who was not only able, but willing to meet all of God's obligations for our redemption.  And that kinsman-redeemer is Christ Jesus.  As a man, He was qualified to pay our sin debt.  As the sinless Son of God, He was able to do so.  And because He loved us, he was willing to perform the role of our goel.  Just as Boaz chose Ruth as his bride, Christ Jesus chose the Church as his bride.

In closing, there is another interesting aspect to the Book of Ruth.  Ruth herself had to make the first move  by requesting Boaz to be her kinsman-redeemer (Ruth 3:9).  In this same manner, we must first ask Christ Jesus to be our kinsman-redeemer.  When we do, He is more than willing and able to perform this role, for anyone believing that He can save them.

"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name,"    John 1:12


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Our Redeemer the Lord Almighty is His name is the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 47:4  KJV ER

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