There has been a lot of national media attention about the upcoming debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on February 4 here at the Creation Museum near Cincinnati. Like many secular scientists, Nye wants to deny that there is a Creator and that the design we see in the natural world shows evidence of a Creator. The “Design(er) Conference,” to be held at the Creation Museum April 10–12 will open your eyes to the wondrous ways in which the Creator God has revealed Himself in His creation.
God’s Word is clear that all humanity has been given visible proof of His invisible attribute in creation. The incredible similarities between organisms declare we have a Designer. And that designer is God; more specifically, our designer is the second person of the Trinity, God’s Son Jesus Christ. John 1:2–3 states, “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.”
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” The knowledge of God is written on our hearts. We understand how vital it is not just to convince people there is an intelligence behind the universe but ensure people are directed to who that intelligence is: the God of the Bible. We also want to ensure people are directed to His Word that convicts us of our sin and gives us the hope of forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
At Answers in Genesis, we will never divorce who the Designer is from the design arguments. We recognize that man’s sinful heart is against God (Jeremiah 17:9), and that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). If we were just to convince people there was an intelligence behind the universe, then that could cause people to go after a false god.
Just from looking at death and suffering in creation, it’s possible that you could conclude that the intelligence behind it was flawed or cruel. However, understanding the history revealed to us in Genesis enables us to understand that the creation is now cursed because of our sin—it was once a perfect creation. But even in a sin-cursed (fallen) creation, we can see the marvelous design of our infinite Creator.
The ‘Design(er) Conference’ will bring to life the work of the true Inventor, Designer, and Engineer in new ways. In the course of the conference, attendees will look at the fascinating designs of animals, plants, systems, and features at which scientists around the world often marvel. Be on the front row of some this latest research and learn that even in a sin-cursed and broken world, we see incredible design in the creation around us.
For complete details and to register, visit the conference event page.
[Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Ken Ham’s blog. It was slightly adapted for this blog.]