“To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.” (Charles Darwin, On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, chapter “Difficulties”)
We have spent some time this week considering the incontrovertible evidence of design in creation all around us. Today, I would like to spend some time discussing the complexity of the human eye, and just how little we consider the extraordinary intricacy of design of this most amazing organ.
If you were walking alone in the woods and came across a masterpiece hanging on a tree, would you believe that no one could be responsible for it? How about the most sophisticated HD Camera on planet earth, if you just found it in nature, would you believe it arrived there by chance?
Wouldn’t you insist that a design requires a designer?
Yet the Human Eye, whose exquisiteness of architecture remains matchless, we assume evolved randomly from processes over millions of years.
Even Charles Darwin, who’s theory on origin by evolution, which is a point by point repudiation of The Bible, had to admit that “To suppose that the eye could have been formed by natural selection seems, I freely confess, absurd.”
Darwin is saying in essence, ”How could this thing have evolved by chance?”
And while that is an excellent question, to bypass the entire self-healing human body containing our brain, DNA, 50 trillion cells and 20 inter-locking biological systems which give the eye any value, is what is really absurd.
How can blind chance make a seeing eye?
Well, the textbook says, “The complex structure of the human eye may be the product of millions of years of evolution.”
Is evolution really the author that deserves credit?
Kent Hovind once explained that, “Many textbooks shows the kids a couple of different eyes and it says, “Boys and girls, you might better understand how the eye might have evolved if you can picture a series of changes.” See, you have to imagine it. Evolution doesn’t take place in the world we see today. It doesn’t take place in the fossil record so you have to imagine that it happened.”
Try to wrap your brain around this: The retina of your eye is less than 1 square inch yet contains over 137,000,000 (one hundred thirty-seven million) light sensitive cells! (Photo-Creation Magazine March-May 1996 p.39
The Bible says God formed the eye. And unless you have the ability to make 137,000,000 electrical connections in less than a square inch, I’d say it’s right!
In Psalm chapter 94,”He that formed the eye, shall He not see?” God ought to get the credit for what He made!
Some surprisingly argue that poor design of the eye proves that God did not create it. They suggest for instance that the eye is poorly designed because the blood vessels are in front of the retina. That means the light has to go through the blood vessels to get to the retina. They further suggest that the octopus has a much better eye because their blood vessels are behind the retina.
We live in the air. UV light from the sun comes down right through the air, hardly slowing in transit and are burningly caustic to your retinas. And so we have blood vessels in front of the retina to protect us from UV light. Now, octopuses live in the water. Water stops UV light so they don’t need the blood vessels in front.
Feel free to swap eyes with an octopus but you’ll be blind in a few days.
We need the blood vessels in front. It’s incredibly designed!
“Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both.” Proverbs 20:12
“That a mindless, purposeless, chance process such as natural selection, acting on the sequels of recombinant DNA or random mutation, most of which are injurious or fatal, could fabricate such complexity and organisation as the vertebrate eye, where each component part must carry out its own distinctive task in a harmoniously functioning optical unit, is inconceivable. The absence of transitional forms between the invertebrates retina and that of the vertebrates poses another difficulty. Here there is a great gulf fixed which remains inviolate with no seeming likelihood of ever being bridged. The total picture speaks of intelligent creative design of an infinitely high order.” (H.S.Hamilton (MD) The Retina of the Eye – An Evolutionary Road Block.)