|Technology is becoming more important in the daily lives of more and more people. Radios and televisions can be found in huts in the jungle. Jet airplanes fly above us and satellites orbit the earth. These are all examples of technology. Technology can relate to many different things from simple things like a clay pot, a wooden automobiles, and aircraft.
Whether a device is simple or complex, a clay pot or a jet airplane, all technology has two things in common. First, someone made it. Second, it could not possibly have been created by accident or chance. All buildings have a builder. All computer programs have one or more programmers. All paintings have a painter.
Chance does exist and some things can happen by chance. For example, chance is the force behind gambling, lotteries, and casinos, tornadoes, typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis. While chance can determine if a person wins or loses at a card game it cannot create anything new. If someone goes into a casino and is found with extra cards in their sleeves, the casino owners will know that they are cheating. If they say that the cards formed in their sleeves by chance, no one will believe them.
Chance is a powerful force but it is a destructive force. A large sign near Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia advertising a mobile phone company that took skilled workers days or even weeks to construct was destroyed by high winds in just a few minutes. Chance in the form of winds, rain, and storms could not build Angkor Wat, but without humans to maintain the buildings, eventually time and chance would reduce the famous temples to piles of rocks.
In Toul Tom Poung Market in Phnom Penh, you can find all of the parts necessary to build a motorcycle. You can find wheels, motors, seats, handlebars, chains, and more. If a tornado hit that section of the market and picked up all of the motorcycle parts and spun them around at high speed, do you think that any motorcycles could be put together from the parts that are spinning around in the air? It is obvious that no motorcycles would be created by chance and even more likely that the parts that were in good condition before
If you believe that technology can be created by chance, you can perform a simple experiment. First, take your cell phone completely apart. Second, put all of the pieces in a bag. Then, shake the bag for one year. This is chance. At the end of the year, open the bag. Will your cell phone have been put back together by chance? Or, will you have a bag full of dust and broken cell phone parts? Chance cannot create complex things but it can destroy them.
Creation of complex structures and devices requires an intelligent designer. Designers of lesser skill often copy the designs of other more skilled designers. This is why there are so many fake Loui Vitton, Gucci, and Chanel bags, clothes, and sunglasses in the markets. By imitating some design or something, even if it is with a bad motive such greed, the copying copying designer is admitting that someone else’s ideas and design are better than their own. Their own ideas and work are not good enough to sell so they must copy someone else’s work.
If the saying by Charles Caleb Colton that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” is correct, what can we learned from the following examples?
First example: Here is a quote about research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on sciencedaily.com
Everyone knows what it is like for an airplane to land: the slow maneuvering into an approach pattern, the long descent, and the brakes slamming on as soon as the plane touches down, which seems to just barely bring it to rest a mile later. Birds, however, can switch from barreling forward at full speed to lightly touching down on a target as narrow as a telephone wire. Why can’t an airplane be more like a bird? MIT researchers have demonstrated a new control system that allows a foam glider with only a single motor in its tail to land on a perch, just like a pet parakeet.
Second example: Here is another quote from the Stephanie Reitz of the Associated Press which was posted on Yahoo News.
Someday, the secrets of fireflies or glowing sea plankton could save an American soldier in battle, a Navy SEAL on a dive or a military pilot landing after a mission. That’s the hope behind a growing field of military-sponsored research into bioluminescence, a phenomenon that’s under the microscope in laboratories around the country. For university scientists who specialize in bioluminescence, an organism’s ability to illuminate with its own body chemistry, military research grants are offering a chance to break ground.
Third example: Sea living mammals such as whales and dolphins have amazing ability to hear underwater. Before noise of modern propeller driven ships, whales could hear the sounds other whales swimming up to 20,000 kilometers away. Dolphins can detect fish as small as 3 centimeters long up to 70 meters away. This greatly exceeds the capability of any human-made technology to hear underwater. Even with all of the modern SONAR equipment used by the most advanced militaries of the world, they still cannot equal the abilities of dolphins and whales to hear underwater.
Fourth example: Here is a quote from wikepedia.org about the flagellum or whiplike tail that moves cells such as bacteria.
The bacterial flagellum is driven by a rotary engine made up of protein…. The engine is powered by the flow of protons (hydrogen ions) across the bacterial cell membrane. The rotor transports protons across the membrane, and is turned in the process. The rotor alone can operate at 6,000 to 17,000 revolutions per minute (rpm).
According to Michael Behe, PhD, “the flagellum’s propeller can spin at 10,000 rpm,” which is faster than the engines of most high performance cars and it can reverse direction in only ¼ of a revolution, which is impossible for any engine
Flagella do not rotate at a constant speed but instead can increase or decrease their rotational speed in relation to the strength of the proton motive force. Flagellar rotation can move bacteria through liquid media at speeds of up to 60 cell lengths/second (sec). Although this is only about 0.00017 km/h (0.00011 mph), when comparing this speed with that of higher organisms in terms of number of lengths moved per second, it is extremely fast. By comparison, the cheetah, the fastest land animal, can sprint at 110 km/h (68 mph), which is approximately 25 body lengths/sec.
We have seen that scientists are copying the design of birds in order to improve airplanes. Researchers for the U.S. military are trying to copy the design of fireflies in order to provide better lighting for the military and the underwater listening capability of dolphins and whales cannot be equaled by the most advanced navies of the world. On the other hand, birds are not trying to imitate airplanes, fireflies are not trying to imitate electric lights, and whales are not trying to copy modern ships.
This indicates that the designer of birds, fireflies, dolphins, and the rest of the natural world is more intelligent and more powerful than the most intelligent scientists with the financial resources of the wealthiest nations. If high technology equipment such as airplanes cannot happen by chance, then even more advanced technologies found in birds, dolphins, fireflies, and bacteria could not have been created by accidental chance either. If the technology is too advanced to have been made by humans, the most intelligent living things on earth, it must have come from an even higher intelligence. God alone has the intelligence and power to be the Creator of the universe.
Genesis Chapter 1 says that God created the universe, the earth, all the living things, and humans. When we look at the evidence with an open mind, we can see that the evidence confirms that claim.
Strobel, Lee Case for the Creator, Zondervan, 2004 Page 205