Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Intelligent Design of Creator God – Part 2

Today, I received a letter from the president of Illustra Media, Jack Dabner with a message explaining why they produce these wonderful "faith-based" nature documentaries as their ministry and vocation for the Lord. He writes: "While opinions about our worldview will continue to spark lively debate, I've always found it interesting that the response to one facet of our film-making has remained remarkably constant. Both our harshest critics and our most avid supporters have recognized that we pour an enormous amount of effort into creating documentaries that embody high production values (specifically, photography, animation, music, editing and writing). It is very important to us, and the reason becomes more obvious every day. We are engaged in a philosophical war. A battle for human hearts and minds. As a ministry, we at Illustra Media are committed to presenting the most important truth in the universe: there is a God who created everything that exists, and He cares deeply about our eternal destinies. There are many who oppose this truth, including some of the most gifted and technically proficient film-makers in the world. 

Job 38:1-7 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

Let me explain. The majority of science and wildlife documentaries (those that are reaching the largest audiences) are often based upon the theory of Darwinian evolution and the belief that every living organism is the product of blind, undirected evolutionary processes. Within such parameters, there is no need for God. National Geographic, the BBC, and the Discovery Channel virtually "own" the science/nature film genre. Their work is technically brilliant, featuring spectacular photography, innovative animation, and outstanding music. These documentaries are powerful vehicles that have touched millions of lives with a false and dangerous conclusion about the origin of life. Much of this impact is the result of effective presentation – not scientific facts. “any film that looks and sounds good must be true … right? Recently, a friend shared a personal experience that hammered home the consequences of this unfortunate reasoning. My friend had been asked to speak to a man who had renounced his life-long faith in God. His rejection was triggered by a BBC documentary on recent discoveries in the fossil record that purportedly confirmed the evolution of human beings from apes … it all started with a “well produced” science film he saw on television. The atheistic evolutionists deceptively omit the evidence that undermine their anti-Creator God theory to deceive the world.

Isaiah 45: For this is what the Lord says—he who created the heavens, he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—he says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”

Dabner continues: “This story both saddens and motivates us at Illustra Media. If we are to successfully respond to those who oppose our message, our films must incorporate the highest professional standards. If they appear amateurish or quickly thrown together, it is a terrible reflection on the truth we are attempting to share. To ensure this doesn't happen, we pour thousands of man-hours into each of our productions because we the quality of our presentation plays a major role in the world’s perception of our message. We are now several months into the production of “Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth. We’re very excited about the potential of the new documentary. It’s loaded with more compelling evidence of Creator God’s Intelligent Design - God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. Wherever our film crew are filming today, you can be sure they’re giving everything they have to produce a documentary that will match up to the highest technical standards you’ll see on PBS or Discovery Channel any night of the week … but with a vastly different worldview.

Psalm 150:6Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!”

In Christ, Brian

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