Inspiration from Creation – how engineers are copying GOD’s designs

This article is from notes I made while listening to Stuart Burgess’s DVD “Inspiration from Creation – how engineers are copying GOD’s designs.” I hope you find the concepts presented as encouraging and uplifting as I did. May the Lord Jesus bless you now and always.

Job 37:14-16 commands us to consider God’s perfect works in creation:

14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

The natural world contains supreme design. It is very humbling to try to copy God’s designs. If evolution were true, engineers should not be copying nature because evolution has far more constraints (the process is step-by-step and changes must have a survival advantage). We can have no redundant beauty or elegance, nor irreducible complexity, in the process of evolution.

Bio-inspiration, on the other hand, confirms biblical creation. To take the example of the knee joint, a project I have been working on for over 20 years for the purposes of robotics and prosthetics, in terms of geometry and dimensions, in terms of concept, your knee joint is brilliantly designed. There is one caveat and that is that death and disease are due to the Fall. Bad joints are not due to bad design but to the curse.

Bio-inspiration is based on observational science, which some also call operational science. This is real science, real experiments, real wind tunnels, real dissection. In contrast, evolutionary theories are based on speculation. Beware of speculation.

Bio-inspiration shows the truth of design in nature. Nature contains irreducible designs for example the four-bar mechanism in dragonfly wings. You cannot evolve a four-bar mechanism step-by-step. You need all four bars, all four pins, together. You cannot evolve it. Four-bar mechanisms in nature are great evidence against evolution and for design – the knee joint has a four-bar mechanism, as do fish jaws and bird wings. Biologists such as Richard Dawkins don’t know what a four-bar mechanism is (a simple diagram is given below):

Diagram of a four-bar mechanism

Richard Dawkins is also not qualified in the science of design, though often he assumes the role of an expert. He is a biologist not an engineer.

The existence of a four-bar mechanism in nature gave me two big conclusions:

  1. God loves mechanical engineering
  2. There is a Creator because you cannot evolve a four-bar mechanism

The origins debate

Biblical worldview = science including God
Atheistic worldview = science excluding God

The message of bio-inspiration:

  • There is a Creator (Romans 1:20)

    “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”

  • Creation contains wonders without number (Job 9:10), so there are endless brilliant designs in the natural world that engineers can copy

    “Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.”

  • Creation contains things we cannot comprehend (Job 37:5)

    “God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.”

  • God is perfect in knowledge (Job 37:16)

    “Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?”

I don’t just believe in a Creator. I believe the Creator is the Lord Jesus Christ. All things were made through Him. I also believe that He came to this world to save sinners, to seek and save the lost, all those who will come to Him in true faith and repentance. And it is my hope and my prayer that everyone who sees this talk will not just come to believe in a Creator, but come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Thank you. Amen.

The DVD can be purchased very economically from creationsuperstore.com, costing just $12.99 when I last checked. It runs for approximately 65 minutes and is money very well spent because you will be blessed by it.

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