Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 27, 2015

Mystery Structure Casts Doubt on Evolution

Look at this picture. What in the world could it be?
See if you have any ideas, before reading the answer below the picture.

Even if you have no idea what this picture is, you probably recognize design and purpose in the hardware components pictured here.

From what assembly do you think this hardware came?

Scientists and non-scientists alike recognize design in these components, even if they don’t know the purpose. Yet inexplicably evolutionary scientists look at DNA, and they conclude DNA was not deliberately designed by an intelligent agent, but rather developed accidentally through random natural processes!

How can someone recognize intelligent design in one of the simple brackets in the picture but refuse to see it in the most complex information system in the universe (DNA)?

On a recent camping trip I rescued an assembly that someone had discarded. The structure had lots of well-seasoned wood that I planned to use for firewood as well as components I planned to re-purpose for other projects.

What was the mystery structure that I rescued and re-purposed whose hardware components are pictured above?

I completely disassembled the structure in order to make it easier to burn and free up the pieces and hardware I wanted. As I did so, I was impressed with how complex the entire mechanism was, and how many creative ideas were needed to construct such a useful device.

So what was the mystery structure that I rescued and re-purposed?

. . .

It was a ceiling trapdoor with a fold-down attic ladder.

Open Attic Ladder

Open Attic Ladder

The picture above shows most of the hardware that I removed from the ladder assembly. The pictured hardware plus lots of screws, nails, rivets, and rods and many precisely shaped wooden pieces made up the fold-down attic ladder.

Now imagine throwing some taconite (iron ore) and logs into a huge cement mixer and let it churn and tumble for a million years. Will it ever produce the components needed for an attic ladder assembly?

Obviously not. An intelligent creator is needed to properly shape all the components.
(By the way, no one alive today can design and build a machine that will work for a million years.)

Suppose I give you a big boost and let you throw in the hardware in the picture and all the properly shaped boards and turn the mixer on. Will you ever get an attic ladder?

Obviously not. An intelligent creator is needed to fit the components together to accomplish the desired purpose for the assembly.

Now an attic ladder is trivial in complexity compared with a living cell which is itself elementary compared with a fully functioning organ like a liver, kidney, or brain. And one organ is much simpler than an entire living animal or human.

So why believe that a cell, organ, or organism can develop itself accidentally?

If you can’t get an attic ladder with a cement mixer, then you certainly can’t get a living being through evolution.

The attic ladder casts major doubt on the theory of molecules-to-man evolution.

There must be an intelligent designer for life. Who is it?

The Intelligent Designer is Yahweh, the Creator God of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What guesses did you come up with for the hardware in the mystery picture?
  2. Describe an occasion when you came across a tool, device, or mechanism for which you did not know the purpose, but you were certain it was designed by someone.
  3. How do your unbelieving friends explain away obvious design in nature?
  4. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday May 27, 2015 A.D.

It is the Lord of hosts who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding He stretched out the heavens. (Jeremiah 51:15)


  1. I thought the hardware belonged to a garage door assembly, not too far off, but wrong. Great lesson. God bless us.


    • Your guess was close, but garage doors have much larger springs. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Liked by 1 person

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