Talking Point #38 – irreducible complexity

Have you ever heard of irreducible complexity?  The term was coined by Michael Behe and is best explained by considering the common mousetrap:

Picture of a Mousetrap

The Common Mousetrap

Diagram of a Mousetrap

Diagram of a Mousetrap

This simple device consists of the five essential parts shown in the diagram above: (1) a platform which holds (2) a hammer driven by (3) a spring which is restrained by (4) a hold-down bar until released by (5) a catch when the unsuspecting mouse steps on it.  It really is that simple.  Throughout the years, no one has been able to improve upon this basic design, and in fact, no improvement is necessary.  By the same token, no one has been able to create a device that does the same without all of these parts; thus proving the design’s “irreducible complexity” – its complexity (although not all that complex) cannot be reduced.  This means simply that all parts are necessary to its design; you cannot take away any one part and still have its function.  I like the way one Bible teacher put it, “The significant feature is that with only four of the five parts one cannot catch 4/5ths as many mice!”  Indeed!

What in the world does all of this have to do with a Website devoted to exposing incorrect assumptions about Isa in the Quran?  Like Dr. Hammond in Jurrasic Park said when asked how he created the dinosaurs, “I’ll show you.”

Bible stories, bible characters (including God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and Savior, and the Holy Spirit), God’s laws, and everything else written in Scripture are all irreducibly complex.  What I mean is, consider the mousetrap again and then apply that logic to Scripture – you can no more take away, nor add to, the anything in Scripture to improve its Truth and impact than you can a mousetrap to improve its efficiency.  What I mean is, what God (of the Bible) says, He means!  There is no room for man’s interpretations.  There is no grey area with God (of the Bible), and He will not stand idly by while “Christian” leaders tout “Chrislam” and lead their listeners to believe that Jesus (of the Bible) can be found anywhere in the pages of the Quran.  Jesus (of the Bible) is the Son of the God Who loves His people and longs to be with them for eternity, but more than that, longs to BE LOVED by them, by their own choosing and by their own free will.  He sent His Son to die an excruciating death on a wooden cross just to pave a path to redemption for you, and one thing He has never asked of you is that you die for Him.

Let me give you an example of a Bible story that means what it says and says what it means.  In the Gospels of Matthew and John, Jesus (of the Bible) tells us what he wants us to know about the law:

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
Matthew 5:17-18

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
John 14:15

Now apply the principle of irreducible complexity to those statements.  The principle would say that you cannot (Bible teachers, pastors, leaders, and laymen alike – listen up!), no you absolutely MUST NOT, take away any part of what Jesus (of the Bible) just said!  If you do, you aren’t left with 4/5ths of the meaning; you are left with something that does not work at all!  You are left with a couple of jumbled sentences that make no sense; nothing the church rests on and teaches contrary to this can hold water compared with these two sentences.  By the same approach, you cannot add anything to these sentences.  Jesus (of the Bible) didn’t add any caveats to them; He didn’t say that perhaps some of the law would be set aside for His “church” or that His “church” could somehow get by without obeying His commandments (which, by the way, proves that Jesus is God – it was God that gave the commandments, right?  See Exodus 20:1).  No, Jesus (of the Bible) said what He meant, and He meant what He said.  Has all been fulfilled?  Nope.  Therefore, nothing about the law has passed; it is all still relevant and is for you if you claim to be His.

We’ve only examined two verses from the Bible…you can safely apply the principle of irreducible complexity to all others as well.  In fact, if you don’t you aren’t truly following and trusting in Him but you may be guilty of creating your own god.  Be very careful with things like that!

Okay…but what about the Quran and Isa?  The Quran and its characters are no different.  The same principle applies.  Although he wants you to believe (very much!) that he is the same god as the God of the Bible, Satan has written the Quran in just as much a black-and-white state as Yehovah God (of the Bible) has written the Bible.  He too says what he means and means what he says.  He hates you!  He wants nothing to do with love.  He wants no part of your devotion except to the extent that you will die for him and he can bask in the delight that he wrestled one more from God (of the Bible) and caused another person that God (of the Bible) loved to suffer the same eternal damnation that he himself suffers.  He doesn’t care anything about the murder bomber (the main stream media would call them suicide bombers, but their objective is not suicide, it is murder) that blows up innocent people as long as he does it and then brings with him all those who had not yet accepted Jesus (of the Bible) as Lord and Savior.  He has written a book called the Quran that clearly and utterly states his purpose as a god and it has NO RESEMBLANCE to the book written by God (of the Bible).  In the Quran, Satan clearly writes about the character named Isa and he explains the differences; all we need do is to pay attention and to swat away (like a pesky fly) the notions of groups like “jesus in the Quran” and others who would have you believe that jesus (in the Quran) is the same as Jesus (of the Bible).  Here are some examples (covered in other Talking Points in this site more thoroughly):

Isa was born under a palm tree

Isa was not crucified

Isa was not the son of the god of the Islam

And many others – we could be here all day … see Talking Point #6 for a thorough list, or get a copy of the Quran and see for yourself

These black-and-white differences prove that Isa was not Jesus (of the Bible).  Let’s face it, God (of the Bible) did not write the Quran and, therefore, the character named Isa has no connection to Jesus (of the Bible).  The stories and characters in the Quran have the same irreducible complexity as do those in the Bible; the theory proves that they all stand on their own merits.  The Quran has an evil merit from a god who wants you to die for him.  The Bible has a good merit that offers you salvation through a God Who died for you.  You decide; you choose.

The God of the Bible is not the same as the god of Islam, and…

Jesus is NOT in the Quran!

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