26th January 2017

Darwin’s Eye Dilemma 

“Ears that hear and eyes that see—the Lord has made them both.”
Proverbs 20:12 (NIV)

In 1859 Charles Darwin wrote that to believe the eye occurred by random evolution was, “I freely confess absurd in the highest degree.” Ernst Mayr, the late Evolutionary Biologist, has also recently conceded that “it is a considerable strain on one’s credulity to assume that finely balanced systems such as certain sense organs (the eye of vertebrates) could be improved by random mutations.”

It is an extremely finely balanced process when a photon of light strikes the retina, the light-sensitive membrane of the eye, which is really part of the brain and contains over 126 million photoreceptor cells. These photoreceptor cells do an immense amount of work in the millionths of a second from when they receive light.

Are you ready to be blinded by science?!! Bio-chemists have now found that 15 chemical reactions occur, each one of which has to work for us to be able to have sight. Could these really be 15 random mutations? There are also three absolutely tiny eye movements recently discovered, called tremors, drifts, and saccades (jerks). These are made by six minute extra muscles outside each eyeball. This is part of resetting the original signal down the optic nerve, otherwise a fixed image would fade from our sight. Tremors reset the image about 50 times a second by rotating the eye by just one thousandth of a millimetre. Drift moves the eye slowly off target, then jerk takes it back several times a second to the original target. The brain has to compute and control all this in nanoseconds.

I could go on about the wonderful eye—how it has windscreen washers and wipers, auto focus and auto aperture, emergency shutter mechanism, binocular distance measurement facility, tracking and, of course, colour. Our Creator God has given us so, so much!

Our Great God, we are each one of us a walking miracle of your design, and so lovingly put together. No wonder our Lord Jesus told us in so many ways to please, please love one another, that in this way people will know that we are His disciples indeed.

Study by Michael Dandridge


About the Author:
Michael Dandridge attends the Southampton Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
Taunton’s College
Hill Lane

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Noon
Email: peter_noon@wcg.org.uk

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One Response to “26th January 2017”

  1. John Magowan on January 26th, 2017 5:27 pm

    Very interesting material about the human eye, Michael. Our friend, Richard Dawkins and his atheist colleagues would do well to meditate on these facts and have a change of mind! Many thanks for sharing.

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