Our Eyes Are a Parable About Faith

Back in anatomy class we learned that, because of the shape of the lenses in our eyes, whenever we look at something, the image we see is turned upside-down before that image hits our retina. This image is then translated into neural impulses and transmitted along millions of optic nerve fibers to our brains. This means that our brains receive a picture of the world flipped on its head. But being so brilliantly designed, our brains figure out very early and very quickly that the upside-down images are not the way things really are and learn the ability to interpret them as right-side up.

This is a fascinating phenomenon that I believe contains a parable.

We Don't Believe What We See

Why this strange optical design?

Darwinian materialists' explanations, besides being on the extreme and incredible end of improbable, are narrow and hollow. They see the eye as the collaborative creation of blind chaos and unconscious natural selection. And they believe the primary evolutionary purpose of the eye is to secure us calories and copulation so our mindless genes' can survive. The eye is a result of zero imagination plus inconceivable mathematical improbabilities plus ultimate meaninglessness. This is a seriously inadequate explanatory formula for the wondrous beauty of the eye in the eye’s beholder.

No, God created the eye (Proverbs 20:12). And this opens for us a wide world of eye-wonder. He could have myriad purposes, beyond pragmatic ones, for designing our lenses to invert the image.

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