That, my friends, is from the first sentence in a college textbook my son purchased for a class on how chance can work such wonders as the human voice. If you don’t believe me, get yourself a copy of Your Voice: An Inside view 3: Voice Science & Pedagogy by Scott McCoy. On second thought, just believe me. It’s not surprising, is it, because according to the secularist, materialist, Darwinian view of reality, everything is a product of chance—every single thing. Now, if you’re a Christian, or any person with a shred of common sense, you will realize the absurdity of “evolutionary science.” Yet, the dominant narrative of the secular West is that chance can in fact explain every single thing. Not things created by human beings, mind you, because we know chance can’t create anything, not pencils or computers or cars or glasses or tables or anything. Things that humans create have function and purpose, obviously, and we know they are designed and made with a specific end in mind, a telos (purpose), or as Aristotle called it, a final cause. Let’s looks at Aristotle’s four causes, or why things exist:

  1. Material Cause. What does a thing come from? The material cause of a table is the wood used to make
  2. Formal Cause. What is it? The formal cause of the table is the idea of the table in the mind of its maker. The idea has to exist in the mind before it potentially exists.
  3. Efficient Cause. What is the means by which it comes to be? The one who makes the table is its efficient cause.
  4. Final Cause. What is its purpose or end? The final cause or purpose of a table is to place things on it.

As we can see, Aristotle was a smart fellow. He knew chance, or random accidents of atoms smashing into one another for no reason at all can’t “create” anything, let alone the human voice. A college textbook, however, implies that chance is the creator of the human voice (it doesn’t affirm chance, only that “evolutionary science” claims chance is the voice’s “creator”). When the book arrived, the first thing my son did was bring it to me and laugh at the absurdity of that first sentence. The reason is because all of his life, and the lives of each of my children, I’ve programmed them, taught them, drilled it into them, that all of reality proclaims the glorious reality of our Creator God! It’s such a no brainer we marvel that any intelligent person could hear the human voice and not hear God. As I’ve taught them, the reason people reject the glaringly obvious is that it has nothing to do with intelligence. Some of the smartest people on earth are the dumbest. What explains it then?

From the Christian perspective the answer is simple, and it’s found in Genesis 3 and what we call the fall. The sinful inclination that cuts through every human heart is Satan’s temptation to Eve. His approach was evil genius. First he question’s God’s character, asking Eve with a blatant falsehood, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” This was so obviously untrue that Eve had to reply with what God actually said, that it was only one tree, in the middle of the garden; you eat from that tree, you die. Then Satan drops the hammer:

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The brazenness of it is impressive. I always wonder where Adam was when I read this. He doesn’t protect his wife or warn her or somehow prepare her for this assault? Obviously not. In fact, when she saw how pleasing the fruit looked and ate it, she gave some to Adam, “who was with her, and he ate it.” No questions asked. Big mistake! From that moment on, the fault line that runs through every sinful human heart is the soft Satanic whisper, “you will be like God . . . .” And before we Christians get cocky and think how stupid can someone be to believe the human voice is a product of mere chance, we must realize we hear the soft Satanic whisper too, and too often succumb to it. Thankfully, because the Holy Spirit of God lives in us, we are convicted of such stupidity, and repent. And as Luther said, daily repentance is the Christian life.

When you think of the human voice, when you hear it, you need to realize how staggering it is in its complexity. It is a marvel of exquisite design engineering. How can it be that of the seven billion people on earth, every voice is distinctly identifiable and different than every other voice? The same design, the same materials, and yet it produces uniqueness. Yeah, chance, that’s it! And think of the great voices, the memorable voices, the voices we can’t forget. Winston Churchill, “We shall never surrender!” Franklin Roosevelt, “December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy.” Sinatra singing Fly Me To the Moon, or Elvis singing Hound Dog,  or Nat “King” Cole singing anything. Or Ella and Louis singing Dream a Little Dream of Me. Yeah, I don’t know about you, but I’m going with chance!


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