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The Religion Of Evolution

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“You shall not pervert judgment, you shall not respect someone’s presence, and you shall not accept a bribe, for the bribe will blind the eyes of the wise and make just words crooked.” – Devarim 16:19

The Jewish nation as a totality was given the mitzvah of appointing judges. These judges were commanded to mediate with righteousness according to the Torah’s laws. One of the rules of a judge is that he may not accept a bribe because a “bribe will blind the eyes of the wise.”

Rashi is bothered by a question: the Torah already commanded the judges to rule honestly with the expression “Do not pervert justice.” There is no need for a second prohibition against accepting bribery. The purpose of a bribe is to cause the judge to ignore the truth and change the verdict. That is certainly included in the requirement of not perverting justice. So why does the Torah issue a prohibition specifically warning judges not to accept bribes?

Rashi answers that the prohibition of not accepting bribery refers even to cases in which the judge fully intends to rule fairly. If a shofet plans to accept a bribe but not to allow it to influence his decision, the Torah forbids him from doing this. The nature of bribery is to pull his heart, and it is impossible to remain unbiased once he has received a bribe. The Torah is teaching us that even if he wants to judge honestly, it will be impossible for him to do so because once he accepts a bribe, against his will he will favor the one who bribed him.

This Rashi is difficult to understand. Assuming we are dealing with an experienced, skilled judge who is well-versed in law and the proceedings, why can’t he accept a bribe and still judge honestly? The facts are the facts. Either the man is guilty or innocent. Either he owes the money or he doesn’t. Why can’t a judge make up his mind that the money is the money, but I will not allow this to affect my ruling in this case?

The answer to this question can best be understood with a mashal. Imagine that you find yourself in a junkyard in the backwoods of Tennessee. You look around and see piles and piles scrap: old refrigerators, a rusted-out stove top, entire cars demolished. Everything is all strewn about without any order. Then suddenly you see something out of place: a brand new Dell laptop computer – red color, no less. You pick it up and you see that it is unscratched and in perfect working order. You turn to the owner of the junkyard, a rather primitive fellow, and innocently ask, “Where did this come from?”

“Oh,” he responds. “I don’t know if you all heard, but we had us some fierce winds here last night.”

“Fierce winds?”

“Yeah, some real gusters. I come this morning and things are all blown about. Then I sees that there computer. I rightly figure that them winds just blew the pieces together.”

You look at the fellow incredulously and ask, “The wind blew the pieces together? Sir, I don’t mean to be rude, but there is a monitor and a fully functioning mouse. I turn it on, and the fan kicks in. And the keyboard! How do you explain the keyboard? Look at it, QWERTY, in perfect order!”

This is a very apt parable. We will have conversations with intelligent, well-educated people who will tell you that the world evolved. Everything that you see – from the flower to the bee, from the oceans to the mountains, rivers, planets, the sun, the moon and the stars – all just sort of happened. No designer. No creator. It just began with a Big Bang and all of the wonder of this infinitely complex world came into being. The uniformity, the complexity, the harmonious systems, the universal laws of physics, just happened. A lucky roll of the cosmic dice and a hundred billion galaxies, each one containing a hundred billion stars, appeared out of nowhere.

These same people who tout evolution as a religion are also aware that life has exact rules. The simplest amoeba is far more complex than any machine ever devised by man, and a human baby is infinitely complex than an amoeba. The trillions and trillions of cells of the body are all specific, all organized into organs and systems with each one perfectly in place, each one playing its part. Every cell in the human body is directed by DNA coding. The question is, how can any thinking person possibly think that this just evolved? Who wrote the code?

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7 Responses to “The Religion Of Evolution”

  1. If we had evolved from apes, as some who believe in evolution claim, then why is it written in Genesis 2 verse 20"And Adam gave names to all cattle and fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found an help mate for him" therefore the religion of evolution is a lie. and is it not written "therefore G-d send them great delusion that they should believe "the lie".

  2. Cookie Jar says:

    Rabbi Shafier, you either have no understanding of evolution, or are assuming none of your readers do.

    Here are some relevant links for you:
    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Argument_from_design
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkyard_tornado

  3. John Sanders says:

    Or the verse is a lie…

  4. why cant i share t his

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