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Automatic Windshield Wipers: Invented or Evolved?

Did the earth, life. and people evolve by natural processes or were they created by God?Did automatic windshield wipers evolve by natural processes operating on mistakes, or were they planned by intelligent creators? Did the earth, people, and all living organisms originate by creation or evolution?


While riding in a friend’s car, I noticed a small black box on the windshield. When I asked, he said it was a sensor that automatically turned the wipers on when it rained.

Question: How did automatic windshield wipers come into existence?

Consider Two Possibilities

Could it be that rain falling on the windshield somehow stimulated the car to respond by making wipers that turn on whenever it rained?

Who would imagine such a thing? Yet, evolution claims that the environment stimulates living things to develop whole new organs until, given enough time, all the different kinds of living things came to exist. This claims that the environment controls the evolution of the new life forms.

This makes as much sense as the idea that the windshield felt the rain and so developed automatic wipers. But consider the alternative:

Did an intelligent inventor design the automatic windshield wiper to meet a need?

We know this is what happened even if we know nothing about who invented the automatic windshield wiper. Such devices do not spontaneously develop in response to the environment but are invented by intelligent beings.

Likewise, the Bible claims that God – having unlimited intelligence and power – created all different kinds of living things. He made them with ability to adapt to their environment, but each kind of living thing remains the same basic kind as it was to begin with.

So, rain did not cause the windshield wiper to develop the ability to turn on. Instead, an intelligent inventor designed a sensor that recognizes rain and turns the wipers on. Even so, the environment does not cause organisms to develop into new organisms. Rather, living things were created by God with the inherent ability to adapt to their environment.

Scientists Are Discovering Sensors in Living Things that Initiate Adaptation.

Science magazine described a microbe that swims in water until it senses a solid surface. Then it attaches to the surface, begins to reproduce, and forms a colony.

Likewise, scientists found a kind of carp that can sense that a certain kind of predator fish lives in the surrounding water. If it senses the predator, it changes its body shape so it can swim faster and turn sharper to escape. *

Did the environment cause the microbe to evolve the ability to start colonizing or the carp to evolve a different body shape? No, each organism possesses sensors that recognize conditions in its environment that trigger an inherent ability to adapt.

This ability to sense the environment and adapt explains why there are variations in each kind of living thing. Examples can be multiplied. But such changes result, not in new kinds of living things, but simply in variation and adaptation. The organism that results is still the same kind of living thing as it was originally. The microbe was still a microbe, and the carp was still a carp.

So where did this ability come from? Just like the automatic windshield wiper, the ability to sense the environment and adapt was built into organisms by an intelligent Creator.

Genesis 1:24,25 – God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

The Bible doctrine of creation denies evolution but does not deny adaptation. On the contrary, the concept of adaptation to environment simply demonstrates the wisdom of the Creator.


*Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.; Acts & Facts. 47 (2), 1/31/2018 and 47 (3), 2/28/2018

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