Lesson for Sunday, May 3, 2020
Assembled by Don Henderson
Written by John Clayton
The following lesson is taken from “Does God Exist” by John Clayton, who is a once atheist scientist who saw the LIGHT!!
Gen Chap 3
Maybe the first mention of “eyes”
“God knows when your eyes are opened, you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Read chapter 3: 1-7
You cannot see without light. Gen 1: 1-5 God said: “Let there be light!”
The Miraculous Light Spectrum
Anyone who examines the human eye carefully and investigates how we see has to be impressed with the incredible design
of the eye. Many people fail to realize that the light that the eye sees is also an incredibly designed physical creation. Just
explaining what light is and how it can have both wave properties and particle properties fills a lot of pages in most physics
books. Light has frequency which lets it do things waves do such as diffraction and interference. It also has mass when it
travels which disappears when it stops, allowing light to produce electricity from certain crystals and travel through a vacuum.
The thing that is miraculous about light is that it has all of these properties which allow it to do things that would not seem
possible to most of us. Photons of light have different energies which allow light to do different things. The different colors
that we see are because light has different energies--red light being lower energy than blue. Our eyes have special
structures called cones which allow us to see colors--something most animals do not possess (just birds, some insects, and
apes). The beauty of our world can be seen because of the different energies of light that surround us. The rainbow is
caused by different energies of light interacting in different ways with drops of water in the atmosphere.
Our eyes only see a very small percentage of the light that is around us. Radio waves have a much lower energy than what
our eyes see. The lower energy means that radio waves can pass through things like the walls of our homes which visible
light cannot do. This means that we can turn on a radio inside our home and receive the radio waves that operate our
televisions and radios. Microwaves are also light--again outside of our ability to see. These waves can cause water molecules
to pick up energy without changing anything else in the material the water is in, and this allows us to cook our food. X-rays
are higher in energy than what our eyes can see, and their energy allows them to pass through our bodies and show things
we cannot see with our naked eyes alone. Gamma rays are even higher energy than X-rays and can be used to treat cancer
and make measurements. Infra-red heats us, ultraviolet tans us, and special very long waves can be used for
communications. If our eyes could receive all of the light around us, it would do little good to close our eyes. Even with our
eyes closed, we would see a jumble of light waves, including radio, TV, X-rays, microwaves, etc. Some animals can see in
these other parts of the light spectrum. Rattlesnakes can see in the infrared so, on a totally dark night, the snake can see a
rat because of the heat which the rat's body emits. The way animals use light is incredible, but it is even more remarkable to
consider the nature of light itself and what it has to be like to allow all of these uses to be made. When the Creator said, "Let
there be light," there was a statement of the start of a truly remarkable creation which sustains the entire physical cosmos in
which we live.
Our lesson today will be about and how magnificently our body is designed thus providing evidence for the
existence of God. A look at just a few parts of the body, like the eye; to show that God Exists. How else could
such a fantastic design come into existence? By accident? I think not.
John Clayton of “Does God Exist” has been saying since 1968 that the greatest challenge to the Church would not be
doctrinal issues of “baptism” and such like, but rather whether God exists. In recent years, his prediction has certainly been
fulfilled. Brother Clayton has spent almost 40 years giving evidence that God does exist.
Those not wanting to believe in a God look for anything; however small, to discredit the existence of a supreme being.
Remember: Get the plank out of your own eye, before you start trying to the spec out of you brother’s eye.
Jesus used a rather comical analogy that has relevance to the time in which we live. Jesus was talking about the
inconsistency involved in trying to pick at a minor issue when there was a major issue radically affecting your ability to
function. "Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or
how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou
hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy
brother's eye" (Matthew 7:3-5).
A mote in the original language was a small irritation--a splinter. The beam would be something like a 2x4. Visualize someone
trying to remove a splinter from someone else's eye when they had a 2x4 sticking out of their own eye. The extremism of the
comparison would have made the ancient Jewish listeners laugh, but in our day the extremism is accepted as normal. Our
society staggers from the results of sexual promiscuity, the breakdown of the home, substance abuse, and numerous other
maladies which the Bible offers solutions to. Our population stands around pointing fingers at one another so as to affix
blame. Biblical principles are rejected because of the perception that there are errors in the Bible or uncertainties in how its
principles should be applied. We are the reverse of what Jesus said. Because we think we see a mote made of uncertainty or
flaws in the Bible, we reject the beam of solution to our problems. We are missing the beam because of the mote! John
A look at the amazing eye
AN ACCIDENT? I THINK NOT
Some properties of the eye that make it unique
• Design in nature demands a designer.
Chemistry of sight by Robert Harsh Cross
• Light enters the eye through cornea and lens, bends to focus on retina.
• Lens and cornea have no blood vessels; they are nourished by aqueous humor, absolutely clear
• Cornea is 7 layers thick, outside is sensitive to pressure
• This allows for split-second blink, which may save eye from damage
• Cornea is made up of specially arranged collagen fibrils that permit light to pass through without scattering
• Lens is flexible
• The iris and pupil control the amount of light that goes to the retina, while the lens fine tunes
• Light is captured by photo receptor cells (rods and cones)
• Each eye has 6.5 million light sensitive cones (for color) and 125 million rods
• Compare this to a computer screen- has ½ million light sensitive spots (pixels)The size of one photo receptor
cell in a computer screen is 2 microns
• The optical resolution of the human eye is 2 microns….Coincidence??
Darwin said: “To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for
admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical aberrations, could have been formed by natural
selection, seems, I must freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”
Solomon agrees in:
Prob. 20:12- “Ears that hear and eyes that see; the Lord made them both”.
MORE UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE EYE
• Covering of the eye called the cornea is and incredible example of complex design
• Has to be perfectly clear to allow light to pass through
• It is exposed to air which contains pollen, dust, chemicals and etc
• It has to withstand blows and fit to a curving surface full of fluid which maintains pressure of the eye
Marty Gilliam, a mechanical engineer from Alabama reports about what happens if it gets scratched and can heal without
If you cut your skin, the cut heals from the bottom up, thereby scar
tissue is formed. Not so with the eye. When the cornea experiences a
scratch, the cells of the separated walls move toward one another, and
close the scratch or cut, therefore no scar tissue is formed. If scar
tissue formed every time we scratched our corneas, by the time we were
middle-aged we would be looking through many cloudy lines. Another dandy
design from the Designer!
Myths About Vision Loss
Myth: Safety goggles are more trouble than they are worth.
Fact: There are 500,000 eye injuries every year in the USA. 50% of these accidents occur at home. The leading cause of
blindness in children is eye injury. 90% of injuries can be avoided by using proper eye protection.
Myth: There is no need to have your vision checked before you turn 40.
Fact: There are treatable eye diseases; glaucoma is one of them, which can show up before you turn 40.
Myth: Wearing poorly fit glasses damages your eyes.
Fact: The right eyeglass prescription is required for good vision. Poor fitting glasses do not damage your eyes.
Myth: Poorly fit contacts do not harm your eyes.
Fact: Poorly fit contact lenses can damage your cornea. If you use contact lenses, have them checked regularly.
Myth: Eating carrots will improve your vision.
Fact: Carrots are high in Vitamin A, which is important for a balanced diet. Eating carrots or other foods high in Vitamin A will
not improve your vision. Taking large amounts of Vitamin A can be very harmful. People that do not eat a balanced diet can
develop vision problems along with other problems as they age.
Myth: Sitting close to the television will harm your eyes.
Fact: There is no evidence that sitting close to the television will damage your eyes. If this were true, office workers that sit 8
hours a day 17 inches from their computer screens, would all be blind. Sit wherever you are most comfortable when watching
TV. REAL REASON: DAMAGING LIGHT RAYS
Myth: Doctors can transplant eyes.
Fact: Doctors can transplant the cornea, but not the eye its self. The retina and optic nerve are part of the brain. When
doctors figure out how to transplant the brain, they will be able to transplant the eye.
Myth: Scientists have created a Bionic Eye.
Fact: Scientists have been working on a microchip to replace damaged retina cells in a person's central vision. Other
scientists have been trying to figure out a way to connect a camera directly to the brain. The eye and the brain do not work
the same way a camera and computer do. Even after someone figures out how to make a bionic eye, they still have to figure
out how to connect it to the neural circuitry of the brain. What they have created so far is a crude form of vision consisting of
several dots of light.
Myth: Reading in dim light will damage your vision.
Fact: Reading in dim light can make your eyes feel tired. It is not harmful and cannot damage your vision.
Myth: Eye exercises will improve your vision.
Fact: Eye exercises will not improve your vision. This myth has made many people wealthy. Rolling your eyes around has no
effect on your vision.
Myth: It is not harmful to look at the sun if you squint or use dark glasses.
Fact: The sun's ultra-violet light will still get to your eyes, damaging the cornea, lens and retina. Never look directly at a solar
eclipse. The direct light from the sun can blind a person in less then a minute.
Myth: You can cure a black eye by putting a raw steak on it.
Fact: Putting a steak on your eye will do nothing except expose your eye to any organisms living on the raw meat. Get
immediate medical attention, a black can be a sign of serious eye injury.
Myth: You can wear your eyes out by using them too much.
Fact: You cannot wear your eyes out by using them. Cutting down on reading or close work, will not help or harm your
Myth: Doctors can only remove cataracts after they ripen.
Fact: Cataracts, unlike fruit, do not "ripen." It is up to you, and your doctor, to decide when to remove a cataract. Most people
have them removed when the decrease in vision starts bothering them.
Myth: Blind people have a sixth sense or extra ordinary talents.
Fact: Most People with (20/20) vision do not pay much attention to their other senses. Blind people have worked hard to
develop their other senses to compensate for their vision loss. There is no sixth sense.
Myth: Blind people live in a world of total darkness.
Fact: Only a small percentage of Legally Blind people see nothing at all. Darkness is the eye telling you that there is no light
on. People who are (totally blind) do not have the ability to see light, or darkness. They see nothing at all.
Myth: Strong enough glasses will help anyone who is visually impaired.
Fact: Refractive lenses (glasses) cannot correct all visual impairments. Glasses cannot fix eye conditions that involve the
retina, optic nerve, or brain.
Myth: A dog-guide knows how to get its master where he wants to go.
Fact: The blind person knows where they are going, and how to get there, not the dog.
Scripture containing eyes and vision
Acts 1: 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their
II Cor 4: 13-18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but that which is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is
unseen is eternal.
2nd Cor 5: 1-10
7. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the
Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear
before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether
good or bad.
1 pet 3:12-18
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against
those who do evil.
18- I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called
you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints and his great power for us who believe.
Heb. 12: 1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us run with perseverance the race
marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured
the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Rev. 7: 17 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.