Intelligent design is a branch of scientific creationism which holds that the structures of the universe (such as living cells) are sufficiently complex that they could not have evolved on their own, but necessarily required a powerful, intelligent designer. I've long been skeptical of this perspective and wholly disinterested in this hyperventilated debate of human and universal origins, but now I have decisive evidence that proves that there was, in fact, an intelligent designer.
What is it? The Hebrew language. I have begun studying it this semester at Asbury and its staggering and needless complexity suggests some intentionality behind its origin. Languages are products of evolution. We see, for example, changes in English from its Anglo-Saxon origins, 11th Century Norman influences, and ongoing metamorphosis through the past centuries until today. There is a slow, steady, and gradual change punctuated by occasional epochs of rapid change (e.g. the Norman invasion, which introduced Romance characteristics) as the needs of communication have changed over time. The human need to communicate clearly and easily has shaped the development of the English tongue.
But this same need to express oneself easily has not been an influential factor in Hebrew. It has, for example, no vowels. This itself is not that serious a problem. Croatian and Czech are often lacking in vowels. But Hebrew expresses vowel intonations through a vast variety of tick marks, jots, and tittles surrounding the consonants. These are not constant, but the meaning of the different markings varies depending upon the order of the letter within the word, order within the syllable, the nature of the preceding consonant, and the following consonant, and all possible combinations thereof, as well as a number of other factors that I lack the time and patience to detail. Suffice it to say, Hebrew is so hopelessly and purposelessly complex a language that it could not have evolved on its own and must point to some greater, intelligent designer. And one with a seemingly sadistic streak.
But does the design of Hebrew call into question the moral character of God? No. Let us look at the history of the language. It only came into being after the Fall. No manuscripts survive from the Edenic period. This is not a coincidence, rather, Hebrew was created out of the wrath of God as judgment upon humanity for its rebellion, just like death, tilling the soil, and painful childbirth. It is wrong to shake our fists in outrage to God for the Hebrew language, when its existence is our just punishment for our sins. And who came to pay that punishment for us? A person whose gospel accounts are written in the far easier Greek -- Jesus Christ, our liberator from Hebrew. And in the great Fulfillment at the end of the present age, yet even this language shall be wiped away, and we shall all speak a far easier and systematic language, Klingon.