When I was studying to become a doctor, I was always presented with the facts. I grew up believing that science was the only thing that could explain the miracle of life. However, I was introduced to a different theory when I met Dr. Stanley Hand. He is a pediatric opthamologist that I shadowed for a time during my studies. Dr. Hand is a Christian, and during this time I was not a man of faith. Dr. Hand and I had a quick exchange that opened my eyes to the idea of creative design. In Chapter 11 of my autobiography “From Darkness to Sight,” I share the story of this conversation:
“Do you see that car outside?” he asked, pointing through a nearby window to the parking lot outside.
“What is the difference between a car and a human brain?” he asked.
“The human brain is infinitely more complex,” I said.
“Do you think a random collection of scrap metal could assemble itself into a car?”
“Of course not!”
He leaned in, looking at me intently. “Then how about the human brain?”
This comment shocked me. I had never thought about the extraordinary idea that the human brain could have simply assembled itself. A car is a complex machine that was created with intelligent design. At this moment, I realized that if I believed that the human brain is infinitely more complex than an automobile, than the human brain must have been designed by something more than mere chance.
This conversation was the first glimpse that I was given to the Christian faith and I have never looked back. Sometimes the smallest conversations can enlighten us on new ideas that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives.