The realization of a creator [or The Creator] is NOT apathetic knowledge. In other words, when the discovery is made that we ARE created--we ARE purposed--and there is Someone out there Who is more powerful than us, then we are forced to take some ensuing actions. Few people can realize that God exists and toss that fact off to the side without investigating it further.
Of course, all those who believe in a creator are not Christians. They don't necessarily feel any conviction to live right, or to live for the "right" God. But it really bugs me when someone says that we should focus on telling people about "the love of Jesus." In reality, someone who doesn' t believe in God is NOT going to believe in God's SON. Someone who doesn't believe in the Christian definition of sin and evil is NOT going to see "a need for a Savior." Someone Who doesn't believe in a Creator Who created the entire universe will not believe in a Creator Who "created" a book filled with His words [The Bible].
Here's a few examples of works by atheists: Jesus is Imaginary; Was Jesus Gay?; Before Jesus [there was Krishna].
The simple fact is this: You can believe in a creator without believing in Jesus [being a Christian], but you can't believe in Jesus [be a Christian] without believing in the Creator.
We should note both parts of this statement:
First of all, yes, you can believe in a creator without being a Christian. That's obvious. Here's a super-short list of non-Christian belief systems that make room for a Creator, noting that MOST religions have an inherent god:
Agnosticism (doesn't know if there's a God)
In fact, before recent times (the last 300 or 400 years, let's say), it was majoritatively conceded that God, Who created, existed. But we know that much evil has always been in the world: it hasn't just been recently--since a creator was rejected--that immorality has surfaced. People have been willing to ignore the existence of a Creator (rather than deny one) or create a god of their own to be the universe's creator (rather than deny one completely).
Even today, some statistics show that anywhere from sixty to ninety percent of people (especially in America) believe in God. But, when you look at modern facts of life such as abortion, Evolution, prayer out of schools, Ten Commandments out of schools and courthouses, the push for homosexual rights, and restrictions attempting to be put on military chaplains, it can be clearly recognized that most believers in God are not Christians--or at least true ones.
That's where some people and organizations criticize Intelligent Design. Answers in Genesis, for one, which is dedicated "to upholding the Scriptures from the very first verse," doesn't like Intelligent Design for several reasons: 1.) Intelligent Design doesn't point to any particular god as Creator; 2.) Intelligent Design doesn't use or defend the Bible, but rather "discovers" God naturally; and 3.) There are some problems that Intelligent Design can't solve.
Answers in Genesis is correct on all accounts. But there are a few reasons why Christians should not abandon the Intelligent Design Movement, in my opinion.
First off, Christians should support Intelligent Design for the sake of the schools and schoolchildren. Though it's difficult, I admit that the God of the Bible should not (or at least never will be) taught in the science class--or else, yes, in the sake of American religious diversity and equality, every other god-theory would also have to be taught--unless, of course, such a vast majoritative percentage of the American population became Christian that Christianity could be taught in schools without incident . Answers in Genesis, in all likelihood, will never get into the public schools' curriculums. Their efforts are centered on getting the truth directly into the hands, minds, and hearts of students so that they can defy secular falsehoods and theories which are taught as fact. That's a noble and worthwhile endeavor, and I fully support it.
Intelligent Design, on the other hand, no matter what some atheist wants to tell you, IS as unbiased as can be expected--in other words, it is no more biased than the atheistic Theory of Evolution. Its theories, like "Irreducible Complexity," are often much more intelligent and logical than anything Evolution puts forth. Intelligent Design CAN and SHOULD get into the schools, if nothing else, than as an alternate to the Theory of Evolution. Though it's not a guarantee that children will come to Christ because of Intelligent Design, Intelligent Design is certainly a step forward from the science of atheism/secular humanism: Evolution.
Secondly, Christians should support Intelligent Design because it personifies Romans 1:20. Although the Christian has God revealed to him/her through God's Holy Word, anyone can have God revealed to them as Creator through His glorious, magnificent, complex, beautiful, designed creation. Restating what I've said before, no one can become a Christian before first believing in Christ, Who is part of the creating Trinity Godhead (John 1:1). Therefore, we can come to the conclusion that, no, Intelligent Design is not enough, but, it's a start--one of many creationist starts, but a leading, powerful, and effective one that should not be thrown away.
Thirdly, Christians should support Intelligent Design because, like in the schools, Intelligent Design can reach places where more devout biblical creationism cannot. In many intellectual circles and colleges and the like, Intelligent Design is considered and accepted before any other creation theory. Is it watered down? Yes. But perhaps the best thing for Christians to do is build up people's "tolerance" to "God-talk." Intelligent Design now, Answers in Genesis later? Maybe. It's already happening in individuals' lives; perhaps it can become commonplace on a massive scale.
Fourthly, Christians should support Intelligent Design so that Christianity won't become a "kingdom divided against itself" in yet another area. I heard one statistic the other day that said--worldwide--that there are NINE THOUSAND CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS. That in and of itself "waters down" Christianity's influence. A pie cut into nine thousand pieces does not feed and satisfy nine thousand people--it starves nine thousand. All agree that there's a Creator--however they might deviate from Scripture. But it seems that all do not agree about the way to PROVE a Creator. Though I would disagree with some ways to prove God (for instance, I would not support the "flipped a coin and it landed on heads, therefore God" method), I think the differences held between some Christians who oppose Intelligent Design and those who support it are too small, trivial, and/or reconcilable to terminate the progress which the movement has already made and is currently making.
Ultimately, the origins debate--from the Christian perspective--is all about salvation. What's the point of proving that we are created if the people who realize this don't get saved? They are lost all the same.
When witnessing to an atheist, Christians can do one of two things. If a person has already been prepared by the Holy Spirit, they can cut straight to the person's heart [conscience]; however, if the person is a staunch and hard-hearted atheist who answers every sincere attempt with "I don't believe in God, I don't believe in the Bible, I don't believe in Jesus, I don't believe in evil or 'sin,'" then first you must show that person the logic and inevitably of a Creator, since an atheist has blinded himself and scarred his conscience for the sake of denying a Creator.