Last week I wrote about one author’s view of the origins of life and the universe through the lens of science, and how many of man’s questions (using science alone) remain unanswerable. But as I was sitting in my backyard the other day, thoroughly enjoying a beautiful spring day, it became apparent to me that there is no greater argument for God’s involvement in the creation than the beauty of the design itself.
Nature is not hodgepodge. Plants and animals are perfectly suited for their natural habitat. Colors and textures complement each other and excite the senses. Sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking in their beauty. These attributes are not the result of randomness or chance. They are the work of a master artist and designer. Why do I think that?
Because mankind was made in God’s image, and one of the attributes we inherited was the desire to create. And when we create, we think about what we are going to do. We make initial sketches. We write out storyboards. We create preliminary drafts, and then we go to work, hoping to create something that will stir others’ souls, lift their spirits, or challenge them to think. We take joy in designing a room, in painting a picture, in writing a story. And we are flawed humans.
So if we have that much joy and take that much care in our creations, how could we even think that this amazing universe and beautiful world, so perfectly made, would not be a product of divine creative thought. As the following verses state:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1
“How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.” Psalm 104:24-25
And though God has made us inquisitive and desires us to seek to understand the world He has created, we also need to realize that –– as the following verse states––we can never fully understand the mysteries of creation, and even less so if we leave God out of the equation completely.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11