Creation Proclaims His Praise!
This past Sunday we considered the testimony of God in His Creation as it’s marvels and beauty, design and purpose, variety and symmetry lifted our hearts in praise to our Lord and Maker. As the psalmist sang, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).
Author Lee Strobel has written extensively demonstrating how the disciplines of science support the Biblical account of divine creation.
Cosmology: Science has shown and logic demonstrates: 1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause. 2. The universe had a beginning. 3. Therefore, the universe has a cause. Astronomer Robert Jastrow states, “The chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply, at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy.” This agrees completely with the Genesis account, “God said… and there was…” (Gen. 1).
Physics: The laws and constants of physics reveal astoundingly slim odds: e.g. 1. Gravity is fine-tuned to one part in a hundred million billion billion billion billion billion. 2. The cosmological constant (energy density of space) is as precise as throwing a dart from space and hitting a bull’s-eye just a trillionth of a trillionth of an inch in diameter on Earth. Over 30 other physical or cosmological parameters require a precision so exact that a “by chance” creation of a life sustaining universe becomes laughable!
Astronomy: When one considers Earth’s position in the universe, its geological and chemical processes: e.g., a sun with just right mass, light, age, distance, and orbit in just the right galaxy and location to nurture life on a circling planet, plus multiple other factors necessary for our existence…. well, as astrophysicist John A. O’Keefe of NASA comments, “It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in.”
Biochemistry: Charles Darwin once admitted, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” Yet irreducibly complex structures like cilia and bacterial flagella, must necessarily be fully present in order to function. The same is true for system of transporting proteins within cells and the complex process of blood clotting. States Biochemist Michael Behe, “…irreducibly complex systems are strong evidence of a purposeful, intentional design by an intelligent agent.”
Biology: Human DNA contains a four-letter chemical code for that individual’s construction. Stephen Meyer has shown that no hypothesis has explained how this information could appear by naturalistic means. He further states that this kind of information is always the product of intelligence. “Information is the hallmark of a mind, and purely from the evidence of genetics and biology, we can infer the existence of a mind that’s far greater than our own — a conscious, purposeful, rational, intelligent designer who’s amazingly creative.”
Consciousness: Professor J.P. Moreland sees proof of a Creator in the simple fact of human consciousness: “You can’t get something from nothing.” He asks, “How, then, do you get something totally different — consciousness, living, thinking, feeling, believing creatures — from materials that don’t have that?” But if everything started with the mind of God, he said, “we don’t have a problem with explaining the origin of our mind.”
What a wonderful world! What a wonderful God!
Content for today’s post drawn extensively from Focus on the Family, The Design Hypothesis.
To hear this past Sunday’s message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.
Link to video: I Believe / Creation Calls (6:22 min)
And here’s an interesting related audio message by Chuck Smith (52 min)