Who Gave the Universe It’s Design?
What may be known about God is plain…because God has made it plain… For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20) All scriptures references are NIV.
We will begin with this Sunday’s “amusings.
A scientist approached God and said, “Listen, we’ve decided we no longer need you. Nowadays, we can clone people, transplant hearts and do all kinds of things that were once considered miraculous.”
God patiently heard him out, and then said, “All right. To see whether or not you still need me, why don’t we have a man-making contest?”
“Okay, great!” the scientist said.
“Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam,” God said.
“That’s fine,” replied the scientist, and bent down to scoop up a handful of dirt.
“Whoa!” God said, shaking His head in disapproval. “Not so fast, pal. You go get your own dirt!”
My Musings – When it comes to the origin of the universe, and the awesome wonders that it contains, the explanations boil down to what some view as irreconcilable opposing views. Those are the views of the cosmologists and those of the creationists. Cosmologists, in general, have postulated and discarded a succession of theories over the years of how it happened, except the one that makes the most logical sense. That such a magnificent design is undeniable proof of an intelligent designer of unfathomable magnitude. In a word – God. God is how it happened.
But because He cannot be explained scientifically, perhaps the “best” explanation offered by the cosmologists is given by Edward Tryon – professor emeritus of physics at Hunter College of the City University of New York. “In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time.” Creationists would offer an even more modest proposal. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
I am a creationist. I cannot and will not dismiss God. I am not a scientist, nor do I play one on TV. But I do not lightly dismiss science either. I have profound respect for it. I respect it because not only do I believe that God created the observable cosmos and the unseen forces behind what can be observed, but that He also created the scientific laws that govern them. To the extent that scientific theory and the creation account appear irreconcilable is, I believe, due to the fact that science has not yet stumbled onto the right scientific theory. But even if, for example, the “Big-Bang” theory is the correct explanation of what, some scientists (not all) may still be unwilling to accept that a divine creator was the why, the uncaused agent behind the science that caused it all. To me, this is the utmost in arrogance, the created denying the Creator’s role in creation.
In the book of Job, God confronts Job with, “who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge” (Job 38:2). God goes on to challenge Job with a series of questions such as “where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation” (Job 38:4)? And if I could be so bold, he might say to the some of today’s scientists “where were you when I gave the cosmos its design, order and governing laws, when I spoke the ‘Big-Bang’ into being?” “Surely you know, for you were already born” (Job 38:21).