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The Word in the World

The Bible Reading Club: The Word in the World – The Case for a Creator (Psalms 19:1)

Bonus Reflection for August 5: Psalms 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

What is this text saying?

This psalm, written by King David, expresses the fact that nature itself reaffirms the existence, power, excellence and goodness of its creator: the Lord, our God.

Why is it important?

This text highlights the fact that apart from reading the Word of God or an encounter with followers of God, people can discern the existence of God merely from observing the natural world around them.  But this point of view has been under constant attack.

Since Charles Darwin published ‘On the Origin of Species’ in 1859, many scientists have suggested that it can be proven that the universe and life within it came into existence through a series of cosmic occurrences and without the involvement of a higher power.  Some have even said scientific theories of evolution and the origins of the universe have ‘killed’ God.

But the truth is that science is nothing more than knowledge and understanding gleaned from observation of the natural world.  Psalm 19:1 states that such observation should actually lead people to the belief that there is a God.  Interestingly this is happening among scientists willing to accept whatever they discover, rather than protect established findings and presuppose the impossibility of supernatural explanations.

Recent discoveries in biochemistry, genetics and geology have cast increasing doubt on theoretical possibility of macro-evolution (the transformation of one species into another) having ever occurred.  Furthermore these discoveries have added credibility to the idea that mankind and other species were created according to a master design.

How can I apply this?

First of all don’t dismiss science just because many use it as justification to speak against God.  Understand that scientific inquiry is just a tool, and it is as good or as bad as the assumptions and agendas that are employed in its use.

Second, become familiar with the scientific arguments that support the Biblical creation account, for there are many from legitimate scientists (some of whom have been converted to Christianity because of their research).  For a start, check out Lee Strobel’s “The Case for a Creator” which offers a great overview of many of these arguments and the science behind them.  You might also want to look into scientific evidence for other Biblical events, like the flood and the Exodus.

Finally, find opportunities to discuss with non-believers how the beauty, purposefulness and diversity found in nature affirms your belief in the creator.  Nature is sometimes referred to as ‘God’s second book’, because of how it’s miraculous complexity and order reveals God’s existence, dominion and character.  This too is by design, and it is both a blessing and a curse.  A blessing for those who pay heed to what nature demonstrates to them about God, and a curse to those who stubbornly refuse to listen.  So take every opportunity available to you to help non-believers see God in the abundant natural examples around us.

Romans 1:18-20 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

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