Is there a God? Does it matter? Part 1

In Romans 1 it makes the claim that we can look at creation and see evidence for God!  Can you believe that?

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

When you see the phrase, “Eternal Power”  in the original language it is the word “Dunamis” it is where we get the word “Dynamite.”  It means when we look at creation we can see powerful, explosive, miraculous characteristics that point god-like creator.

  • Detail and Design:  You could talk about the brain, eyes, hearing, plants, animals, but scientist have found there is even complex design in something as simple as our tears.

‘Tears aren’t simple. They’re complex creations of water, mucins, oils, and electrolytes; they also possess some protective bacteria-fighting substances that help reduce our risk of getting eye infections. Their functions are many and essential. For the cornea, they provide a smoother optical surface, so that our vision remains clear; they also help keep the cornea properly moisturized and rich in oxygen. For the eye in general, tears also act as “wiper fluid”, allowing the eyelids to wash the eye free of debris with every blink.’

Sure, some will push back and say, “Those things happen by chance, natural selection, or genetic mutation over years.”  But, not only do we see detail and design, we also see consistency and regularity when we look at creation.

  • Consistency and Regularity:  Every day you wake up you see the sun, there is the gravitational pull of the moon, the boiling temperature of water, gravity so we don’t float off into space.  These things are regular and constant, and if some of those things were off on the smallest level then we could implode or explode.

Does this prove the existence of God?  No, but it does force us to ask questions like, “How did that happen?  Where did the design / detail come from?”  Sure, it could have happened by chance, but that response would be inconsistent with every other experience we encounter in life.

When we go to the movies we aren’t under the impression the actors, props, scripts, and directors just happened to fall together to make a movie, unless it is by Michael Bay. Isn’t it possible these things are regular and consistent because we have a divine sustainer who keeps the world operating the same way for us to live and work with consistency and regularity?

The second phrase is, “Divine Nature.” It is a word to describe something that is knowable and personable like mercy, love, patience, peace, character, grace, or beauty, therefore, we have to ask, “Are there any indicators of Divine Nature when we look at creation?”

  • Moral Compass:  Moral Compass that seems to be present in all civilizations throughout history.  Some people will hear this and say, “I don’t believe in a moral code.  They are simply subjective and develop over time based on their cultural context.”

But, if we have evolved throughout history purely by chance, then why are humans the only ones with these traits?  Why doesn’t the fox walk past another fox den and think,, “Man, they have a really nice den!  I need work on my curb appeal!”  Why doesn’t my dog Dignan stress out about his bad breath, or work harder to quiet down his bark and be more sensitive to others?  If we are so similar to the rest of nature how come we seem so different?

Do I think these questions give us evidence for a belief in the existence of God.  No, it doesn’t prove the existence of God.  We aren’t going to see God walking down the street eating a hot dog.  But, it also doesn’t mean we are relying on fuzzy warm feelings, myth, or what part of the world we were born in to come to these conclusions.