Imagine a group of scientists trekking through the jungles of South America. They come to a clearing and suddenly see dozens of ancient buildings carved from stone. Though weathered by the elements, these impressive structures still retain a degree of architectural splendor and their structurally sound and aesthetic design suggest the work of an advanced society.
As the researchers stand in awe, they express an interest in identifying the people who erected the buildings, and learning more about their culture, character and civilization. The opportunity to study and understand this creative community excites the group beyond comprehension.
Except for one. One scientist voices skepticism, insisting that a combination of ice, wind and rain sculpted the stone formations over time. Despite overwhelming evidence the structures were created – as testified by their beauty and intricacy – the cynic refuses to consider that possibility.
Such a scenario sounds ridiculous, right? How could anyone with a lick of sense come to that conclusion after seeing firsthand the remnants of an advanced civilization? Yet scientists, academics, and intellectuals arrive at an equally absurd conclusion all the time – albeit on a much grander scale – when they attribute the design and creation of our bodies, the planet, and our solar system to a mix of time and happenstance.
They cling to such preposterous reasoning despite the fact that an infinite number of clues point to the presence of a Creator. From the micro to the macro, from DNA to galaxies, the world contains such incredible precision, inspired artistry, and tremendous complexity that only an all-powerful and creative God could produce it.
The Psalmist declares this truth in eloquent terms, saying: “The heavens proclaim the glory of the Lord. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world” (Psalm 19:1-4, NLT).
It is for this reason the apostle Paul says we have no excuse for coming to and knowing God. “For ever since the world was created,” he notes, “people have seen the earth and sky through everything God made (so) they can clearly see his invisible attributes – eternal power and divine nature” (Romans 1:20, NLT).
Why, then, do so many people reject the obvious and cling to the ridiculous? It’s probably a combination of intellectual pride and hostility towards God. If only they’d open their eyes and hearts to the Lord’s handiwork around them skeptics would see God’s fingerprints all over creation.
Do you deny God’s existence because you’re just too smart? Do you reject the possibility of a Creator because no irrevocable proof exists? Or maybe your faith has wavered recently or a tragedy has ignited questions about God’s presence.
Whatever the reason, let me encourage you to take a look around and allow the heavens to declare God’s glory, the earth’s complexity to testify of His handiwork, and the jaw-dropping beauty around you to proclaim His presence. Then take time to investigate and pursue this Almighty God who created the world.