BUT EVIDENCE for God is not confined to the design of our bodies; it’s also spread across the heavens. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers can now precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light years away—10 times farther than previously possible. The Hubble Telescope, launched in 1990, is still sending back valuable data. During June and July of 2012, astronomers using Hubble discovered a tiny fifth moon, previously unknown, moving around the icy dwarf planet, Pluto.
Look up into the starry night sky. There are millions of stars and galaxies—all moving at incomprehensible speeds, perfectly balanced, perfectly synchronized in space—orbits within orbits, proceeding on track and on time. Who orchestrates this marvelous dance? Is it all just occurring without design or direction? No wonder the psalmist concluded that the stars speak of a glorious Maker.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heardPsalm 19:1-3
What can we reasonably conclude by looking at the intricate design and vast size of the universe?
He [God] is before all things, and in Him all things consistColossians 1:17
All creation boldly testifies: “God designed! God created!” From the perfect balance of proton and electron in the atom to the whirl of planets around the sun, we find evidence of a master plan, a Master Thinker, of God the Master Designer and the Infinite Creator.
When an anthropologist, digging in the sands of New Mexico, comes across an arrowhead that has been chiseled into shape, he immediately concludes that a Native American created the object. He will even attempt to assign a date to the arrowhead and determine the tribe to which it belonged.
No anthropologist ever argues that arrowheads got there by chance. No one has attempted to explain that lightning or wind or water could have shaped these objects. It seems perfectly obvious to everyone that a human being made them.
Yet when many scientists dig up fossils, evidence of living things from the past, they make a very different assumption. They don’t see the hand of a Creator; they assume these creatures must have been produced by the blind forces of nature, that they just naturally evolved.
The animal fossils we discover, even those buried deepest in the geologic layers, represent creatures infinitely more complex than any arrowhead. So why not draw the obvious conclusion? Someone had to create them! The Bible suggests a logical answer to the question of origins:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earthGenesis 1:1
In these simple words, “In the beginning God,” we find the answer to the mystery of life. The first doctrine recorded in the Bible is that there is a God; in fact, this first verse in the Bible tells us of His mighty act of creation. Dr. Arthur Compton, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, commenting on this verse of Scripture, once said:
For myself, faith begins with a realization that a supreme intelligence brought the universe into being and created man. It is not difficult for me to have this faith, for it is incontrovertible that where there is a plan there is intelligence—an orderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majestic statement ever uttered‘In the beginning God.’”
Many great scientific minds believe in God. The book Behind the Dim Unknown, edited by John Clover Monsma, contains 26 chapters, each chapter written by a scientific researcher who is both a specialist in his field and also a Christian. Each author emphasizes the same fundamental truth—God exists. In the words, “In the beginning God,” we find the foundation of all existence. The Bible does not attempt to prove God—it declares His existence. That God exists is proven by our own existence and also by the existence of the things we see around us. Every effect must have an adequate cause. There is design in this world, hence there must be a Designer. The things around us cry out that God designed, God created, God sustains. Only life—or its ultimate Source—produces life. The only plausible answer to the origin of the universe, this world, and human beings, according to the Bible—is God.