Intelligent Design is a term used to describe a certain point of view of many scientists and academics who study the universe or some part of it. Plus, it’s the point of view of many others who arrive at the same conclusion because of their religious beliefs. Basically, it’s the idea that there are clues in our universe indicating that an intelligence is behind it all.
For you that may be God, and of course it is for me too. Without question. Others like to go with the idea that aliens did it, and aliens put us here. Intelligent aliens are more palatable to some than God. As silly as that may sound to you or me, (understatement) don’t think for a second people aren’t willing to go there. A few prominent people have suggested it, and one major movie was built around it.
-all because the evidence that points to an Intelligence behind the Design is substantial enough to convince a lot of people.
But let’s put God in the picture for a second, and take it a step beyond. Besides just the remarkable facts of how our universe is constructed and how it came to be… what if we asked why?
In the Bible, Romans 1:20 said this about God and His creation:
“For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.”
Usually, we quote this verse and say the creation proves God exists, but really there’s more than that isn’t there? It says that through His creation we can discover God’s “invisible attributes” and His “eternal power and divine nature.”
Which leaves us with the conclusion that not only would the creation argue for the existence of God, (and this is precisely what many believe Intelligent Design demonstrates) but the creation would give us clues ABOUT God.
So what are they?
There would be some easy ones of course, like God is powerful. I mean, if you can create the power of the sun a zillion times over, you could probably beat me in arm-wrestling. Just sayin’. The immensity of the mountains, the vastness of space, the power of a lightning bolt, certainly would argue for a Creator that has a power and understanding that dwarfs us.
Well, it said something about God’s invisible attributes. The Bible mentioned nearly 2000 years ago that there must be invisible qualities to God we can’t see. “By faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s command, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible. ” -Hebrews 11:3
How cool that the Bible was right on the money, centuries before we’d discover molecules, microbes, and a literal universe that we can’t see with the naked eye. Even today, we theorize about dark matter and other “invisible” materials which we believe must exist.
But why…. why did He make the universe THIS way? It’s like asking why did God put me where I am? Why did He give me this family? Why did I marry this person and not meet someone else? (for the record, I don’t ask that one) Yeah, some think we’re all just a bunch of accidents bumping around, but if you believe in God, then it makes you wonder. Why me? Why here? Why this?
And you can apply that to the universe. Want to read some thought provoking questions and answers? Check out the Q&A page of the documentary entitled “The Privileged Planet.”
It’s cool stuff. Here’s the link.
I mean, did you know that not only is the earth’s surface the most habitable of all the planets in our system, it just so happens to have the best view and best moon to watch solar eclipses. We’ve made scientific discoveries thanks to that coincidence.
Did you know that an atmosphere which allows for complex life forms, also happens to be an atmosphere that is clear? In other words, the best atmosphere for life, is ALSO the best atmosphere for lying next to a campfire and staring at the stars. I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful.
Did you ever think about just how good the earth is at recording data? Everything from tree rings, to sediment deposits, to fossils, to polar ice, to coral reefs, etc… This is perfect planet for creatures like human beings who have this desire to figure everything out.
You can probably think of other things that might not have made the documentary.
I think it’s a whale of a coincidence that math describes the universe, that the basic number of math is 10, and humans are born with 10 fingers to count on. It’s a interesting coincidence that humans have that innate desire to figure things out, to understand how things work, to know everything… and we just so happen to be on the perfect planet to discover virtually everything.
Boy we would have been frustrated in the wrong circumstances you know.
And thus, I wonder what that says about God. Here’s my conclusion: I think God wanted us to look. God wanted us to investigate. And ultimately, God wanted us to reach out to Him.
Like the Bible said:
Acts 17:27 He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
So if you ever find yourself reaching out to God, I personally think that’s what He wanted you to do. So do it.