What Does the Universe Tell us About God?

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.

What else?

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.

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6 thoughts on “What Does the Universe Tell us About God?

  1. Just two questions: Why is the Universe so unimaginably Immense?
    And how would you explain a Gods place in the universe if An alien race was ever discovered. One that was perhaps millions if not Billions of years ahead of us?

    And one fact: We live in what scientists call “The goldilocks zone” There are an unlimited amount of “Goldilocks planets” out there and more and more are found every day. I say it’s all Luck.

  2. I don’t know the answer to the first, I could only guess. Immense depends on our perspective of course. Stephen King once mused our universe might be blade of grass in someone’s cosmic backyard. From God’s point of view, maybe it’s not all that immense? Maybe just sitting on his coffee table so to speak? But my guess is the universe is immense because it demonstrates both the power of God, the limitations of our knowledge, and in some ways, the immensity provides its own evidence that He exists.

    If an alien race was billions of years ahead of us, my first thought would be that the probabilities needed for evolution to occur and develop that fast are ridiculous and impossible. 13.6 billion years isn’t enough time even for our world to evolve, let alone have one evolve billions of years earlier. Either all of our calculations are wrong, or there would have to be a Creator, or they came from outside this particular universe.

    If aliens were found to exist as sentient beings it would be fascinating. I would be curious as to what they would say about God. If they were anything like us, it would probably depend on which alien I asked….

    Whether aliens exist or not, I still think of God as the Creator.

    The “Goldilocks” factor is just one necessary factor among billions. I would certainly think it’s possible to find all the necessary factors for an inhabitable planet somewhere else though. Like you said there’s a lot of planets. But probably not nearly as many as on Star Trek.

  3. I think God has made “power’ the word of the week. It just keeps coming up everywhere in powerful ways…
    The children’s-chat this Sunday involved a cuckoo clock…illustrating how in the last days men would be lovers of themselves, having a form of godliness but denying its power…holding it up, it sure looked like a cuckoo clock, but the cast-iron pinecone weights were not in place on the chains…form, but no power.
    Gravity is the power. No batteries, but just that invisible, unfathomable power, not only to give voice to bellows and whistles, but to set limits to the very ocean-waves.
    What powers me? What powers you? Are we empty shells?
    “Cuckoo!!”

  4. Brian :
    I don’t know the answer to the first, I could only guess. Immense depends on our perspective of course. Stephen King once mused our universe might be blade of grass in someone’s cosmic backyard. From God’s point of view, maybe it’s not all that immense? Maybe just sitting on his coffee table so to speak? But my guess is the universe is immense because it demonstrates both the power of God, the limitations of our knowledge, and in some ways, the immensity provides its own evidence that He exists.

    I think that the Immensity of the universe proves that he does NOT exist. Why would he create such a huge universe and plant us on one of the smallest possible planets? Your mention of us being on a planet in the “Goldilocks Zone” (Which scientist’s are finding more, and more of everyday.) Is intriguing. There are so many questions I could ask…..but I am tired. I will however pose one question. Why does the Bible say that the earth is only a few thousand years old? Is the Bible wrong? And if so then nothing written in it is credible.

    If an alien race was billions of years ahead of us, my first thought would be that the probabilities needed for evolution to occur and develop that fast are ridiculous and impossible. 13.6 billion years isn’t enough time even for our world to evolve, let alone have one evolve billions of years earlier. Either all of our calculations are wrong, or there would have to be a Creator, or they came from outside this particular universe.

    Ok sorry, lets assume that these aliens are only 5 Billion years more advanced than us, or even just 1 Million years more advanced, then that would mean that if there is a god he created them first, or do they have their own god?

    If aliens were found to exist as sentient beings it would be fascinating. I would be curious as to what they would say about God. If they were anything like us, it would probably depend on which alien I asked….
    Whether aliens exist or not, I still think of God as the Creator.

    There is a Theory that God was in fact an Alien. What do you think about that idea?
    The “Goldilocks” factor is just one necessary factor among billions. I would certainly think it’s possible to find all the necessary factors for an inhabitable planet somewhere else though. Like you said there’s a lot of planets. But probably not nearly as many as on Star Trek.

    HAHA A religious man mentioning Star Trek. To Quote a Favorite movie of mine.
    “The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”
    ― Carl Sagan,

  5. The goldilocks zone isn’t what I was talking about in the article and it doesn’t prove anything. I know you believe it’s a mere COINCIDENCE that our planet is made in such a way, (transparent atmosphere, geological records) that it allows us to see and discover the rest of the universe, and that it is a mere COINCIDENCE that we just so happen to have an innate desire to discover our universe, and that it is a mere COINCIDENCE that the universe is defined and explained by a mathematical system based on the number of fingers we have, and that it is a mere COINCIDENCE that our moon & sun are exactly positioned to allow us to see the corona of the sun, and that it is a mere COINCIDENCE that our planet is positioned in clear part of our galaxy so we have an almost unobstructed view of the entire universe… but I don’t believe those are coincidences.

    For me, an immense universe makes me believe in God more.

    But just for the record, why is it the aliens are always more advanced than us? Isn’t it just as likely to go the other way? Considering the statistical probabilities of spontaneous generation happening here were astronomical and life supposedly popped into existence anyway a mere 4billion years ago on the first try, seems like evolving aliens would more likely be just bacteria at the moment. Maybe an amoeba.

    Anyway, if God created an alien race, I don’t think it makes any difference when He did it. Of course, we’re totally assuming they exist in the first place. If they exist and don’t worship their Creator they’ll go to hell.

    I thought Contact, the movie was ok. I did like it where the scientist kept saying we needed to have faith in what the aliens told us, while she refused to have any faith in what God told her. That’s fairly applicable. I also liked the 30minutes of static.

    Of course, the universe IS an awful lot of wasted space to creatures as small as us. I wonder if electrons would say the same thing about wasted space?

    Carl Sagan wouldn’t have agreed with either of us. It’s irrelevant really, but if we’re going to use Sagan to make a point, then we should note he said this: “An atheist, is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence….To be certain of the existence [or nonexistence] of God seem(s) to me to be the confident extremes in a subject so riddled with doubt and uncertainty as to inspire very little confidence indeed.”

  6. Should we believe that ancient Alien Life Forms really exist?

    “A highly intelligent non human life form” = Alien

    By this definition:
    1. Have Aliens ever communicated with humans?
    2. Is God an Alien?
    3. Did Aliens design and create the marvellous Earth and Universe?
    4. Are Aliens immensely powerful?
    5. What is the Aliens purpose for the Earth and Mankind?
    6. Did Aliens design and build life with its amazingly complex DNA/RNA cell structure?
    7. Have benevolent Aliens ever visited the Earth?
    8. Are Aliens trying to communicate with us today and are we prepared to listen?
    9. Are Aliens trying to guide us in how we should live?
    10. Do these Aliens care about each one of us?
    11. Are Aliens about to step in and take over the running of the Earth?
    12. Will they ever allow the Earth to be destroyed?

    On the other hand:
    1. Are all of the Aliens united in the same purpose?
    2. Has there been a rebellious power struggle amongst the Aliens?
    3. Has there ever been a War between the Aliens?
    4. Are Humans caught in the middle of this power struggle?
    5. Is this cosmic struggle coming to a conclusive end very soon?
    6. Are some Aliens very angry and highly dangerous?
    7. Where are these rebellious Aliens now?
    8. Can these rebellious Aliens influence the way we think and act?

    Yes, I do believe that Aliens exist.

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