One way to determine whether if God really exists is to apply this well-established principle: What is made requires a maker. The more complicated the thing made, the more capable the maker must be.
Some people may find it easier to deny God’s existence than to accept his will for their lives. Yet, no matter how much a person may lie to themselves, the existence of God is all around us.
For example, look around your home. Tables, chairs, desks, beds, pots, pans, plates, and other eating utensils all require a maker, as do walls, floors, and ceilings. Yet, those things are comparatively simple to make. Since simple things require a maker, is it not logical that complex things require an even more intelligent maker?
Our Awesome Universe
A watch requires a watchmaker. What of our infinitely more complex solar system, with the Sun and its planets revolving around it with split-second precision century after century? What of the awesome galaxy we live in called the Milky Way, with its more than 100 billion stars? Have you ever stopped at night to gaze at the Milky Way? Were you impressed? Then think of the incredibly vast universe that contains untold billions of galaxies like our Milky Way! In addition, the heavenly bodies are so reliable in their movements’ century after century that they have been compared to precision timepieces.
If a watch, which is relatively simple, implies the existence of a watchmaker, surely the infinitely more complex and awesome universe implies the existence of a designer and maker. That is why the Bible invites us to ‘raise our eyes high and see,’ and then it asks: ‘Who has created these’? The answer:
Lift up your eyes on high and see! Who has created these? He Who brings out their host by number and calls them all by name; through the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one is missing or lacks anything. (Isaiah 40:26)
Thus, the universe owes its existence to an invisible, controlling, intelligent power—God.
Earth Uniquely Designed
The more scientists study the earth, the more they realize that it is uniquely designed for human habitation. It is just the right distance from the sun to get the proper amount of light and heat. Once a year it moves around the sun, with just the right angle of tilt, making seasons possible in many parts of the earth. The earth also rotates on its own axis every 24 hours, providing regular periods of light and darkness. It has an atmosphere with just the right mixture of gases so we can breathe and be protected from damaging radiation from space. It also has the vital water and soil needed to grow food.
Without all those factors, and others, working together, life would be impossible. Was all of that an accident? Science News says:
It seems as if such particular and precise conditions could hardly have arisen at random.
No, they could not. They involved purposeful design by a superb Designer.
If you went into a fine house and found that it was generously stocked with food, that it had an excellent heating and air-conditioning system, and that it had good plumbing to supply water, what would you conclude? That it all just came about by itself? No, you would surely conclude that an intelligent person designed and made it with great care. The earth was also designed and made with great care in order to provide what its inhabitants need, and it is much more complex and well-supplied than any house.
Also, consider the great number of things that add delight to living. Look at the vast variety of beautifully colored flowers with their pleasant scents that humans enjoy. Then there is the great variety of foods so delicious to our taste. There are forests, mountains, lakes, and other creations pleasant to look at. In addition, what of beautiful sunsets that enhance our enjoyment of life? And in the animal realm, are we not delighted by the playful antics and lovable nature of puppies, kittens, and other animal young? So the earth provides many delightful surprises not absolutely needed to sustain life. These show that the earth was designed with loving care, with humans in mind, so that we would not just exist but would enjoy life.
Therefore, the reasonable conclusion is to acknowledge the Giver of all these things, as did the Bible writer who said of God:
You yourself have made the heavens and the earth. For what purpose? He gives the answer by describing God as “the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited.”—Isaiah 37:16; 45:18.
The Amazing Living Cell
What of living things? Do they not require a maker? For example, consider a few of the amazing features of a living cell. In his, book Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, molecular biologist Michael Denton states:
Even the simplest of all living systems on earth today, bacterial cells, are exceedingly complex objects. Although the tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, . . . each is in effect a veritable microminiaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery . . . far more complicated than any machine built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world.
Regarding the genetic code in each cell, he states:
The capacity of DNA to store information vastly exceeds that of any other known system; it is so efficient that all the information needed to specify an organism as complex as man weighs less than a few thousand millionths of a gram. . . . Alongside the level of ingenuity and complexity exhibited by the molecular machinery of life, even our most advanced [products] appear clumsy. We feel humbled.
Denton further adds:
The complexity of the simplest known type of cell is so great that it is impossible to accept that such an object could have been thrown together suddenly by some kind of freakish, vastly improbable, event.
It had to have a designer and maker.
Our Incredible Brain
This scientist then says:
In terms of complexity, an individual cell is nothing when compared with a system like the mammalian brain. The human brain consists of about ten thousand million nerve cells. Each nerve cell puts out somewhere in the region of between ten thousand and one hundred thousand connecting fibers by which it makes contact with other nerve cells in the brain. Altogether, the total number of connections in the human brain approaches . . . a thousand million.
Even if only one hundredth of the connections in the brain were specifically organized, this would still represent a system containing a much greater number of specific connections than in the entire communications network on Earth.
He then asks:
Could any sort of purely random process ever have assembled such systems?
Obviously, the answer has to be no. The brain must have had a caring Designer and Maker.
The human brain makes even the most advanced computers look primitive. Science writer Morton Hunt said:
Our active memories hold several billion times more information than a large contemporary research computer.
Thus, brain surgeon Dr. Robert J. White concluded:
I am left with no choice but to acknowledge the existence of a Superior Intellect, responsible for the design and development of the incredible brain-mind relationship—something far beyond man’s capacity to understand. . . . I have to believe all this had an intelligent beginning, that Someone made it happen.
It also had to be Someone who cared.
The Unique Blood System
Consider, too, the unique blood system that transports nutrients and oxygen and protects against infection. Regarding the red blood cells, a main component of this system, the book ABC’s of the Human Body states:
A single drop of blood contains more than 250 million separate blood cells . . . The body contains perhaps 25 trillion of them, enough, if spread out, to cover four tennis courts. . . . Replacements are made, at a rate of 3 million new cells every second.
Regarding white blood cells, another part of the unique blood system, this same source tells us:
While there is only one kind of red cell, white blood cells come in many varieties, each type capable of fighting the body’s battles in a different way. One kind, for instance, destroys dead cells. Other kinds produce antibodies against viruses, detoxify foreign substances, or literally eat up and digest bacteria.
What an amazing and highly organized system! Surely anything that is so well put together and so thoroughly protective must have a very intelligent and caring organizer—God.
There are many other marvels in the human body. One is the eye, so superbly designed that no camera can duplicate it. Astronomer Robert Jastrow said:
The eye appears to have been designed; no designer of telescopes could have done better.
And the publication Popular Photography relates:
Human eyes see a far greater range of detail than film does. They see in three dimensions, at a tremendously wide angle, without distortion, in continuous motion . . . Comparing the camera to the human eye isn’t a fair analogy. The human eye is more like an incredibly advanced supercomputer with artificial intelligence, information-processing abilities, speeds, and modes of operation that are far beyond any man-made device, computer or camera.
Think, too, of the way that all the intricate body organs cooperate without our conscious effort. For example, we put many different types of food and drink into our stomachs, yet the body processes them and produces energy. Try putting such a variety of things into the gas tank of an automobile and see how far it goes! Then there is the miracle of birth, the producing of an adorable baby—a copy of its parents—in just nine months. Moreover, what about the ability of a child just a few years old to learn how to talk in a complex language?
Yes, the many amazing, intricate creations in the human body fill us with awe. No engineer could duplicate those things. Could they be merely the workings of blind chance? Surely not. Instead, when considering all the wonderful aspects of the human body, reasonable persons say, as did the psalmist:
I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.—Psalm 139:14.
The Supreme Builder
The Bible states:
For every house is built by someone, but the one who built everything is God. Hebrews 3:4
Since any house, however simple, must have a builder, then the far more complex universe, along with the vast varieties of life on earth, must also have had a builder. And since we acknowledge the existence if humans who invented devices such as airplanes, televisions, and computers, should we not also acknowledge the existence of the One who gave humans the brain to make such things?
The Bible does, calling him:
Thus says God the Lord—He Who created the heavens and stretched them forth, He Who spread abroad the earth and that which comes out of it, He Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it.(Isaiah 42:5)
The Bible rightly declares:
Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created. Revelation 4:11.
Yes, we can know that there is a God by the things he has made. For [God’s] invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things [God] made.—Romans 1:20.
The fact that something made is misused does not mean it had no maker. An airplane can be used for peaceful purposes, as an airliner. But it can also be used for destruction, as a bomber. Its being used in a death-dealing way does not mean it had no maker.
Similarly, the fact that humans have so often turned out bad does not mean they did not have a Maker, that there is no God. Hence, the Bible correctly observes:
[Oh, your perversity!] You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be considered of no more account than the clay? Shall the thing that is made say of its maker, He did not make me; or the thing that is formed say of him who formed it, He has no understanding?—Isaiah 29:16.
The Creator has shown his wisdom through the amazing complexity of what he has made. He has shown that he really cares about us by making the earth just right to live on, by making our bodies and minds in such a wonderful way, and by making so many good things for us to enjoy.
While these things are all important byproducts of our relationship with God, they are secondary to God’s salvation — his rescue of us through Jesus Christ.
This relationship begins and ends with what God has done — God has spoken to us, God has acted for us, and through Jesus Christ God has come to our rescue. God then challenges us to respond to these actions by accepting his offer of rescue.
God Has Spoken
Out of a deep love for human beings, the Creator of the universe has not left us to wonder who he is. Through Creation: God’s self-revealing begins with creation itself, for God’s existence and personality are described by the beauty, variety, order and majesty of the created world.
Through the Bible: If all we knew about God came from observing the world around us or from our own human wisdom, it would lack much. God therefore has spoken to humanity through the written words of the Bible. While much of the Bible can be difficult to understand, many truths come through with striking clarity;
- God speaks and acts in history.
- God has a purpose and love for all humanity.
- God is holy and pure, without any speck of evil or injustice.
- God has given human beings the ability to know our Creator.
People all too often choose to reject God’s love and authority, choosing instead to live for ourselves. In this way, all of us have attempted to overthrow God and put our own selves and selfish desires in God’s place. The Bible calls this behavior “sin.”
God Has Acted
God is not passive in the face of our rebellion and separation. Instead, God has lovingly taken the initiative to reach toward us, to communicate to us, and to rescue us from the sin of which all of us are guilty. Some of the ways God has done this are:
- God created human beings with the unique ability to perceive God’s imprint on themselves and the world, and the freedom to adore or ignore God.
- God revealed his nature and purpose to Abraham and Sarah, promising them that through their lineage God would bless the entire world.
- God inspired prophets to communicate God’s nature and desires to all those who would listen. Often ignored or reviled by their hearers, the prophets told of God’s tender concern for the poor, the widow, the orphan, the foreigner. The prophets also told of the coming Savior and Redeemer who one day would rescue God’s people from their greatest enemies.
- Most important of all, in the ultimate effort to reach toward us, God became human, a Jewish baby named Jesus of Nazareth who grew to become a carpenter/rabbi.
God Has Come to Our Rescue
Every human being ever born has made mistakes, had moral lapses, and in a variety of ways fallen short of the holy perfection of God Almighty — every human being but one. The one person in all history who has lived a life without regrets, failings or any sin is Jesus Christ. Jesus showed his unique and sinless nature in many ways.
Jesus declared himself to be God. He claimed he had the same abilities and attributes as God, such as the authority to forgive sins. He claimed that he was the One toward whom all the biblical prophets pointed. He taught that our relationship with him was more important than all other relationships. He claimed that he was the only avenue for humans to come to God, and that at the world’s end he would judge all people.
Despite these highly authoritative claims, Jesus showed extraordinary humility and recommended such humility to others. Jesus reached out with great compassion to those who were the lowest and most shunned in society. Jesus healed people miraculously; while he claimed to be the source of all true healing.
After living a life without sin, in perfect obedience to God the Father, Jesus chose to die on behalf of the rest of humanity. His death was voluntary. He freely chose to die to rescue us.
He claimed that anyone who trusts in his rescue is given a new relationship with God as an adopted child of God. He promisd to that God’s Spirit would to reside in that person, leading, comforting, encouraging and empowering that person in daily life.
Three days after his death on the cross, Jesus was raised to eternal life, never again to die.
Who Jesus is and what Jesus did for us are the foundation on which the Christian faith is built. His claim to be God, His work to die for sin and his resurrection from the dead are key underpinnings of Christian belief and practice.
Because of his deep love for us, God has spoken; God has acted; God has come to our rescue. And God invites our personal, individual, grateful response to his work.
God challenges each person to accept the gift that Jesus offers. This invitation brings both great responsibility and great comfort. The responsibility is that each of us is held accountable for our response. The great comfort is that once the response is given, the person can be fully assured that God has received that person as a beloved child, safe and secure in God’s love, forgiveness and acceptance for now and all eternity.
This response includes three steps:
- “I’m sorry …” — ask God to forgive you for the things you have done wrong, the ways you have pushed God away.
- “Thank you …” — believe that Jesus died on the cross so you could be rescued by God and adopted as God’s beloved child; thank him for this undeserved gift.
- “Please …” — accept God’s gift, invite God to live within you to help you turn from your old way of living to a life committed to pleasing God.
Here is a very simple prayer you can pray to begin the most wonderful relationship of your life:
Jesus, I’m sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. Please forgive me for all the things that have come between us. I now turn away from everything that I know is wrong. Thank you that you died on the cross to rescue me from my sin and everything that keeps me from fully knowing and serving you. Please come into my life, and live with me forever. Thank you. Amen.
If you have responded to God’s love and rescue with this kind of response, then you are a beloved child of God — a Christian!
If you have any questions about the Christian faith or would like someone to pray with you, you may contact Pastor Bill. Jesus Survives welcomes you wherever you are on your journey of faith — a seeker, a skeptic, a new Christian or a long-time Christian.