THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD
I am not an apologist like my husband, nor am I scientifically trained like he is. Still I can see and understand that “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1). Romans 1:19 – 20 says, “… what may be known about God is plain to [us]” and “God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made … .”
We can look at the creation that God has made and see the wisdom and design in it. John has a lesson about the mathematical improbabilities of the creation, and our world in it, coming into existence by chance. Our existence on the earth in our solar system and our galaxy is dependent on so many variables that have to be precisely what they are and, therefore, carefully designed in order for us to exist. However, anyone can look up to the heavens and be in awe of the splendor and unfathomable vastness of the universe.
When John and I go on our Canyonlands Tour, John is enthralled by the complexities of the geologic processes that produced the Grand Canyon, the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon, the cross-bedded sandstone in Zion National Park, and the petrified logs in the Petrified Forest. I may not understand all of the processes that God used to create them, but I can appreciate the end result of God’s designs and admire their beauty and diversity.
You do not have to be a scientist to recognize and appreciate the complexity, diversity, beauty, and design seen throughout all of God’s creation. There are many scientists who have come to believe in an intelligent creator because of the things he has made. Albert Einstein said, “Religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared to it, all the thinking and acting of human beings is insignificant.”
— Cynthia Clayton