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Wondering What to Believe?

  1. Does Nature Give Proof of God?
    8 Digging Deeper
  2. Can I Hear God's Voice?
    8 Digging Deeper
  3. Who is God?
    8 Digging Deeper
  4. Who Wrote the Bible?
    8 Digging Deeper
  5. Can I Trust the Bible?
    7 Digging Deeper
  6. Is there a Right and Wrong?
    7 Digging Deeper
  7. Why Does God Allow Evil?
    9 Digging Deeper
  8. Who Am I?
    7 Digging Deeper
  9. What is the Meaning of Life?
    7 Digging Deeper
  10. Does God Love Me?
    5 Digging Deeper

Has random chaos ever produced anything that would inspire words like those you used in question 1? Have you ever opened a box of a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle and looked at the 1000 pieces? What do you see: random chaos or intelligent design? If you throw all the pieces in the air, would they come down and form a beautiful picture? Or, is it only when all the pieces are put together by a rational person that they show a beautiful picture? The universe is not just billions of unrelated pieces but everything put together to form a beautiful picture and an earth inhabitable by us.

The universe exhibits amazing order, regularity, complexity and intelligibility. Eminent physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies comments on the striking elegance evident in the cosmos:

All science proceeds on the assumption that nature is ordered in a rational and intelligible way.  You couldn’t be a scientist if you thought the universe was a meaningless jumble of odds and ends haphazardly juxtaposed.  When physicists probe to a deeper level of subatomic structure, or astronomers extend the reach of their instruments, they expect to encounter additional elegant mathematical order.

(Kenneth Richard Samples, 7 Truths That Changed the World: Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012, p. 113)

The Bible speaks of God’s wonderfully-designed and functioning universe.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14).

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

“Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17).

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring’” (Acts 17:24-28).

“One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness” (Psalm 145:4-6).

“You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are more than can be told” (Psalm 40:5).

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis1:31).