One day an alien spacecraft landed in a remote region of North America. Two extraterrestrials left the craft to explore the area. Completely unlike us, everything they saw was new and unfamiliar. The following is a translation of the conversation they had when they came upon an abandoned log cabin.
“Look at this structure. It has a geometric shape. Nature does not express itself in perfect geometric forms. This building may be a sign of intelligence!”
“Wait a minute! Don’t rush to judgement. Look at the walls of the structure. Isn’t it clear that they are made from trees, like those in the nearby forest? Isn’t it possible that trees were cut down by lightning in an electrical storm, and as they rolled down that mountain, their limbs were removed? Later, perhaps hundreds or thousands of years later, bolts of lightning in another electrical storm cut the fallen logs into the same size pieces that make up this wall.”
“But who or what assembled the pieces?”
“A windstorm of course! Yes, a windstorm could have blown the logs on top of one another, making the walls of this cabin.”
“But how do you explain the windows?”
“Ah, the windows . . . Well, perhaps the soil in this or a nearby area is rich in silica. And when struck by lighting, it formed glass. Maybe there later was a severe hailstorm that smoothed out the glass. Finally, a lightning bolt ricocheting from a boulder cut the glass into a windowpane. Another lightning bolt made a hole in the wall. The sides of the opening in the wall may have been smoothened by some gnawing insects. Finally, in another freak windstorm, the windowpane was blown into position. Oh, yes, later the window was sealed with tree sap or something. You see, we can explain how this structure evolved. Let’s call it the theory of evolution.”
Do you find it difficult to believe the outside of a log cabin could come together purely by chance? How much more so if we try to account for the furniture, as well as the plumbing and electrical systems of the cabin! Yet, humans are infinitely more complex than the tallest skyscraper. If we cannot believe that buildings can arise purely by chance, how can we accept that humans developed that way?
We mustn’t be too hard on the extraterrestrial for his theory of evolution. After all, he was partly right. Creation doesn’t take place spontaneously, but evolves. Creation is not an act, but a process. Whether it is this article or an automobile, many steps are involved before reaching the final product. The only mistake the extraterrestrial made was failing to recognize the INTELLIGENCE that directs the process of creation or evolution.
Skyscrapers, bridges, and subways are proof of man’s existence. Man, the wonders of life, and the cosmos are proofs of God’s existence. By ‘God,’ I do not mean the God of any particular religion, for God is not a Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist. He is none of these things. Yet, He is all these things, for He is the Intelligence behind all that is.
Nature is God speaking to us. Nature makes the existence of God self-evident. I disagree with Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 ~ 1945) who said, “A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.” No, I think a god who let us prove his existence would be a friend.
To witness and experience the wonders of life and deny the Intelligence that created them is unnatural, unreasonable, unwarranted, and unbelievable. Even Sir Fred Hoyle (1915 ~ 2001), the prominent British mathematician and astronomer who tried to prove the universe is without beginning or end (the steady-state theory) had this to say, “The chance that higher forms (of life) have emerged in this way is comparable with the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junk-yard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.” We are standing in the junkyard, looking at a Bowing 747. Isn’t our belief in a Designer rational; that is, based on the evidence before us?
Those who would argue that our existence came about solely by chance do more than defy common sense; they also defy logic. For if it were true that everything came about by chance and has no meaning, it logically follows that their argument also came about by chance and is empty of meaning!
Those of you who are interested in science will no doubt be fascinated by recent studies on the many parameters or requirements for life. For all the parameters to be met, the odds of life appearing are infinitesimal. In fact, astronomer-turned-minister Hugh Ross, Ph.D., estimates that the chances of ONE planet in the universe developing life is one in ten to the 282nd power (million trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion). Yet, here we are! To find out more about this fascinating subject and the documents that are available, visit his web site.
All right, common sense tells us that Intelligence (God) created us, but so what? What’s the significance? Well, acknowledging the existence of God is a gateway. Recognizing that truth opens us up to the Divine Power that permeates the universe. Once we realize what we are (children of God), what is there to fear? What is there to prevent us from reaching our dreams? As we see God everywhere, enemies change to friends, doubts to faith, fear to courage, weakness to strength, resistance to cooperation, unhappiness to joy, aimlessness to purpose, ugliness to beauty, evil to goodness, and ignorance to wisdom.
When the universe enraptures us with wonder and awe, we may be tempted to shout, “How great Thou art,” but it is really a testament to how great WE are, for God created the universe for us. It is our playground, our field of dreams, and our path to the discovery of our Creator. To discover God is to discover our heritage and learn more about us. And an interest in God can lead to the study of the sacred scriptures of the world, which can be a font of wisdom and guidance.
Yes, God is all around us. To become aware of Him, all we have to do is open our eyes, ears, minds, and hearts. When we do so, we will be like the little boy in the following poem.
He was just a little boy
on a week’s first day.
He was wandering home from Sunday School and dawdling on the way.
He scuffed his shoes into the grass ,
He found a caterpillar.
He found a fluffy milkweed pod,
and blew out all the “filler.”
A bird’s nest in a tree over head,
So wisely placed on high.
Was just another wonder
that caught his eager eye.
A neighbor watched his zig zag course,
and hailed him from the lawn;
Asked him where he’d been that day
and what was going on.
“I’ve been to Bible School,” he said
and turned a piece of sod.
He picked up a wiggly worm
replying, “I’ve learned a lot of God.”
“M’m very fine way,” the neighbor said,
“for a boy to spend his time.”
“If you’ll tell me where God is,
I’ll give you a brand new dime.”
Quick as a flash the answer came!
Nor were his accents faint.
“I’ll give you a dollar Mister, if you can tell me where God ain’t!