The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. –Psalm 19: 1-4
We should first start with the most basic question, who is God and what do you think about Him. Are you in awe of him? Scared maybe? Angry? Maybe you just don’t believe that he exists. I’m sure there a variety of different reactions to this question due to your upbringing and other life experiences. Before I became a Christian I really didn’t know what to think. It took me 20 years to really start pondering this question and it was only a little over a year ago when I started to really study the bible and see what the truth was. As I started to read and experiencing God’s power in my life though, I realized that he was really awesome. His majesty is displayed all over the bible. “Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and joy are in His place” (1Ch 16:27).
The best physical evidence of his majesty in my eyes, is the heavens and the massive universe surrounding us. If you have taken any kind of astronomy class or have studied astronomy, I’m sure you have been blown away by all its wonders. We are just a tiny speck in the over 350,000,000,000 galaxies that surround us. Here is a cool video demonstrating just how massive and incredible our universe is.
I realize that some of you may be thinking, what about evolution, what about the Big Bang? If you went to school in the public school system and have studied at most colleges, you have been taught all of your lives that the universe was created by chance. God is rarely mentioned in schools, and some places forbidden. Do to this teaching, I too didn’t really believe that God was the creator of the universe. The fact though that we are even alive and the universe exists is a miracle in itself. Let me give you some facts from the book Miracles by Eric Metaxas:
Still, even these freakishly tall odds pale in comparison to the ratio of the electronic force to the gravitational force. Physicists have calculated that if that ratio had been different by one part in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, the universe would not exist. But somehow, it is just what it needs to be. Statistically this is quite impossible, but once again there it is and here we are.
…in order for enough stars and planets to exist for the possibility of life in the universe, the value of the mass density has to be fine-tuned to one part in ten to the sixtieth power. Are we surprised to learn that it is fine tuned to that level? But Ross says that the value of the space energy density must be calibrated to a far higher level of precision. That value must be fine-tuned to less than one part in ten to the 120th power.
…if the earth were slightly larger, it would of course have slightly more gravity. As a result, methane and ammonia gas, which have molecular weights of sixteen and seventeen respectively, would remain close to the surface of the earth. Since we can’t breathe methane or ammonia because of their toxicity, we would die.
If Earth were slightly smaller, water vapor would not stay close to the planet’s surface, but would instead dissipate into the atmosphere. Obviously, without water we couldn’t exist.
The fact that we are just here by chance and that our planet was created so intricately for our survival and enjoyment for no reason does not make sense.
As well, if you take a look at the complexities and wondrous variety of things in this world, it’s hard not to believe there is some creator behind this. Francis Chan spells this out nicely:
Did you know that a caterpillar has 228 separate and distinct muscles in its head? That’s quite a few, for a bug. The average elm tree has approximately 6 million leaves on it. And your own heart generates enough pressure as it pumps blood throughout your body that it could squirt blood up to 30 feet…Have you ever thought about how diverse and creative God is? He didn’t have to make hundreds of different kinds of bananas, but He did. He didn’t have to put 3,000 different species of trees within one square mile in the Amazon jungle, but He did. God didn’t have to create so many kinds of laughter. Think about the different sounds of your friends’ laughs—wheezes, snorts, silent, loud, obnoxious.
In the bible, it states that there is no excuse for not believing in God, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20)
Despite all this, there still may be some who are not yet convinced of a creator. Ultimately though, I cannot make you believe. It comes by faith. Regardless of where you are at though, I hope you will continue to read on!