When we gaze into the night sky, we see a vast expanse too large to fathom. Through the use of telescopes and advanced optics, we have discovered magnificent galaxies and nebula, showing that the heavens declare the glory of God.
As we look around on Earth below, we find that it is special, teeming with life in the midst of an inhospitable universe. The plants and animals are diverse and unique, created, in the beginning, as fully functioning creatures.
A glimpse into the microscopic world reveals a system of complex patterns, structure, and design-impossible to recreate using even the most advanced technology.
This world truly is a beautiful place, and we as humans have the ability to comprehend and admire that beauty. A comprehension that goes beyond evolutionary possibilities, and a hunger for understanding that surpasses mere “survival of the fittest”.
Scripture informs us that in the beginning, God saw everything that He had made, and it was very good. It is no wonder that everywhere we look, we see the remarkable power of God’s creation.
Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. – Deuteronomy 4:39
WHY IS THERE BEAUTY IN DESIGN?
Think about it: There’s great functionality in design. Take, for instance, a skyscraper or an ice cream cone. Both are designed to efficiently contain some element. One allows a scoop of ice cream to be held in an edible container, while the other design allows a relatively small footprint on the ground to hold thousands of people. But good design doesn’t stop there… Design is also — beautiful.
Think about it: the most carefully designed structures are also the most aesthetically pleasing to our eyes and other senses. A sophisticated jet. A palace. An expertly crafted dessert. A symphony. But let’s not stop there: A rose. A Hummingbird. Your family pet. …Even the fierce beasts of prey! Human life. Microscopic DNA. Our planet – and our Universe.
All of these things have great beauty and even greater functionality. Every example of beauty and positive functionality requires thoughtful design. While we can go back to historical records to track down the original designer of each man-made invention, we can also track down the Designer of the entire natural world, (including you and me) by reading the history in the book of Genesis.
Not only can we revisit the Creation of the Universe in that record, but even today, we can know the Creator Himself. We all enjoy the use of phones, but it’s too late to meet Alexander Graham Bell. What about cars? Not much of a chance of catching up with Henry Ford. You might like Facebook, but you’ll probably never get a face-to-face with Zuckerberg.
But we enjoy so many other things, like sitting on our porch watching the sunset, or the smell of rain, or taking a deep breath of air, or the feel of water splashing around your feet.
Just like all of the other man-made functions and designs we’ve discussed — these elements of nature, and the very senses we use to connect with, are all elements of design and complexity, beauty and functionality.
I’m David Rives, Truly, the Heavens Declare the Glory of God.
Inspired Evidence: Only One Reality | Book | Bruce Malone & Julie Von Vett
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Inspired Evidence is a unique daily devotional which covers the evidence for a biblical worldview from a dozen different areas of science. Extensively illustrated and filled with compelling stories, articles, histories, and discoveries of science, the observations from the world around us are all placed within a biblical framework to show that God’s Word is meant to be understood in a clear straightforward way from the very first verse. This daily devotional, Inspired Evidence, includes 365 different examples are tied to Bible verses to show that there is no conflict between Scripture and any area of human knowledge. From biology to physics; cosmology to anatomy; geology to history; botany to paleontology Suitable from any age from elementary school to college student – this devotional is a fascinating and informative tool for bringing the truth and relevance of the bible to life. The book also contains extensive appendixes for easy referencing of terms, subjects, Bible verses, and sources.