Theology Thursday – Theism (The Evidence of Creation)

Last time we discussed Theism we learned that the Bible makes two arguments for the existence of God.  The first is the evidence of conscience.  The second is creation, which we will examine today.

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Creation unmistakably demonstrates its creator, so much so that those who observe it are without excuse.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, {Rom 1:20-22 NASB}

Note the statement in v. 20 presupposes that the world is created. Not only is this already revealed in human history through the old testament by the 50s AD when Paul wrote this letter, but it is treated as a self evident point of fact. This would not be a verse to defend creation since it is taken for granted as a premise. The real argument is instead what creation DOES, and that is that it demonstrates God’s attributes defined here as eternal power and divine nature as being abundantly clear and plain to all. In other words, it is because of the universe around us that we can see God’s power and that God is divine. How? “through what has been made”. How clear is it? “so that they are without excuse”.

Just as our own conscience demonstrates the character of God, the world around us demonstrates the nature of God.

comfortRay Comfort offers some help in understanding this.  Comfort states that when you look at a building and ask how it got there everyone understands it took a builder for it to happen. When you look at a painting everyone understands that a painter had to paint it. So, when we look at creation, why do many go out of their way to deny that a creator had to create it? The reason isn’t because we creationists are delusional (we’re not), it’s because logically if you admit there is creation, you have to admit there is a creator. And if we admit there is a creator, the nature of that creator is plainly evident in the creation itself.  A sad painter doesn’t paint happy paintings.

However, those who love their sin don’t want to admit it is sin. Instead it seems profitable to turn to futile speculations and call foolishness wisdom.  Therefore those bent on denying God are also bent on explaining away creation.  If they can explain away creation, it becomes easy to dismiss the creator.  Therefore, a culture entrenched in sin also entrenches excuses for why creation was not… well… created.   Silly though they may be, they fulfill their purpose.

The Bible’s claims to the existence of God are not blind faith. The Bible does not open the argument for God by simply asking you to grant it a few assumptions. Instead it appeals to what is obvious within us and what is obvious around us. Around us, in the beautiful wonder of breath taking creation we see the nature of God plainly evident. Within us, as we know the difference between right and wrong, that there IS a right and wrong.  We know that this God has a moral standard… a standard we can’t meet. The Christian must cling to these arguments when dealing with atheism. We mustn’t attempt to prove God through any other means (what other means could we have?). We can also be comforted that knowing God is real isn’t a matter of assumption or blind faith. Rather it is as evident as the design of the universe, as real as the guilt we feel when we do wrong.

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