Gilland: Pondering the mysteries of the universe

To borrow a line from Bob Dylan, “The times they are a-changin’.” He wrote that song for his 1964 album by the same name. He was right then, and he could easily have written those words in 2021 as well. There is no question—these are interesting times.

One of the areas of change is what some would describe as our culture’s general view about and the acceptance of the reality of God. There is a new level of hostility toward believers that is discernable in our schools and from our federal government.

There was a time that pastors, the role of the church in a community, and Christian-based causes would be respected by even non-believers. Sadly, it is now more commonplace for the opposite to be experienced.

Why is this happening? The Bible predicted all of this, calling it a “great falling away” or apostasy (the abandonment of belief). You can read more on that in Matthew 24:10-12.

But the truth still remains, even with a large segment of society rejecting it. And at the end of the day, God is still God. He may not be provable through math formulas, or through the properties of physics. But the evidence of a Creator is all around us…every day. Here are three examples:

  • Look through the Hubble Telescope and peer to the edge of the massive cosmos.
  • View the monitor of an electron-scanning microscope and delve into the intricate world of an organic cell.
  • Sit down and read an entire library of information that reveals the complexity of the digital code that turns a fertilized egg into a human being.

These are just three examples of amazing, delicate, and undeniably intricate order. To buy into the explanation that they all occurred completely at random—now that is a leap of faith if there ever was one.

A simple illustration of the foolishness found in that argument is this: How many times would it take to throw a brick of dynamite into a yard of junked vehicles, and once the dust cleared from the explosion, finding a beautiful Corvette sports car? Nope, that one is not going to happen.

I love to read the writings of theologian Wayne Grudem. Listen to what he says concerning the knowledge of God: 

“All persons everywhere have a deep, inner sense that God exists, that they are his creatures, and that he is their Creator. Paul says that even Gentile unbelievers ‘knew God’ but did not honor him as God or give thanks to him (Rom. 1:21). He says that wicked unbelievers have ‘exchanged the truth about God for a lie’ (Rom. 1:25), implying that they actively or willfully rejected some truth about God’s existence and character that they knew. Paul says that ‘what can be known about God is plain to them,’ and adds that this is ‘because God has shown it to them’ (Rom. 1:19).”

There are aspects of God we’ll never understand. David, a godly leader of whom was spoken that he “was a man after God’s own heart,” wrote these words:

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.” — Psalm 103:11 (ESV)

Critics can say anything. We can cast any doubts that we may, but it doesn’t change the fact that there was—and is—a divine architect of the world. We may not understand everything about that, but He is God.

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