“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1
Have you ever thought, “I have questions about God that just never seem to go away?” Or have you ever said, “I wish I had the answer to the questions my friends are asking about Christianity”? Or maybe, you just want to cry out, “God, if you’re really there, please answer me!”
This week, we continue our sermon series dealing with questions about God.
Throughout human history, people have questioned the existence of God. We can’t see, hear, feel, touch or taste Him, so how can we know for sure if He exists? It’s such an important question that scholars have given it deep thought over the ages. 'Is He real?' and 'What can He really do?' The universe itself is a powerful pointer to the existence of God. It’s big and beautiful, and all of its parts work together well.
There cannot be a creation without a Creator, and every design reflects its designer.
Chart the path of the stars, measure the decay rate of an atom, examine the laws of physics: Everything you study is well-ordered, precise and complex. Stare up into the night sky, walk along a beach at sunset, put a snowflake under a microscope; everywhere you look, our world is saturated with beauty. This beauty and complexity in the universe point not only to a Creator, but also to the nature of the Creator: ingenious, beautiful and detailed.
Plato decided that it was reasonable to believe in God based on “the order of the motion of the stars, and of all things under the dominion of the mind which ordered the universe.” Sir Isaac Newton said, “When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.” Everything points to a powerful Creator.
Consider the mundane banana: notice it fits perfectly in your palm. In fact, it fits better than a man-made Coke can. It’s been thoughtfully made with a non-slip surface.It comes with a time-sensitive indicator on the outside to let you know the condition of the contents before you even open it: Green means “keep going,” yellow means “slow down and eat it,” and black means “too late, friend.” The banana’s top contains a pull-tab for convenient opening. Pull back firmly on the tab, and it peels neatly according to its pre-made perforations. If it’s at just the right stage for eating, it even gives off a little “click” sound
as it’s opened. The wrapper peels into four pieces and hangs gracefully over your hand. Unlike the Coke can, this wrapper is environmentally sensitive, made completely of bio-degradable substances that in time enrich the soil it nestles in. If left uneaten, it has pre-programmed orders to reproduce itself into a whole new fruit-bearing plant, so it is a virtually inexhaustible food-producing source. The fruit is the perfect size and shape for the human mouth, with a point on the top for easy entry. It is full of
bodybuilding calories and is easy for the stomach to digest.And the Maker of the banana has even curved it toward the face to make the whole eating experience easier and more pleasant.
No wonder the Bible says about God, “Your workmanship is marvelous…” From looking at the design of
the banana, I conclude that there is a God; that He is brilliant, creative and thoughtful; and that He loves to delight people through all five of our senses. adapted Hal Seed & Dan Grider
Want to learn more or have your questions answered? Join us this Sunday for the next in the series of God Questions.
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