My two younger sons have had a renewed interest in Lego blocks lately. And it’s no wonder. When they’ve shown to my wife and me the amazing worlds that can be created with the little blocks, and the little people to populate them, I am truly amazed!
Perhaps you’ve seen pictures (compliments of someone who likes to forward email attachments) of the huge Lego cathedral, the Lego art museum filled with… um… Lego art, or the little Lego movies starring Lego people imitating life.
The things that can be done with these little building blocks are not only clever but ingenious. They undeniably point to the marvelous intelligence of their users. When my boys invent new vehicles, construct new buildings, and design new worlds with the blocks, I always smile and share in the fun of their imagination.
And as I write this column, I observe the early morning sun peaking over southern Ohio hills, setting fire to the mid-August haze. A golden glow surrounds me and I can’t help but worship God from my heart, thanking this most amazing Creator for building this world with teeny-tiny blocks of sub-atomic particles all intricately equipped and marvelously placed so that the infinitely mighty imagination of God may be displayed in the wonders of our world.
While I readily admit that I am not a scientist, I have always been immensely fascinated by science and fondly recall some intense (but friendly) discussions in my high school math and science classes, particularly in Physics (which was taught, ironically enough, by Mr. Fuson – pronounced like “fusion”). A classmate named “Tom” and I argued back and forth whether or not cosmic origins could be sufficiently explained with naturalistic (non-theistic) explanations, or if physical laws, cosmic order, and scientific discoveries in astrophysics and microbiology demand the acknowledgement of an “Intelligent Designer”.
Much has changed in twenty years. It seems that science is God’s friend after all. Just as surely as the gravitational pull of a Black Hole irresistibly draws light to its inconceivably dense center, science is not only mildly gravitating towards admitting that the only reasonable explanation for our planet and the life sustained thereon is God, but is exponentially accelerating towards it. If science is a search for truth, then it cannot help but lead rational people to the realization that random chance cannot explain our fantastic universe or the myriad forms of life teeming on our planet’s surface. It was once supposed that “somewhere out there” were thousands of worlds like ours, many with intelligent and advanced peoples on them. But now it seems that earth is a rare thing indeed and was lovingly placed here around this particular sun in this particular part of the galaxy by a divine intelligence.
The odds of there being a life-friendly planet anywhere in any galaxy are so inconceivably fantastic that they are virtually zero – imagine one chance in a number with more zeroes than could be contained in a dozen sets of Encyclopedia Britannica (see “Other Worlds” by British physicist P.C.W. Davies, published by Dent, 1980). And then to have met the requirements for the first basic proteins to form are also virtually impossible. And even if these first two criteria could somehow have inexplicably been met, Darwinians still cannot explain the evolution of irreducibly complex biological components necessary for life; nor does the fossil record even remotely support Darwinian theory as an explanation for “macroevolution” (especially given the scientifically freakish phenomenon of what is called the Cambrian Explosion).
The fact is that as science progresses further and further into fact, moving from speculative assumptions to real knowledge, the evidence becomes clearer and clearer. There IS a Creator who not only formed the heavens and the earth, but created life as well, endowing it with dignity and purpose, and sustaining it with His own merciful power and protection.
I know for a fact that if my children were to take the box that holds their Lego toys and overturn it, there is no chance for the blocks to simply “fall into place” and create a toy house or a toy car no matter how many times they might conduct the experiment. For either of those things to emerge, some agent of intelligence must pick up the pieces and put them into place.
Our world, likewise, requires us to acknowledge both the presence and activity of God for its existence. From mountain to sea, from bone-dry desert to tropical jungle, from frigid tundra to sprawling prairie, creation tells the story of an amazing God who created our amazing world. From quasars on the far end of the universe to the tiny microbes that swim in a water puddle, life is a testimonial to a complexity so marvelous and intricate that only a divine hand could have formed them. In fact, whenever your incredibly engineered eyes look upon the face of another person, you are seeing a living, breathing miracle. You yourself are also a miracle.
“Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts. Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns.’ The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the people in His truth” (Psalm 96:7-13 NIV).
For more information, consider reading The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel (published by Zondervan, 2004). Or, if you like the more technical stuff, try Darwin’s Black Box by biochemist Michael Behe (published by Touchstone, 1996) and Creator and the Cosmos by astrophysicist Hugh Ross (published by NavPress, 1993).