You may have heard about a satellite that was sent to study the planet Jupiter. Everything depended on the calculations made for the firing of the engines, so that it would correctly enter the planets orbit rather than shoot off into space. A billion dollars of investment was riding on this narrow window of opportunity.
When they succeeded, everyone was ecstatic, and relieved. The scientists who did all the mathematical calculations, engineering designs and meticulous planning deserved the congratulations they received. But, no one was giving thanks to the God who created a universe that is so mathematically precise, that we can actually work out where Jupiter would be when our satellite arrived.
Until recently, the Bible’s story of our origins held sway for most people in the Western World – including many scientists. The idea that we could have a world with so much precision and complexity, but no creator or designer, made no sense to most people. If a chair, a car, and a sponge cake exist because human beings created them, then it follows that human beings – who are far more complex – also exist because God created them.
But some scientists tell a different story about who we are, and where we come from – called evolution. They want us to believe that the precision and complexity of our universe – including human beings – is the result of random processes over time. Even death and extinction are seen as a normal part of these processes. They like to say “We are made of star stuff”, in an attempt to make us feel more significant than we really are in such a vast universe. The Bible, on the other hand, says that we were created in the image of God, and that the universe and this world, were created with us in mind.
Sadly, this world is no longer in harmony with the Creators original purpose, because of our sin and rebellion. The ripple effects of our misdeeds – despite all the good we do – has brought our world to the brink of disaster. From an evolutionary perspective, this world might be better off if we became extinct. But, from God’s perspective, we are the crown of His creation and worth saving.
God made us for eternity, and His way to save us is very precise. “IF you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED.” Mark TroddSee my blog www.writersforjesus.com