The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4
The Teleological Argument for God originates in the idea that the world we see demonstrates a purposeful design. This necessitates that there is a Designer. This aligns clearly with what God’s Word says about the world:
Psalm 19:1-4 (see above)
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
“I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made marvelous are your works” Psalm 139:14
“I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.” Isaiah 45:12
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Psalm 8:3-4
We often call the observable universe and all in it “creation” in Christian circles. This is perfectly appropriate for “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” Creation necessitates a Creator. God’s Word clearly teaches that everything we see has been made by God, it is God’s handiwork. If this is so, what should we expect to observe? A universe that has elements of DESIGN.
Is this what we see? An astounding YES!
As Francis Collins, the world-renowned geneticist, has stated, “When you look from the perspective of a scientist at the universe, it looks as if it knew we were coming. There are 15 constants –the gravitational constant, various constants about the strong and weak nuclear force, etc.– that have precise values. If any one of those constants was off by even one part in a million, or in some cases, by one part in a million million, the universe could not have actually come to the point where we see it. Matter would not have been able to coalesce, there would have been no galaxies, stars, planets or people.” Check out this video learn more about these various constants that support our universe…
Could these have happened by chance? If you were to walk along the beach and see writing in the sand saying something like “I love Mary” what would you think? I am sure you would assume, not seeing anyone else on the beach at the time, that the waves must have miraculously formed the sand into these letters and words, right? Of course not! You would know that SOMEONE else MUST have been there! 9 letters and you assume there must have been a creator?! How much more complex and intentionally organized is our universe than three short words in the sand? Our universe is designed with intentional purpose. The fact that I am sitting here writing this sentence is a miracle!
Just think of the complexity of our universe, from the molecules that make up everything we see to the stars that fill the sky! A group of researchers at the University of Hawaii did a study to show that there are more stars in the known universe than there are sand grains on Earth. Isn’t that remarkable? But did you know that in just ten drops of water there are more H20 (water) molecules than there are stars that have been discovered! The complexity of things smaller than we can see is as great, perhaps greater, than that which is larger than us! We live in an amazing universe!
For this reason, Scripture speaks rightly that: “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”” -Psalm 14:1
We are still discovering the complexity of the universe in which we live. There are still uncountable things which we do not understand. It is a fools folly to think that all of this could have happened by accident. Our world and universe shouts out “WE WERE CREATED!”