Recently, in honor of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory’s fifth anniversary, it released a video showcasing highlights from the last five years of sun watching. Below you can see amazing images of “giant clouds of solar material hurled out into space, the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona, and huge sunspots growing and shrinking on the sun’s surface” – it’s really quite spectacular!
This just adds fuel to something I’ve been pondering for some time. It seems that the progression of mankind in our modern times is that the more we “know” the less we have been able to “think” or reason. For thousands of years (or longer, depending on your school of thought), man had no ability to see anything beyond what his human eye could take in. And yet, if you look at most ancient civilizations, they believed at least in one God (or many) and most often a creator. With just that knowledge alone, we should be able to deduce there is a God – Romans 1:20 says, “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.”
However now, with two fairly modern inventions, we have been able to see objects much larger and smaller than the human eye could see – the telescope and the microscope. What these two inventions alone have continued to reveal to us, should cause us to fall on our knees in awe at the “mind” that would come up with all the things we’ve learned. But instead, the more we “know” the more we choose to believe that if we can “figure it out” then we can eliminate God from the equation. Science (which is not perfect and is often being corrected) is the ability to discover some of HOW God does things. What father doesn’t love for his child to share in learning how he built an object or makes something work? But instead, we come to the conclusion that nothing made these things – they just “happened.” How absurd and yet sadly, this reverse phenomenon is mentioned in the Bible as well – “Knowledge puffs up while love builds up.” (1 Corinthians 8:1) Knowledge and reason are two different things. If we apply reason to our knowledge, we cannot help but conclude that the laws of nature, the animals, plants, our planet and our very intricate bodies, couldn’t have just come out of nothing – it takes more faith to believe that than to believe in a Creator! But beyond our minds, there is something else we need to use for us to truly know God – our hearts. God created us in His image (which means a whole host of things I don’t have time to go into here) and one of the main things God is, is relational – so He says, (in Jeremiah 29:13) “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
There are many other things that people struggle with in believing in God (the presence of evil and suffering in our world, for example) and there are answers to understanding those things as well. But to look at nature in all of its amazing forms and conclude that there is no God is, in my humble opinion, just not logical.