God’s Design in the World Around Us

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In the late 1700’s, a fellow named William Paley gave an illustration about how we look at the world around us. He said that if you were walking through a field and came across a watch on the ground, you would not think that watch came about naturally. Instead, you would recognize that because of the complexity of the watch with all its gears and organization, someone must have made that watch. Why is it that we do not recognize the same thing when we look at the complex world around us?

The Bible says that the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork (Psa. 19:1). When we truly examine the solar system in which the earth resides, and the galaxy, and all the other galaxies around us, it is clear that there is an amazing level of organization.

Likewise, when we look at the world on the cellular level, we see this same complex organization. Cells are organized like factories, with specialized parts working together for a common purpose. The very DNA that produces new cells in our body carries information on how to do this. Information must come from intelligence, not from random chance.

This sort of design that is evident in the universe points us to a Creator. Because this design exists, the Bible declares that “the fool has said in his heart that there is no God” (Psa. 14:1). Since God has made Himself evident through His creation, man is without excuse (Rom. 1:18-22). Mark and remember these passages as God’s word on the evidence of creation.

Matt Clifton
Judsonia church of Christ
Judsonia, AR

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