Romans 1:20


I appreciate Luke Lively granting me permission to use this interesting picture he captured. It well illustrates the Bible verse on it. For all of nature is just temporary, but its very existence attests to the need for a great First Cause to have made it all possible.

And that First Cause had to always be (or else it would have never been), which is one of the inferences Paul shows in Romans 1:20 that we can make from the creation itself: that God is eternal.

In addition, what has been made also implies the need for great intelligence to have designed all the vast varieties of living things — from the simple to the highly complex.

Just think of all there is to consider in our own anatomy! Our body consists of so many different needful components.

We not only have all of the right parts, but we also have them in all of the right and best places. For instance, where is a better place to have your hands than right there where you have them? Or to have your feet at the bottom of your legs, while your eyes are way up high to better see, as if from a tower?

How far different the eye is from the ear, or the heart from the brain, or the lungs from the kidneys, etc. Yet they each are very needful and have their own special function.

How can one believe that we all evolved from a mindless single-celled organism in a mud pond eons of years ago? How would that non-thinking substance know what would be necessary to form various creatures? And not only know of all of those needful parts, but then be sure they would form in all the right places? As some might say, “It takes more faith to believe in the general theory of evolution than to believe in the Bible’s account of creation.”

How could these, and the numerous other components that make up our bodies, come about by mere chance or coincidence?

How could so much complexity and vital integration of parts simply evolve from a non-thinking substance?

How did the genetic code come about, the information in our DNA, that helps form the way we are — and also does so for every living creature, and giving each one exactly what is needed, regardless of how vastly different one creature is from another? Just as computer software required a programmer, who or what programmed the DNA to be able to encode the right genetic instructions for the intelligent development of all known living organisms? Did it not also have need of a Programmer, a Designer?

Not one man-made thing — whether great or small — ever came about without man’s ingenuity and involvement. But are we to make an exception to that principle when it comes to our entire universe and every non-man-made thing therein? That it required no “inventor,” no “designer,” and no “builder” or “producer”?

As Paul points out, God’s “eternal power and divine nature” have “been clearly seen…through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).

All of nature is a reminder of God. As David writes, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psa. 19:1).

The child of God knows who to thank for the wonders and beauties of creation. And by looking into His word we have the additional source that reveals even more about the Lord and those needful instructions pertaining to salvation. Let us, therefore, not neglect to examine that message. For it is “the power of God for salvation” (Rom. 1:16) and the words of eternal life (Jn. 6:68).

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