The August edition of Omni magazine featured a cover article on the scientific search for God. It is an interesting article that poses an interesting question. Is it possible to find God apart from supernatural revelation? Can we, through some kind of analysis prove that God exists? If so, what can we learn from that analysis?
Putting aside revelation for a brief moment, you and I can discover some things about God by dividing what we know about living things from what we know about non-living things. By examining the complex nature of cell
structures and genetic material, (their codes and enormous complexity), we must conclude that such things demand a Creator. It is a fact, there is nothing unnatural with a highly complex structure that wasn’t made by man, therefore, we must conclude that nothing of a highly structured order in nature (all things in nature have complex structures) can have its existence without a Creator. So, God does exist.
By virtue of the fact that the largest to the smallest forms have complexity—from DNA to the molecular structure of a simple stone, we must conclude that God has intelligence. We can also conclude this from the fact that man is an intelligent creature. Non-intelligence cannot breed intelligence. So, God is intelligent.
By examining the variety of life forms on the earth (there are literally thousands), we must conclude that God is creative.
By examining the animal and human kingdom, you and I discover that for most of nature, the male is the dominant sex. This is true with humans as well as many species of animals. It is also true that the adult woman is dominant, (with her mate), over the child. This is order, and from nature we can conclude that God has some sense of order. Because of the evidence offered and the conclusions already drawn, we can arrive at the conclusion that God also has some sense of moral order.
Because all higher life forms are able to feel emotion, we must conclude that God also has emotion.
Because we are able (strictly from nature) to conclude that God is intelligent, creative, emotional, and a being with order and some moral ethic we discover that God is a living being with personality and purpose. What we cannot discover by examining nature alone is what God is made of. Because nature cannot tell us these things, neither can it tell us how to reach God, or what His moral attributes are. For these things, we are completely at the mercy of whether or not God chooses to reveal them to us—revelation.
By studying the world around us, we can discover whether or not God exist. He does. Through that study we can discover certain things about God. We have done that. But we cannot discover God Himself—who He is, why He created us, His desire for us. His purpose for creation. These things can never be “discovered,” they can only be revealed by God to us. To learn these things we are at the mercy of revelation. But which revelation? The revelation of Buddha, Mohammed, Karl Marx. Jesus? If any revelation is contrary to what we know to be fie about God from nature, then that revelation must be false. We can conclude from a simple study of nature that atheism—which denies God’s existence—is wrong. We can conclude that the popular New Age concept of God as a force in nature—but devoid of intelligence or personality—is also wrong.
The Bible lays out God’s revelation to us in no uncertain terms. It agrees with nature’s testimony as to God’s existence. It spells out His personal attributes, His character, His emotions, and His desires for mankind—collectively and individually.
The Apostle Paul, while addressing the Athenians at the Areopagus wisely said, “The God who made the world and all things in it, since he is Lord of Heaven and Earth…since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things…they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are His offspring.’ Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like…an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
God has revealed himself to us in nature and in His Son, Jesus Christ, whom He raised from the dead. We know of His existence. We know His attributes and will. We must simply decide what our responsibility to God is. And we must live accordingly.