1. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today .
Many examples showing God’s design could be given, possibly with no end. But here are a few:
The Earth…its size is perfect. The Earth’s size and corresponding gravity holds a thin layer of mostly nitrogen and oxygen gases, only extending about 50 miles above the Earth’s surface. If Earth were smaller, an atmosphere would be impossible, like the planet Mercury. If Earth were larger, its atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, like Jupiter.3 Earth is the only known planet equipped with an atmosphere of the right mixture of gases to sustain plant, animal and human life.
The Earth is located the right distance from the sun. Consider the temperature swings we encounter, roughly -30 degrees to +120 degrees. If the Earth were any further away from the sun, we would all freeze. Any closer and we would burn up. Even a fractional variance in the Earth’s position to the sun would make life on Earth impossible. The Earth remains this perfect distance from the sun while it rotates around the sun at a speed of nearly 67,000 mph. It is also rotating on its axis, allowing the entire surface of the Earth to be properly warmed and cooled every day.
And our moon is the perfect size and distance from the Earth for its gravitational pull. The moon creates important ocean tides and movement so ocean waters do not stagnate, and yet our massive oceans are restrained from spilling over across the continents.4
Water…colorless, odorless and without taste, and yet no living thing can survive without it. Plants, animals and human beings consist mostly of water (about two-thirds of the human body is water). You’ll see why the characteristics of water are uniquely suited to life:
It has wide margin between its boiling point and freezing point. Water allows us to live in an environment of fluctuating temperature changes, while keeping our bodies a steady 98.6 degrees.
Water is a universal solvent. This property of water means that various chemicals, minerals and nutrients can be carried throughout our bodies and into the smallest blood vessels.5
Water is also chemically neutral. Without affecting the makeup of the substances it carries, water enables food, medicines and minerals to be absorbed and used by the body.
Water has a unique surface tension. Water in plants can therefore flow upward against gravity, bringing life-giving water and nutrients to the top of even the tallest trees.
Water freezes from the top down and floats, so fish can live in the winter.
Ninety-seven percent of the Earth’s water is in the oceans. But on our Earth, there is a system designed which removes salt from the water and then distributes that water throughout the globe. Evaporation takes the ocean waters, leaving the salt, and forms clouds which are easily moved by the wind to disperse water over the land, for vegetation, animals and people. It is a system of purification and supply that sustains life on this planet, a system of recycled and reused water.6
The human brain…simultaneously processes an amazing amount of information. Your brain takes in all the colors and objects you see, the temperature around you, the pressure of your feet against the floor, the sounds around you, the dryness of your mouth, even the texture of your keyboard. Your brain holds and processes all your emotions, thoughts and memories. At the same time your brain keeps track of the ongoing functions of your body like your breathing pattern, eyelid movement, hunger and movement of the muscles in your hands.
The human brain processes more than a million messages a second.7 Your brain weighs the importance of all this data, filtering out the relatively unimportant. This screening function is what allows you to focus and operate effectively in your world. The brain functions differently than other organs. There is an intelligence to it, the ability to reason, to produce feelings, to dream and plan, to take action, and relate to other people.
The eye…can distinguish among seven million colors. It has automatic focusing and handles an astounding 1.5 million messages — simultaneously.8 Evolution focuses on mutations and changes from and within existing organisms. Yet evolution alone does not fully explain the initial source of the eye or the brain — the start of living organisms from nonliving matter.
2. The universe had a start – what caused it?
Scientists are convinced that our universe began with one enormous explosion of energy and light, which we now call the Big Bang. This was the singular start to everything that exists: the beginning of the universe, the start of space, and even the initial start of time itself.
Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow, a self-described agnostic, stated, “The seed of everything that has happened in the Universe was planted in that first instant; every star, every planet and every living creature in the Universe came into being as a result of events that were set in motion in the moment of the cosmic explosion…The Universe flashed into being, and we cannot find out what caused that to happen.”9
Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate in Physics, said at the moment of this explosion, “the universe was about a hundred thousands million degrees Centigrade…and the universe was filled with light.”
The universe has not always existed. It had a start…what caused that? Scientists have no explanation for the sudden explosion of light and matter.
3. The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. Why does it?
Much of life may seem uncertain, but look at what we can count on day after day: gravity remains consistent, a hot cup of coffee left on a counter will get cold, the earth rotates in the same 24 hours, and the speed of light doesn’t change — on earth or in galaxies far from us.
How is it that we can identify laws of nature that never change? Why is the universe so orderly, so reliable?
“The greatest scientists have been struck by how strange this is. There is no logical necessity for a universe that obeys rules, let alone one that abides by the rules of mathematics. This astonishment springs from the recognition that the universe doesn’t have to behave this way. It is easy to imagine a universe in which conditions change unpredictably from instant to instant, or even a universe in which things pop in and out of existence.”
Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winner for quantum electrodynamics, said, “Why natuis mathematical is a mystery…The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle.”
4. The DNA code informs, programs a cell’s behavior.
All instruction, all teaching, all training comes with intent. Someone who writes an instruction manual does so with purpose. Did you know that in every cell of our bodies there exists a very detailed instruction code, much like a miniature computer program? As you may know, a computer program is made up of ones and zeros, like this: 110010101011000. The way they are arranged tell the computer program what to do. The DNA code in each of our cells is very similar. It’s made up of four chemicals that scientists abbreviate as A, T, G, and C. These are arranged in the human cell like this: CGTGTGACTCGCTCCTGAT and so on. There are three billion of these letters in every human cell!!
Well, just like you can program your phone to beep for specific reasons, DNA instructs the cell. DNA is a three-billion-lettered program telling the cell to act in a certain way. It is a full instruction manual.
Why is this so amazing? One has to ask….how did this information program wind up in each human cell? These are not just chemicals. These are chemicals that instruct, that code in a very detailed way exactly how the person’s body should develop.
Natural, biological causes are completely lacking as an explanation when programmed information is involved. You cannot find instruction, precise information like this, without someone intentionally constructing it.
5. Nothing Comes From Nothing
As put forward by Anthony Kenny of Oxford University, “A proponent of the Big Bang theory, if he is an atheist, must believe that the universe came from nothing and by nothing.” But surely that doesn’t make sense! Out of nothing, nothing comes. So why does the universe exist instead of just nothing? Where did it come from? There must have been a cause which brought the universe into being.”
6. Can An Explosion Create Intelligence?
If Big Bang happened, did it guarantee intelligent life? Of thinking humans, compassionate animals and perfectly synchronised bodies in which all organs function perfectly, and Nature, where sunrises and sunsets happen without a miss? Even scientists agree that the existence of intelligent life depends upon a complex and delicate balance of original conditions as given in the Big Bang.
7. Cause And Effect
So, for the sake of argument, just as whatever begins to exist has to have a cause, if the Universe began to exist because of Big Bang, there was a cause for it. The cause, whatever one may perceive it to be, has to be older than the Universe, and therefore, timeless or beyond time. Because it also created space, it must transcend space as well and therefore be an immaterial, not physical, being.
8. Laws of Nature
The very fact that Nature seems to operate under a systematic law – sunrises are followed by sunsets, tides rise and fall – is too much to be a mere coincidence, isn’t it? As Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winner in quantum electrodynamics, put it, “Why nature is mathematical is a mystery…the fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle.”
9. Evidence of God is Everywhere
It amazes me that God has surrounded us with so much of evidence about himself and has kept the question of his existence squarely before us, yet we refuse to acknowledge Him.
10. The Overseer of Karma
Vedanta says one of the proofs of God’s existence is the law of karma. Adi Sankara, the Indian sage who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta, was of the opinion that karma or our actions by themselves cannot bring about the proper results in the future, not can an unseen force provide the metaphysical link between work and its results. He believed that the fruits of labour are administered through a watchful agent, a supreme being, who is Ishvara.
11. Happiness, Unhappiness Our Doing
A major argument against God is that if God exists, then why so much misery? However, let me quote the Nyaya school of thought to say that it is our karma which make us experience happiness or unhappiness, wealth or poverty. This school believes that God is the one who dispenses the fruits of our actions.
12. Hindu Kaliyuga
Hinduism talks of Kaliyuga as the final phase of existence in one cycle of existence, where Man is at his lowest, spiritually speaking. Therefore, expecting him to even believe in God is a huge task
13. An Intelligent God
To believe that there is an intelligent person behind the Universe, seems to make much more sense than an atheistic view that the universe just happened by chance, doesn’t it…
If you have ever felt presence of God in your life or you simply want to thank Him for the blessings bestowed on you, we welcome you to share your testimony here in the comments section with fellow believers.
God bless you.