The European Space Agency’s Rosetta space probe successfully placed its Philae lander on Comet 67P yesterday, which is a remarkable achievement. The Rosetta probe is carrying a prototype of the Rosetta Disk, a three-inch nickel disk which contains, among other things, Genesis 1–3 engraved microscopically in 1,000 languages—a great irony, considering that one of the major aims of the probe’s mission is to look for evidence to support Darwinian evolution. (Water, which is an essential ingredient for life on earth, could not have been part of the original planet if the earth was formed by pieces of rock slamming and melting together, as evolutionary theory claims. So where did the incredible amount of water that is on the earth come from? The best evolutionary hypothesis out there is that the earth was hit by A LOT of comets, and that the icy cores of these comets—which are not that large—melted to build up the oceans. Presumably this theory will be ruined if the probe finds that the chemical composition of comets is significantly different than the chemical composition of the earth.) As the Rosetta probe gives unwitting praise to the Creator in outer space, we can pray that it moves men on the earth to recognize and praise the God who made them. In what follows in this post, I will present some evidences for a Creator that have impressed me personally, that I do not recall reading elsewhere.
There is in nature a simple, yet profound and incredible mark of an all-wise Designer that is very impressive: colors never clash in nature. Have you ever looked at a multi-colored flower, and said, “Those colors just don’t go together”? Have you ever seen a peacock or a parrot with colors that did not match? Tropical fish may have many different stripes and spots, and yet the colors always complement each other beautifully. There are many exotic birds of wild and varying colors, yet the colors never clash. Of all the millions of species of plants, flowers, fish, birds, and land animals, there is not one that is not color-coordinated. The colors always meld together perfectly and complement each other. And this does not hold true merely for living organisms alone—the colors of the rainbow, for example, never clash. The colors in a sunset always meld together beautifully. Telescopic images of celestial bodies find an extraordinary amount of variation in colors and in combinations of colors; the microscope and the chemistry lab reveal the same sort of variation. How is it that the colors they find never clash, no matter what is imaged? If everything in nature came about by random, mindless accidents, why don’t the colors clash? If we decorated our homes and put together our outfits randomly, the colors would not just clash, they would be raging all-out war! We can only keep colors from clashing by giving careful thought and intention to how we put them together. Only a perfect Designer of infinite wisdom could have color-coordinated every last living organism, and even inanimate objects and elemental compounds.
Remaining on the subject of colors, one may observe by looking at nature that God made green, blue, and brown the predominant colors in nature. Plants are overwhelmingly green, the sky and sea are blue, and the ground and trees are brown. This makes perfect sense, for greens, blues, and browns are much easier on the eyes and are more calming than brighter colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, or pink. There are many bright colors in nature, but they occur in small patches for variety and excitement. If colors occurred by random chance, all colors should occur with about the same distribution. The world would look like a tie-dye t-shirt, and nature would be anything but calming and peaceful.
Another amazing fact which points unmistakably to a Creator is that everything makes sense in nature. There is a reason for everything. There is a reason why white people have white skin. (Their skin produces low levels of melatonin, which is a trait passed down through genetic coding. This trait is beneficial in northern latitudes, and therefore likely to be passed on in those regions, whereas it is not beneficial in warmer regions.) There is a reason why birds migrate south for the winter, and why certain species always migrate to certain areas. There is a reason why volcanoes tend to occur near subduction zones. Indeed, a fundamental assumption underlying all scientific research is that all scientific phenomena make sense, and therefore the job of the scientist is merely to discover the orderly principles that govern the universe. Everything in nature is regular and logical. To see how impossible it is that this could have come about by chance, consider how much more regular nature is than even that great invention of modern man, the computer. Computer programs invariably have bugs; they are not designed as efficiently as they could be, and they are constantly being improved upon. There is a basic natural cause for everything that happens in a computer, to be sure, but it does not all make perfect sense. Why, a computer expert might ask, did the authors of a particular program write such inefficient code? A user might wonder why a program crashes unexpectedly or why the interface is so clumsy. The answer is probably that some things in the computer program just don’t make logical sense. There is no such thing in creation. Everything in the original creation, and everything about it, was very good. There were no defects and there was no room for improvement. There was a reason why God made everything the way He did, right down to the smallest detail.
When you see a picture of a famous person on a billboard, the TV, or elsewhere, you normally recognize that person right away. When you see friends or acquaintances on the street, you recognize them right away. Have you ever stopped to consider how astounding it is that with more than seven billion people in the world, we can still identify everyone on sight? Every single human face is unique, and each is unique enough to be distinguished from all the others. Given the fact that every face has the same basic features and underlying bone structure, it is truly amazing that each one is unique. The best artist in the world could not draw seven thousand unique faces, let alone seven billion. Only God could create man in such a way as to make every person with a unique face.
And what about the power of the human mind to distinguish between all the different faces that are physically quite similar on the basis of minute differences? What’s more, God created man with a large number of small facial muscles that are capable of working together to express a wide variety of emotions, yet faces remain recognizable even when they are altered by making these expressions.
We differentiate other images all the time without even thinking about it. If we look at a clump of bushes, our mind automatically distinguishes the different bushes from each other, even if they all belong to the same species. If they are different species, we can tell which leaves and branches belong to which bush, and we can see which are in front and which are behind, even though the leaves may be of a very similar color and shape. When you look at a lawn, you can immediately differentiate the weeds from the grass, and the different kinds of weeds from each other, even if they are all the same color, the same height, and are mixed together.
We can see from these and countless other examples that our world, including ourselves, did not come about by random, mindless chance. The world had to have been created by an all-knowing and all-powerful Creator God.