Sir Isaac Newton had an exact replica of our solar system made in miniature. The planets revolved around the sun, all geared together by rods, cogs and belts.
A visitor, marvelling at the device, asked who made it. Sir Isaac simply replied “Nobody made it”
The visitor objected strongly and Newton again insisted “Nobody made it. The bits and pieces just happened to come together and started revolving in their set orbits with perfect timing, never changing.”
The visitor became angry, insisting that it could not be. Sir Isaac quietly said, “Well, if you can go from here and look at the nature around you below you and above you, and still believe that it just happened, you can also believe that this precise work of art just happened without a creator.”
The visitor got the message. Do you?
# The chance that the universe came into being by other than direct creation is even less likely than the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble and leave behind a ready-to-fly Boeing 747 as it passed.
# A house testifies there was a builder; a car there was a manufacturer. So the world, by its existence, proclaims its Creator: God.
# GOD: the uncreated Creator of everything.
# “The heavens declare the glory of God” Psalm 19:1
I’d not heard the Newton model story, it certainly shows that he had the wisdom of Solomon as he used a few words to get a key message across, rather than simply spelling out the truth.
I have used the same type of response with friends. On occasions a friend has admired something while shopping and I have wondered if it just “happened” to come into being. Of course, the friend goes on to expound the necessity of someone to have created it – and there is my opportunity to talk about creation and the necessity of an intelligent Creator.
Whenever I’m feeling extremely distant from God and beginning to doubt him, I usually become convinced again that God is real and good by looking at the beautiful things around me. I particularly remember in college when I had a professor who was vehemently anti-Christian. I left class feeling like perhaps God wasn’t real after all… But then I looked up at the trees and wondered at how the leaves at the very top received all the nutrients and water they needed from the soil at the bottom, and I was again convinced of God. He is so good to us, and the heavens declare his glory unequivocally.
Sometimes our finite minds have problems understanding the infinite and the super-natural, but there is no problem whatsoever in knowing the REALITY of our EXPERIENCE with the living God. He is just as real as any person I know, as is the REALITY of His abiding presence, His guidance and direction, His love care and protection, His conviction challenge and correction, His providence, His encouragement and so much more.