The Creation Reveals the Creator
"Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (Rom. 1:19-20).
We see wisdom in nature. "How wonderful are all thy works, In wisdom hast thou made them all" (Ps. 104:24). Proofs of divine providence are everywhere. Cianide-shooting dragon millipedes; infrared vision of vipers, boas and pythons; 600-volt shock electric eels. If the world contains some noxious and pestilential creatures to be instruments of God's justice and vengeance, that also is proof of His existence. But many are the useful, beautiful, pleasurable, and helpful plants and animals that show us his benevolence and kindness. The sheep provides wool. The bee provides honey. The cow milk. The vine wine. The olive oil. Apples, cherries, plums and figs all grow on trees. The earth gives us salt and coal and fuel oil. The sun provides light and heat. In short, nature was designed for man's benefit. Man has done well to copy nature's builders. The hexagonal honeycomb design happens to be the strongest and most efficient structure to store honey with the least wax. The termite mound is a self-cooling building. Ventilation holes allow cool air to pass through while warm air shafts vent up hot air so the building remains cool in the daytime.
"The supreme God holds himself invisible, and it is only in his works that we are capable of admiring him." (Xen. Mem. 4:3)
"God the eternal, the chief ruler of the universe and its creator, the mind alone beholds; but that which is produced we behold by sight." (Plat. Tim Loc. 5)
"I am convinced entirely that that which could effect so many and such great things must be a divine power." (Cic. Disp. Tusc. 1:26)
"Though you see not the Deity, yet by the contemplation of his works, you are led to acknowledge a God." (Ibid. 28)
|"Thus then to man the voice of Nature spake
Go, from the creatures thy instructions take
The art of building from the bee receive,
Learn of the mole to plow; the worm to weave;
Learn of the little nautilus to sail,
Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale." -- Pope
"These be Thy glorious works, Thou Source of Good!
How dimly seen, how faintly understood!"
The man who:
"Looks through nature up to nature's God,
Pursues that chain which links the immense design;
Joins heaven and earth; the mortal and divine" -- Pope
|How sweet to muse upon his skill displayed
(Infinite skill!) in all that He has made;
To trace in nature's most minute design
The signature and stamp of Power Divine;
Contrivance exquisite expressed with ease,
Where unassisted sight no beauty sees;
The shapely limb and lubricated joint
Within the small dimensions of a point:
Muscle and nerve miraculously spun,
His mighty work who speaks, and it is done:
The invisible in things scarce seen revealed;
To whom an atom is an ample field. -- Cowper
|"Nature makes nothing in vain." -- Aristotle. In fact, God designed bees to make honey; sheep to make fleeces; and cows to make milk, all for us.
"One science only can one genius fit,
So vast is art, so narrow human wit."