Life by Design
POSTED ON JANUARY 14, 2016 BY BETH ANDREWS
For in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
I recently completed a Biology course in my seminary studies. I approached this course with trepidation and a bit of frustration. What does biology have to do with my major, which is Theology and Biblical Studies? I’m training to tell others about God, not about the Venus Fly-Trap. But this course is necessary to complete my degree (I had no previous college credits), so I did it, but only because I had to. (Doesn’t that sound like a kid being told to apologize to his sister?) I still don’t love biology, but I have a new appreciation for it and how it really does fit into theology and tells us wonderful things about God.
The Bible tells us that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and “God created man” (Genesis 1:27). Those verses have become the most debated statements in human history, with fewer than half of Americans holding the Bible’s claims as true. A 2012 Gallop poll found that only 46% of Americans believe that God created humans in their complete form. 32% believe God guided the evolutionary process to man’s finished state, and 15% dismiss any concept of God’s involvement in human existence at all. In recent years, that minority have become more vocal and forceful in refuting the Bible’s claim about creation or the existence of God.
The apostle Paul says “What may be know about God is plain, because God has made it plain; for since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20). Psalm 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. God has left a witness of Himself in the heavens and on earth – the stars, the moon, and the sun, trees and birds and the animals—all of creation, from the vast and mighty mountains—to delicate, tiny flowers speak to us of a Creator. Yet the unbeliever has reduced the work of His hands to evolutionary processes over millions of years in an effort to deny what nature is singing and shouting: “Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:4).
The most miraculous of all God’s creation stares back at you from the mirror every morning. YOU are a living, breathing testament of God’s existence and power. You are the image bearer of God, created by Him to bring Him glory. In his message to the Athenians, Paul said, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth . . . He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:24, 25). Again, the unbelievers reject this word and instead reason that life happened by accident, as parasitic bacteria randomly divided and morphed into molecules and cells and genes and organs and brains and arms and legs. This is where my biology course became a theology course.
Within every living being, whether plants or animals or humans, molecules and cells and genes, each with its own properties and purpose, are working diligently according to their individual design—one small part of the whole. If one part fails to do its job, the entire cell function is thrown off. The cells of a human being are a “factory,” producing everything the body needs to survive and function. From the connectedness of our organs, skin, bones, muscles, and brain to the delicate intricacy of our DNA, the human body shouts of a Creator. The beautiful dance of micro-organisms in your body, the transcribing of your DNA while you read this words, even your body’s response to drinking a glass of milk, are a wonder to behold. And if you need any further proof of God as the Designer of life, study the stages of procreation – of how a baby comes into being. This is no random colliding of cells, this is Design at its finest!
God fashioned all of nature, to the deepest micro-cellular level, with incredible intricacy and detail, with beauty and function that could never happen by “accident.” If man tries to deny the Creator who is responsible for all he sees in the universe, he needs only look at creation from the cellular level to see an Intelligent Being at work. The deeper we go in studying the biological make up of life, the more we see God. This is not without a purpose; Paul said to the Athenians, God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us (Acts 17: 27). The great theologian F. B. Meyer says, “God knows just where to find us, and in turn provides all we need to find and worship him.” God knows that man will deny Him and work to disprove Him, so the deeper man goes the more evidence he will find of a Designer. Likewise, the farther out in space man goes, the more evidence he will find of the Creator. It must be so frustrating to those who want to doubt God’s existence.
My friend, despite what the world says, you are no random accident of colliding parasites and micro-organisms. God created you and signed His name deep within you, so that you will know without a doubt that you were fashioned by His hands. He created you with intention and purpose—the greatest purpose of all—that you might know Him and love Him, because He knows and loves you. God, the Creator of the Universe, has made Himself evident in the stars and in the cells of your body. Get to know Him; He has more wonders to show you than you’ve ever dreamed.
Holy Father, You are the Designer and Creator of all that exists, including me. You fashioned me with Your own hands and stamped Your name deep within me. How can I ever deny You? No, I give you shouts of praise and bow in worship before You, Elohim—the God of Creation. Amen.
 F. B. Meyer; Bruce H. Wikinson, Calvin W. Edwards, Paula Kirk, Eds., “January 2 Devotional” Closer Walk New Testament: New International Version, (Atlanta, Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, Inc., 1990) 8.
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