“Since things show evidence of design, a designing intelligence must be assumed”
By Don Ruhl
Do you know why you exist? From the far ends of the universe to the nearness of your own body, a wonderful harmony operates between all things. How, or rather why, did that happen? Was it by design or by accident?
Thomas Aquinas, a 13th century theologian, said, “Since things show evidence of design, a designing intelligence must be assumed.”
We also have to assume that the designing intelligence had a purpose in mind. That is true of any design, but especially of nature.
Something or Someone made and then “programmed” all things to work splendidly, and to interact with the rest of nature. Some people cannot see Him, so they conclude He does not exist.
Shall we go to an automated factory where machines do all the manufacturing with no humans in sight, and conclude that no one designed the factory and all its components, because we cannot see the designers? What would you say if someone argued the factory only has the appearance of design? Do you know that atheists and evolutionists make this argument about nature? Design in the universe is so obvious that secularists have to make that argument. Otherwise, they would have to admit the existence of a Designer! Admitting a Designer brings them close to God, which they do not want.
Man keeps trying to build robots that mimic, even in looks, humans. What if man succeeds with a robot that duplicates a human? I know that is not possible, but follow me on this. Would not the world marvel at what inventors have designed? And why do they keep doing this with robots? What do they seek to achieve? They want robots to do what we do. All this designing has a purpose or purposes. However, Someone beat us to the punch. Someone designed an endless number of creatures that can grow, acquire knowledge, reproduce, clean themselves, etc.
The Cosmological Argument, the Cause and Effect Argument, on the cosmos level, does not reveal whether the cause was personal or impersonal. It merely says that the universe had to have a cause equal to or greater than itself.
The Teleological Argument shows that the Cause was personal. The Cause has personality. The Cause was not an accident, but the Cause far exceeds the totality of the universe and all its components. The Cause far exceeds the totality of all intelligence in the universe.
The Cause of the universe is wonderful. We know the Cause is wonderful because what He made is wonderful. What is this Cause like? What purpose did He have in making all things?
Please consider the things I show you, because if there is a God, we need to know why He made us. We need to know what we are supposed to do with our lives. If there is a God, and He created the universe, we need to find out all that we can about Him. We need to have a connection with Him.
The Teleological Argument
David saw it in Psalm 19,
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Isaiah reported it in Isaiah 43,
“Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
What did David see and what did Isaiah report? What have millions, perhaps billions of people seen over the centuries? What have you seen in the universe? David, Isaiah, and others have seen all creation glorify its Maker. We stand amazed at what He has done and, so, we stand amazed at Him. We shall gladly join the twenty-four elders in Revelation 4, who, when they hear the four living creatures glorify God, fall down before Him, worship Him, cast their crowns before Him, and declare,
“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
God designed all things with a purpose or multiple purposes. All those things, like the heavens, declare the glory of God. All those things, like everyone called by God’s name, glorify Him.
We Can Sense It
Everyone, atheists and evolutionists included, sense something wonderful. Secularists believe that something wonderful happened to bring us all about. That is why they spend so much time trying to figure it out. True, they have concluded that nothing special happened.
We stand in a stately forest, we look in the boundless heavens, and our eyes tear up with what our mouths speak, “Wow!” Something inside us says there is a wonder beyond ourselves, but that it does not threaten us, rather it causes something wonderful to happen inside us. We want to know more about Him. We sense what the poet of Psalm 100 had the courage to say,
Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
We just seem to have an idea of what Paul, in Acts 17, told the ancient Athenian philosophers nineteen hundred years ago, that we can seek the Creator, feeling for Him, because we somehow know that we are here because of Him, or at least because of Someone infinitely great,
“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’” (Acts 17.26–28).
Why Design Requires a Designer
We just seem to know that when we find a design it means someone designed it. We observe the abundance of nature, and looking at the rest of the universe, we know that we are not alone. We know that Someone made Earth a special place for life. We know design requires a designer because:
- We know something cannot act upon itself before it exists!
- We know that sterile rocks and dirt cannot create design!
- We know that if something fulfills a purpose, someone designed it!
- Therefore, God exists because everything exists.
Everything has a purpose for which it was designed. The Designer is of necessity greater than the design. The design fulfills His purpose. The design does not exist for itself. Sometimes we cannot figure out that something has design, because we have not yet figured out its purpose. If I know its purpose, I can see its design. However, all that tells me someone made it to suit His purpose. What was His purpose?
What is our purpose?
If we know our purpose, we will see our design. That means Someone designed us. What did He design us for? If I can know my purpose, I can use my design to its fullest and make my Designer happy.
Who Is Our Designer?
He has to be greater than us! He has to be greater than the universe.
He is obviously so infinitely greater than us that the only way we can know Him is, if He chooses to know us and to show Himself to us. Isaiah 40 revealed centuries ago this Great Designer,
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
(Isa 40.21, 22)
Through the pages of Scripture, He revealed Himself. However, that was not enough. He choose to live among us and to die here. Yet, He is the Great Designer and if He could create life, He can create it again. Therefore, He raised Himself from the dead and currently lives forever in a place called heaven. The reason He came here was to teach us of that place and what we have to do to go live there with Him. What He wants us to do is, so trust Him with our lives and with our deaths, that we will do whatever He says. He says to live a holy life, starting with immersion in water and He will forgive you of everything you have ever done wrong and He will be with you all the time.
- Seeing the Invisible Things of God (thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com)
- God and You (thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com)