...the world shows design.
we talked about one reason why faith in God is reasonable; but is this
God a “life force” or “pure energy” or what? How do we go from there to
the Christian concept of God? Well you certainly don’t make that leap
in one step but one way to learn more about this unmoved mover is to
study what he’s done; namely that he created creation.
If you’re flying
in a plane (flying other ways isn’t recommended) would you think to
yourself “what luck that all of these raw materials randomly refined
themselves into this incredible device that can fly!” Probably not.
Most of us recognize that airplanes aren’t random or a matter of chance.
Highly educated engineers dedicate their lives to figuring out how to
get metal, luggage, and people safely into the air (and back down
again). We can clearly see that because airplanes are so complex and
they have such a specific purpose they must have been designed; and only
an intelligent mind can design.
However, the complexity of an
airplane next to the complexity of the universe is like a child’s crayon
scribbling next to the Mona Lisa. The fact that the Earth doesn’t get
flung into deep space or sucked into the sun shows us we’re not part of
random nature but part of a finely tuned machine. The fact that
everything gets smaller as it gets colder except water which expands
when it freezes and that one, tiny bit of trivia is the difference
between life and death shows that thought was put into how stuff works.
The fact that the whole of creation hasn’t disintegrated or collapsed
in on itself shows that it has a purpose; to continue growing. The
complexity and purpose of creation requires design. Design requires
intelligence. This is yet another reason that Catholics believe not
just in a “life force” but an intelligent God who put thought into his