How do you look at the creation? Some people look at the creation as being an overwhelming testament to the wisdom, love, and power of God. Others look at the world and the universe with amazement that something so complex could be the product of mere chance. Habakkuk said, “His splendor covers the heavens, and the earth is full of His praise” (Hab. 3:3b). The truth is either God made it or it just happened. Christians see the creation and instinctively praise God. Atheists and agnostics do something else. They give praise to the creation rather than the Creator. Because the life and all of the universe is so amazing, they begin to give homage to the creation itself. William Lane Craig wrote about how hard it is for atheists to live the logical conclusion of their beliefs. Here are Craig’s observations:
“Nature” has obviously become a sort of God-substitute, filling the role and function of God. Francis Crick, halfway through his book The Origin of the Genetic Code, begins to spell nature with a capital N and elsewhere speaks of natural selection as being “clever” and as “thinking” what it will do. Sir Fred Hoyle, the English astronomer, attributes to the universe itself the qualities of God. For Carl Sagan the “Cosmos, which he always spelled with a capital letter, obviously fills the role of a God-substitute.”1
This rejection of the Creator in favor of the creation was aptly described in first chapter of the book of Romans. The Apostle Paul wrote,
“21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” – Rom. 1:21-23
How do you see the creation? Does it fill you with a sense of wonder at the handiwork of God? Or are you disappointed at the apparent meaningless of life itself? It really does make a difference as to how we look at the creation.
1. William Lane Craig, “Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics”, Accessed HERE