Seeing The Inventor Behind The Invention
Man has always looked to nature and wondered where it came from. Stories have been told explaining where everything came from and, more specifically, where man came from. The Enuma Elish is one just one example.
The Bible is no different while being totally different. (Not to get too sidetracked but creation myths like the Enuma Elish depict gods fighting to be number one and creating humanity to do things for them, while Genesis depicts a God whom is, was, and always will be all powerful, creating humanity for relationship) It too tells us where creation came from. Although, the Bible does not explain exactly how God created everything, it does tell us that He did. I will not debate the method in which God used in this post.
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So I was thinking about how we point to nature (and all of creation) as proof of the mind, the Creator, behind it, yet we don't really do that with anything else. The closest thing I can think of is Steve Jobs or something sold on etsy.com, but in reality most things that are made are thought up by one person and any countless number of components are made just as many people. There is no one creator of the item. Sure I can think of some examples of brilliant inventors, but many of them had co-inventors and assistants.
God invented and constructed everything that we have ascertained about reality and all of the things that we have yet to discover. He shares no credit of the invention of the world save with Himself. For this reason we can see God in the craftsmanship of the cosmos as He is the sole crafter.
I don't think we can see God in nature if the credit can be given to anyone else. He did not build upon any other’s work. It is all His work. Sure we have inventors and scientists who build on other works and then get credit for their addition, but God requires the first credit. Everyone else’s work from the beginning of time until the end of time is based on God’s original work. When people philosophized about an unmoved mover and a first cause, the God of the Bible was and is the Being that they were grasping for. There is an Inventor before everything else, whom we can catch a glimpse of through His inventions, i.e. nature and the observable universe.
- We look at the world and see that something powerful had to have made it and that power made it chaotically orderly gives us a glimpse of what God is like.
- Who are the they? Everyone. But specifically in this case, those who are not obeying God. its those people who think they know better than God (everyone) and what they think they know will prove to be foolishness.
There has always been something about nature that has made man feel closer to something… transcendent. It is by no accident that humanity who is widely driven by what it can sense with the five senses, which together induce an emotional response, would be drawn to nature when nature acts on all of the senses. We are both apart of nature while being somehow distinct from it and when we return to it, even for the briefest of times, we are able to reconnect with where we came from and Who we came from.
Each of us are science fiction story where a robot is seeking out its creator. Some of them reject their creator, supposing they have surpassed him, while others reconnect with him to know his purpose for creating them. The first clue in the story is the rest of the creator’s inventions, which lead back to the creator himself.