I went to the store and bought some jelly beans to give to my class. As they entered, I gave them all some of them. Why did they have jellybeans?
This is not a challenging question, is it? They have jellybeans because I gave them some. If I didn’t go to the store, pick them out, and bring them with me for my students, would they have jellybeans? If the people in the factory somewhere didn’t put the ingredients together and package them, would I have been able to buy them?
This is something that we refer to as cause and effect. As we live our lives, we operate under this all the time. It basically tells us that all that we see around us is contingent upon something else. We have light because we have the sun providing that light. We find that even as knowledgeable as our medical community is, their expertise only goes so far to sustain a human life. We are contingent upon things outside of our self to live.
Science for years has attempted to make a fool out of those of us who adhere to a Creator. They say that our views are closed minded and dangerous. Their position holds true, even if they are throwing a lot of observations out the window by ignoring the order of the Universe. Could I shake up mud long enough to create something? Could I take a bowl of sugar and stare at it while it morphs into a bag of cult colored, multi-flavored jellybeans? That would take a lot more faith, in my mind, than to believe there is a God who ordered things.
Job, in the Old Testament, had a real crisis of faith. He lost everything in short order and had his wife and his friends offer less than helpful advice. Job eventually goes to God and complains about all of it. God reminds him of some important truths that hit at the very heart of this debate about origin.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone — while morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? ” – Job 38:4-7
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble for days of war and battle? What is the way to the place where the lightning is disperse or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?” – Job 38:22-24
Job finally understands the role that God played in ordering the Universe and in the daily affairs of it. God has been personally involved with His creation. He is able to be known and desires to be known by us. This is a profound truth that sets Christianity apart from other worldviews.
“I know you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted…..surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. – Job 42:2-3
There must be some reason why everything is here. I know that humanity has long thought that they could obtain some sort of autonomy, but any rational thinker knows that can’t be true. We do not control as much as we might think we do. So much is said about happiness and making things happen for yourself. We control so little and we need to understand this. No matter who we are, or what we believe, we need to have some sort of answer for where it all began. If the big bang is the best that science can come up with, then who is it that is living by more faith?
The bottom line is that an ordered world demands an ordered beginning. You can’t have an ordered beginning without some sort of design. You can’t have a design without a designer. It all points to God, not to some random, coincidental happening.