There is this theological idea called the Teleological Argument. It’s an argument for the existence 0f God that uses observation and experimentation (so using empirical evidence – remember that from elementary science?) as a basis for proof that God exists. In case you wanted another high brow word it is also termed an a posteriori argument because of this basis on empirical evidence.
The argument goes about like this. If you were walking through a forest and found a watch in the leaves you would think something like, “I wonder where this watch came from?” You probably wouldn’t think something like, “Wow, I can’t believe the leaves on the forest floor organized themselves into a Rolex.” Why? Because you know from observation and experimentation that intricate design comes from somewhere – it doesn’t just appear – it is purposely created and it takes intelligence and thought to make a Rolex not leaves, dirt and lots of water and sunshine.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. – Psalm 19:1-4
Nature. That’s the word I heard over and over in our antenatal classes here in London.
Nature knows exactly when and how to tell your baby to turn into the right position for its departure form womb to world. Nature knows exactly how to make sure that the babies first food from mom smells just like the environment its known for the past 38 weeks or so. Nature makes sure that your body is ready for the birth of your specific baby, its size and needs. Nature develops your babies cells at just the right time for just the right thing and in the perfect proportion so that everything finishes in time for your baby to have a few weeks to put on the necessary weight for life outside of your womb.
Man, I don’t know what you think but this abstract concept of nature sure seems to be on the ball.
Every. time. I heard our instructor answer a question or explain a concept using the explanation of nature it 1) Made me want to stand on my feet and explain to the class that by nature she means God’s design and purpose (don’t worry, I kept it cool) 2) Gave me a reason to pray for her to be saved and 3) Reminded me how amazing our God is.
Baby Faye is intricate. She is designed. She is thought out. She is purposefully put together cell by cell. She isn’t a Rolex that is coming together almost by accident from leaves, dirt, sun and time.
The birth of Faye may not be the prettiest thing and it is going to be painful – see Genesis – but its drenched in God’s design. It’s astounding to think about what my body will do to prepare for, provide a place of growth for and eventually give birth to this little human. It is the kind of thing you get lost thinking about.
The development of a baby is so saturated with smart that we can’t even explain or replicate the mathematics involved in it. Says who? Alexander Tsiaras – yeah that guy you have never heard but I bet you will remember after you watch this really short TED talk.
As I write this Baby Faye is quite comfortable with a foot squarely in the left side of my ribs. She has started to assume the position that will eventually lead to her entrance into the world – and by God’s grace out of my body. I can see my stomach bouncing as she kicks me right where it hurts. It is something I am unable to ignore and every time this movement is astounding.
My challenge to you is to think on something intricate today. We pass by a thousand things between morning and night that testify to God’s existence and I want you to think about what it means about who God is. Faye’s development and progress, her cell by cell building into a full sized baby, put God’s care for her on display. He loves her. He made you and me in a similar fashion. He loves us. He cares for us. The Bible tells me but I see (and often feel) it in watching my swollen stomach move with a life of its own.
It’s the Teleological argument. It’s not new. It’s something you have probably thought about before. Think about it again. Be reminded of Gods presence and character by what you see around you.
My Antenatal class says “nature.” I say “God.” And my joy is greater still for knowing the difference.