In-Sight: Missing God on the Way Down

Recently, Jeannie called me in to watch an amazing video.  It combined spectacular scenes from nature with a contemporary song about the existence of God.

As I watched and listened, I began to wonder if God has not (again) pulled a fast one on us.  What if God has chosen to prove His existence “on the surface” rather than farther down than “in the details.”

I happen to think that God is in the details, and that the molecular world bears witness to the existence of God.  But not everyone agrees.

What if God has chosen to display His glory in the things which all of us are able to see and experience? What if the things which are seen are what God uses to prove the reality of the things which are not seen (Psalm 19:1 and Romans 1:20).

Here’s my point:  the “farther down” we go—into philosophical propositions and scientific analyses, the more dependent we become on our own intellectual capacities.  In other words, the “farther down” we go, the more human-based our observations and conclusions become.  The “farther down” we go, the more we’re dependent upon a handful of experts, who themselves cannot agree on what they are studying.

But….standing by a powerful waterfall….watching an inspiring sunset….walking through a magnificent rain forest….or watching a spider spin an intricate web—all these things are happening all around us, but without us!

What if that’s the domain God has chosen to use in verifying His existence—the domain where the “wonder” of creation leads to the conclusion, rather than the science of cosmology which studies it?

What if watching a flock of migrating birds is the “proof” of God rather than “physics of flight.”  What if God has chosen to prove Himself on His terms, rather than ours?

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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