Our church is providing another creation science event, with speaker Dr George Matzko (Bob Jones University). The first topic was “Design in Nature,” which surveyed various ways in which the universe has been precisely planned.
Throughout the presentation, it was fascinating to see the precision of God in the natural world, such as the solar system, physical constants, and other factors which enable complex life on earth. God’s accurate, appropriate and intricate designs have truly been “clearly perceived… in the things that were made” (Romans 1:20).
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork… Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Psalm 19:1, 4). The natural world is constantly telling us “God is here.” Theologians define this message as God’s general revelation, which speak of God’s existence, wisdom, and power. Through the voice of His creation, God has clearly revealed himself to all people at all times.
God has also communicated with us through supernatural ways, including miracles, visions, the Scriptures, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. This is God’s special revelation. Our primary information comes from the Bible as the written word of God, which is the message of Jesus, God’s word in person.
In church we rightly emphasise the word, because God has ultimately purposed to exalt His Son, “that in everything He might be pre-eminent” (Colossians 1:18). So we aim to be Christ-centred in our teaching and ministries.
But last night, we were reminded of the powerful value of God’s general revelation. When we consider God’s work in nature, we feel a sense of awe at God’s might. We are humbled by the immensity of His work. Creation’s voice stirs us to worship God, sparking praise and thanks.
I also noted plenty of thoughtful questions (and helpful answers!) afterward, from both mature and newer Christians. Believers must live by the word, yet we also live in the natural world. We observe mysteries in nature and wonder. The environment struggles under the curse of sin. Christians are often troubled by the conflicting voices which deny God’s existence.
Perhaps churches can improve in promoting God’s general revelation, for the benefit of believers and for outreach to the community?