Psalms 104: The Architect

I have to admit, even though reading GK Chesterton can be a little bit dense, when you read things like Psalms 104, you can understand where he is coming from much more easily.

Look at some of these verses in this chapter (I want to jump around a little bit).

Psa 104:13  He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

Psa 104:16  The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;

Psa 104:21  The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

Notice the interesting things. The psalmist is attributing natural phenomenon directly to the hand of God. God is watering the earth, God planted the trees and God provides the meat for the lions.

However, we seem to have a naturalistic answers for all of these things. We know what makes it rain, we know how seeds get blown around and become planted in the earth, and we know how lions hunt animals that are below them. We have enough experimental evidence here on earth to be able to predict that these things happen through seemingly naturalistic reasons.

GK Chesterton had an interesting way to approach this question that is certainly consistent with the Biblical passage.

“It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore” (p. 91).

God is certainly big enough to continue having an active involvement in nature. It may be that even though we think that naturalistic causes exist without God, God might still be behind it. Patterns in nature do not absolutely eliminate the existence of God. Perhaps the reason that everything fits together in such nice patterns is because God is behind it. Basically, that is one of the tenants of fine-tuning.


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