I lose sleep at night wondering whether we are intelligent enough to figure out the universe.  I don’t know.

―Neil deGrasse Tyson

And yet Tyson and most of his colleagues seem quite certain that there is no God.  James Hewitt tells of a family of mice who lived in a large piano:

In their piano-world came the music of the instrument, filling all the dark spaces with sound and harmony.

At first the mice were impressed by it.  They drew comfort and wonder from the thought that there was someone who made the music―though invisible to them―above, yet close.  They loved to think of the Great Player whom they could not see.

Then one day a daring mouse climbed far up the piano and returned very thoughtful.  He had found out how music was made.  Wires were the secret: tightly stretched wires of graduated lengths, which trembled and vibrated.  They must revise all their old beliefs:  none but the most conservative could any longer believe in the Unseen Player.

Later, another explorer carried the explanation further.  Hammers were now the secret, numbers of hammers, dancing and leaping on the wires. This was a more complicated theory, but it showed that they lived in a purely mechanical and mathematical world.  The Unseen Player came to be thought of as a myth.

But the pianist continued to play.

The Bible is not a polemic defense of the existence of a Supreme Being.  It simply assumes that mankind will know God.  The Bible’s opening sentence from the Hebrew is “God, in the beginning, created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).  The first word is God, and he is the foundation of everything that follows.

God left abundant evidence in the world for a fair-minded person to come to a conclusion that he exists (Heb. 11:6).  He has not left himself without witness (Acts 14:17; Rom. 1:20).

The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming.
―Freeman Dyson

 

 


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