God’s response to his creation, “It is good” is typically assumed to be a reference to the beauty that he brought out of nothing. While the aesthetics of God’s creation is, no doubt, breathtaking, how much more impressive is the functionality of his handiwork? He did not merely paint a beautiful masterpiece, or sculpt an incredible structure, but rather handcrafted and engineered an unfathomably complex system of functional material. I find it interesting that we tend to focus so much on the beauty of his creation that completely take for granted its complex functionality. I would argue that God’s response to his creation was not merely that it looked nice, but rather that it actually functioned well, as he had intended. While burning ball of fire suspended in the sky is no doubt attractive to look at, what is truly impressive about the sun is how it is designed to function for our survival, our comfort, our health, and our appreciation. For it not only brings pleasure to the eyes, but also brings warmth and a faithful measurement of time. Likewise, it could hardly suffice to praise God for the beauty of the human figure, when it is so intricately, beyond our comprehension, functional. Even more, our bodies function autonomically, without our express permission or knowledge. Our bodies do not require any understanding of how they work or what they comprise, they just do what they were designed to do. I find it fascinating that we still know so little about how our brain and body function, and yet they function nonetheless.
Likewise, the functions of the universe are not dependent upon our understanding of its makeup and/or processes. It fascinates me that scientists devote themselves to discovering logical and rational laws, rules, processes, systems, and designs within nature to make sense of our world and how it functions, and yet some of them do so while arguing that it is all random, irrational, design-less chance. If the universe were the result of random unintelligent chance it would not make sense to look for logical systems, laws, and/or designs within nature. To posit a law and deny a law-giver does not make sense. Either this universe exists without reason, design, and rational, or it has been intelligently designed by an artistic and brilliant rational being. It does not make sense to posit random happenstance to account for complex functionality. For if we were to come across an object in the desert that consisted of intricately complicated moving parts that performed a useful purpose we would logically conclude that it was designed and engineered by an intelligent being, who gave it such purpose and functionality.
The only reason it makes sense for one to search for systems of logic and rational in the universe is because it was carefully designed by a logical and rational intelligent Creator. I recall sitting in my Junior High Science class, here in Cincinnati, having the big bang explained to me for the first time, and I could not believe that anyone could subscribe to that theory if such a creative “bang” were not designed by an intelligent being. We know by experience in life that devices which conduct highly complicated functions only exist by the purposeful design of an intelligent creator. It is this functionality that so overwhelmingly points to a Designer. While I find the beauty of the universe to be quite convincing for the existence of an artistically brilliant and powerful God, it is the fact that this beautiful creation works according to its complex design and purpose that I cannot fathom its existence to be the result of unintelligent random happenstance.