The Existence of God (2) The Teleological Proof

The next proof for the existence of God that I will write about is the teleological proof. This proof states that there must be a God because the whole creation declares a Creator. Animals and plants are perfectly adapted to their specific tasks and to live in their respective environments. You do not have to go far to see this. Why do certain plants and animals live in your backyard? Why can’t a polar bear live in Arizona or a lizard in the arctic?  It is because they were created for these environments. The whole creation screams out that there must be a Creator. The Bible even states  this, as it is declared in Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Of course the believer completely agrees with this, and that is just it. The Christian believes this because he is a Christian and has faith that the Bible is true. Since he believes the Bible is true that means that God created the world and the whole creation declares the glory of God. It is impossible for an unbeliever to confess this. To prove this, I will point out three arguments against the Teleological Proof.

The first is that the study of the world by man has met the exact opposite conclusion. When evolutionist study the world they do not see that there is a God. They believe the world is the god and that it created itself. They say that the universe is 13.77 billion years old. They say that the world was created by a big bang 4.54 billion years ago. They say that life began out of non-living material. Thus, it is impossible to look at the world by itself and meet the conclusion that there is the one God of the Scriptures. Mankind needs the faith given by the Holy Spirit and the word of God to understand that the world was created by God.

The second reason that this proof cannot be used to prove that there is the God is because of all the paradoxes in the creation. Hurricanes, disease, destruction, violence, and death are all in contrast to what was stated above in the first paragraph. These events all say that things are not perfect. The argument is sometimes made that since all these things happen God cannot exist. Of course the believer sees all these events as being the curse of sin that was placed on the world when Adam fell. Death and disease are God’s judgments upon sin.

The final argument against the Teleological Proof is man is totally depraved. The Bible makes this completely clear in Isaiah 64:6 – 7, “But we are all as an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; And we all do fade as a leaf; And our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, That stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: For thou hast hid thy face from us, And hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.” Even our “righteous” acts are like filthy and unclean rags. It is because of this that no one calls on the name of God. No one seeks after God and no one does any good as Psalm 14 states. Since man is totally depraved he will never find God in his own power or knowledge.

Faith alone confesses that there is one God and that He created the heaven and the earth. Proof for the existence of God can never be found in the creation alone. Man needs faith to understand that the world was created by God. It is by faith the believer confesses with the psalmist in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

 

 

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