Some scientists  spend their lives digging in the dirt hoping they will come across an artifact, some shard of pottery or a  stone chipped into an arrowhead.  When they do they exclaim, “Look, man was here long years ago!”  They know that these things did not occur by chance.

Some scientists  build billion dollar dishes and spend their lives listening to “noise” from outer space,  hoping that they will detect evidence that there are intelligent beings on some far star.  If they should, perchance, receive a snippet of the DNA code they might discern a pattern or even recognize its significance, and they would dance with joy at having received a sign of intelligence “out there.”

Some scientists  ponder and study until they discover the laws of the physical universe–laws of light, motion, gravity, and stuff like that.   They appreciate the existence of order and predictability.  Sometimes the laws bear their name and they receive awards for discovering them.

But what about the lawmaker?  How did these laws come to exist?

Scientists, it seems, are perfectly willing to recognize order and purpose when they can attribute it to other humans.  Who, on seeing Mount Rushmore for the first time, would  imagine that Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln appeared on those rocks accidentally?    But when the order is on such a grand scale or of such  complexity and beauty that it is far beyond what mere humans could ever accomplish, they get all scared inside and say, “No, it must have happened by itself by chance.”     They cannot even entertain the idea of intelligent design because it suggests a designer worthy of respect, to whom they might be accountable.  They cannot tolerate consideration of a creator behind the whole shebang because they have another religion, called atheism, that they are protecting.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.  Psalm 19:1

If [my disciples] were silent,  the very rocks would cry out.  Luke 19:40