The famous French atheist Voltaire said, “The world embarrasses me, I cannot think that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.”
Suppose you were on the sanity board for a mental hospital. You have to decide whether patients are ready to be released, or whether they need more treatment. A patient comes in holding a watch in his hand. When you try to get his attention, he keeps turning the watch about and admiring it. You ask, “What have you got there?” He replies, “A watch.” “And where did you get the watch?” “I found it at the foot of the hill out back. It used to be an ugly piece of rock, but it rolled down the hill and it got to be round, smooth and pretty. Then the rain beat on it for three million years and made little wheels inside that turn the little hands in it. The sun shined on it and made numbers on the face. Now I can look at the hands and they point to what time it is.”
With deep concern you ask, “Don’t you think that a watchmaker took his tools and made the watch?” “No, no,” the patient replies. “I don’t believe there is any such thing as a watchmaker.” Would you think this man is ready to be released? Or do you think he needs more treatment to get his brain working right?”
If it is unreasonable that we could have watch without a watch maker, isn’t it more foolish to think there could be such a magnificent, well-ordered creation as the universe without a creator?
This planet was made to be inhabited, and of all the millions of other planets, we have never found another one suitable for human life. The Bible says, “For thus says the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited”--(Isaiah 45:18).
The existence of anything as big and as suited for human living is amazing, but the fact that the universe is so perfectly organized staggers the mind. The Bible says, “By Him were all things created . . . And by Him all things consist”--(Colossians 1:16-17). You cannot have a portrait without a painter; a poem without a poet; a law without a lawgiver; and you cannot have a creation without a Creator.
The earth stays 92 million miles from the sun, which is burning at a temperature over 10,000 degrees. If we drifted in a little closer, the ice would melt, the world would flood and the oceans would boil. A little farther away and we would all freeze to death.
We fly around the sun at 18 miles a second. If the speed got faster or slower, one side of the earth would freeze while the other side burned up.
Dr. James Kennedy said, “Many people do not realize that without the moon it would be impossible to live on this planet . . . God has provided the moon as a maid to clean up the oceans and the shores of all our continents. Without the tides created by the moon, all our harbors and shores would become one stench pool of garbage, and it would be impossible to live anywhere near them. Because of the tides, continuous waves break upon the shores of the ocean, raking the oceans of this planet and providing oxygen for the plankton, which is the very foundation of the food chain of our world. Without the plankton, there would not be oxygen and man would not be able to live upon this earth. God has made the moon the right size and placed it the right distance from the earth to perform these and numerous other functions.”
Sir James Jeans, one of the greatest astronomers, said that the more he examined the vast expanses of space and the tremendous complexity of these things, the more the universe seemed to be one gigantic thought of a great mathematician. Many scientists agree. They are embracing a new theory about creation called “intelligent design.” We call the intelligent designer “God.”