Despite the fact that we have the same opinion that pre-renaissance men were ignorant of the natural sciences and at times very superstitious, Christians do not agree that man possibly had invented God exclusively for the mere sake of using Him to account for things he could not reconcile in his mind.
Men who believe this way are saying that once man became more advanced in the sciences there was no perceived need for God. But this is only partially true. While there are those who readily accepted Darwinism for this very reason, there are also many scientists who became further convinced of God’s existence the more they learned of the world around them. Some of these men found their Christian faith deepened and secured as they advanced their knowledge of the physical world. Just a few examples are: Michael Behe, biochemistry; Philip Johnson, law professor; Blaise Pascal, mathematician; Isaac Newton, believed to be the greatest scientist who ever lived and inventor of calculus; Louis Pasteur, bacteriology; Michael Denton, also biochemistry; and there are thousands more. In fact, Drs. Denton, Behe, and Johnson are just a few examples of modern academics who have abandoned Darwinism because this theory does not adequately explain the origin of life as well as Genesis 1:1.
Modern folk may better understand how things work, but that is not the same as understanding how it came to be. For example, the motions of the planets in the solar system can be predicted with remarkable accuracy; however, the actual origin of the solar system is still passionately debated in our universities.
The Bible explains the matter of disbelief in different terms, “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22). Men who live without a special rebirth of the Spirit of God through Jesus Christ are unable to ascertain what is true about God in regard to their spiritual state (Ephesians 2:1-3; John 3:3; John 14:16), but still retain a residual knowledge that God must exist (Romans 1:21).
Having a religious nature, man cannot deny an inclination to worship through various means of his own contriving. Man has got to have a God or god because there is a pulling of the supernatural dimension on man’s finite nature; religion, then, becomes the innate drive man has to be in awe, seeking and serving something greater than himself.
More often than they admit, the atheistic communities are very religious people themselves. The adjectives and superlatives Carl Sagan used in his Cosmos series are the same language religious people use to describe God: “…stirring … tingling in the spine …. We are approaching the greatest of mysteries …too exhilarating to consider…the subtle machinery of awe…” Secular men such as Sagan possess great faith for they promise their followers that they will one day solve the mysteries of life independent of God if we simply give them enough time. Sagan and others like him (Isaac Asimov) are now dead and have probably changed their views.
Deep in the halls of modern-day academia there is a debate raging between two competing theories: Darwinian macroevolution and intelligent design. The Darwinian “proofs” we were once promised not only never arrived, but there is an erosion of certainty about the factual truth of Darwinian evolution itself. As man has rejected the true God, he must find a substitute for his reverence and therefore invents a god – such as science – created according to his own speculations.
Religion apart from the Lord Jesus Christ is not man’s ascent to find God, but rather it is a descent into idolatry. The Apostle John understood that a religious system outside of the worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ was the equivalent of idol worship, and that we should guard ourselves from these things (1 John 5:18-21).
What does this all mean? Believers in the God of Holy Scripture have found the true objective and significance of the created world. The purpose of creation is not found in anything outside of God, but in God Himself. But remember that the creation is not God, but is distinct from Him. Creation is a manifestation of God’s inherent excellency and majesty.
We are to declare the glory of God and worship Him forever. This does not mean that God has any inbuilt need of receiving glory and praises from His creation for that would make Him dependent on the creature. Simply, the receiving of glory and praises of His creation is an end included in the Supreme End, but it is not itself that end. God did not create first of all to receive glory, but to make His glory existing and obvious to you and to me.
The perfections of God are manifested in His entire creation, and this manifest is not intended as an empty show, a mere exhibition to be admired by the creatures; creation by God’s design aims at promoting our welfare and happiness. Creation further seeks to adjust our hearts to praise the Creator and to bring out from our souls an expression of gratefulness and love and adoration for Him. The supreme end of God in creation includes the happiness and salvation of His creatures and the reception of praise from our grateful and adoring hearts.
Please take time to read the numerous Scripture proofs for this principle: Isaiah 43:7; 60:21; 61:3; Ezekiel 36:21, 22; 39:7; Luke 2:14; Romans 9:17; 11:36; 1 Corinthians 15:28; Ephesians 1:5, 6, 9, 12, 14; 3:9, 10; Colossians 1:16. It is sad that due to sin and unrepentant hearts, the rejection of salvation freely offered through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, some men have never attained this happiness.