Seeing Creation Two Ways

There’s a kind of optical illusion where, if you look closely, you can see two different images. Usually one of the two images is obvious while it takes some concentrated viewing to see the other image. My favorite is the optical illusion of the old woman and young woman. I usually see the old woman first and have to study it a little more before I see the young woman.

When I look at creation I also see it two ways. I see it with my physical eyes (and experience it with the other four senses as well). Science helps me understand what I see and also what I can’t see with my own eyes (the microscopic and telescopic views). It’s astonishing what scientific study and research have discovered about our amazing cosmos!

But when I look at creation I also see it through the eyes of faith. I see more than what I see physically; I see a creator behind the creation. Everything had to come from something. When I view a painting I know it’s been painted. When I see a sculpture I know someone sculpted it. When I see creation I know someone created it.

Science is not the enemy of faith, the two just operate in different realms. Science describes what is. Sometimes science conjectures, hypothesizes how things got the way they are, but until it’s proven it remains conjecture, a hypothesis. Science moves beyond its realm of study when it holds an opinion about God, who is not able to be studied. When scientists don’t believe in God’s existence it is as much of a belief as it is for those scientists who do believe in God’s existence.

Some very smart scientists believe God does not exist, and some very smart scientists believe God does exist. A decision about God’s existence depends on more than just what can be observed. It’s as much a heart decision as it is a head decision. The reality is that there isn’t enough evidence to compel belief by everyone, but there is enough evidence to make belief compelling for some!

When I watch a nature program I appreciate all they’ve learned and photographed about creation. God is conspicuous by His absence in most of these presentations, but I simply overlook this absence and insert my own praise to God for His astonishing creation that science helps me to see!

Yes, I like the optical illusions where there’s two ways of seeing it. I like looking at creation in the same way!

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20


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