“Plain Before Our Eyes” (Romans 1: 19, NEB) by Carley Evans

All that we may know of God “lies plain before [our] eyes,” writes Paul. “Indeed God Himself discloses it to [us.]” “His invisible attributes, that is to say His everlasting power and deity, are visible, ever since the world began, to the eye of reason, in the things He has made.” (Romans 1: 20)

God is visible to the eye of reason in the intelligent design of the universe. I love the explanation that from an infinitely tiny compressed “something” the entire universe sprang into existence in a huge explosion oft called “the big bang.” Stephen Hawking offers this as the way the universe came to be. What no one ever seems to ask is from where did that tiny compressed “something” originate? When I hear Mr. Hawking describe the “big bang,” I always imagine God’s voice as that compressed “something” from which the universe emerged in much less than a second. God opened His mouth and spoke and the Word created that “something” from which all else was created by Him as He spoke again and again. He still speaks, still creates. His Word never returns void.

Therefore, we are without excuse; for God is “plain before our eyes” in His creation.