“Without Excuse” ( Romans 1:20, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

God’s creative force — His Spoken Word — is difficult to imagine much less comprehend. That God Speaks “Let there be light” and light appears; that He makes matter and energy from nothing is staggering. Even the Big Bang Theory of the creation of the universe does not explain how something came from nothing. Where did the energy originate if not from God?

“For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.”

God’s divine nature is apparent in the stark variety within His mighty creation — if you will, within His Intelligent Design we see not only His power but His creativity, a creativity beyond ours. If you’ve any doubt, watch BBC America’s PLANET EARTH and marvel at God’s world – of what little we know of it.

That we deny Him is bizarre!

“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.