The breadth of what we can learn from the scientific data is remarkable. Here’s a distillation of information from my book The Case for a Creator.
First, as I discussed earlier, the cause behind the beginning of the universe must be an uncaused, timeless, immaterial, personal beingendowed with freedom of will and enormous power.
Next, the fine-tuning of the universe shows that the Creator is intelligent and loving in how he fitted our environment for life.
Also, we see from the complexity of molecular machines as well as the information encoded in DNA that the one behind life is incredibly creative. From just these examples, the portrait of the Creator from the scientific data is remarkably in line with the God of the Bible:
• Creator? “In the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands” (Ps. 102:25).
• Uncaused and timeless? “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Ps. 90:2).
• Immaterial? “God is spirit . . .” (John 4:24).
• Personal? “I am God Almighty” (Gen. 17:1).
• Freedom of will? “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3).
• Enormously powerful? “The Lord is . . . great in power” (Nahum 1:3).
• Intelligent? “How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Ps. 104:24).
• Loving? “The earth is full of his unfailing love” (Ps. 33:5).
• Creative? “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Ps. 139:14).
Science doesn’t tell us everything we need to know, but this much is clear: the kind of Creator science points to is one who could communicate with his creatures if he wanted to. That’s why the next section will discuss questions related to what I believe to be God’s revelation, the Bible.
Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.