“Blogging the Institutes” is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin’s work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.
The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
The skies and the earth—the whole creation—presents clear proof of God which impresses itself on the mind of even the most obtuse person! You can’t open your eyes with seeing the proof of God all around you! The skies and the earth present clear proof whereas other areas such as astronomy, medicine and the natural science also present proof of God, though it may take extra work to uncover it in those areas. Nevertheless, people who are acquainted with those areas of study will also be able to obtain a deeper insight into God’s wisdom. You don’t need a deep knowledge of science or other areas of study, however, to know God. All of you need to do is open your eyes and the evidence around you will cause you to break forth in admiration of the Creator.
Studying the sun, moon, stars, and planets can be very challenging. Furthermore determining their positions, measuring their distances, and figuring out their properties, requires great skill. Since such skill is involved in this study of God’s creation, it is reasonable to believe that the more you use your mind to figure out God’s creation, the better “sight” of God’s glory you can have. Let me clear something up again, however. Just because you’re not an astronomer doesn’t mean you can’t have a view of God’s glory. By merely using your own eyes, you can see God’s divine imprint upon the universe. For example, look at how God has made the planets distinct and yet they run orderly in the sky.
Therefore, God has given people enough proof of His wisdom. The same thing is true with regards to the human body. It requires great study and skill to know exactly how the body works. And yet, even medically untrained people can observe the meticulous design of the human body, which testifies to God’s great wisdom and handiwork.