Design Demands a Designer

(Psalm 19)

Mike Johnson

Psalm 19:1-4 says,  “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun.”

Have you ever gone out at night and looked at the stars, the planets, and the moon?  Clearly, there is a design there and design demands a designer.  We all understand this concept.  Consider the automobile you drive and the house where you live.  These did not come into existence by accident.  Obviously, someone designed and built them. The same concept applies to our solar system, plant life, and the human body.  Obviously, a designer was involved.

Consider the following story about Sir Isaac Newton’s model.

The story is told that he had an atheistic friend who did not believe in God. Sir Isaac devised a plan to try to convince his friend that God did exist and had created the Universe. One day, he went to a carpentry shop and asked the owner to make a model of our solar system. This model was to be to scale, intricately painted, and designed to resemble, as closely as possible, the actual solar system.

Several weeks later, Sir Isaac picked up the model, paid for it, and placed it in the center of a table in his house. Sometime later, his atheist friend came over for a visit. When the friend arrived at Dr. Newton’s house, the model of the solar system caught his eye, and he asked Sir Isaac if he could inspect the model more closely. Of course, that was fine with Sir Isaac. As the atheist inspected the model, he stood in awe of the fine craftsmanship and beauty of the various pieces. After some time, the atheistic friend asked Dr. Newton who had crafted this wonderful model of the solar system. Sir Isaac promptly replied that no one had made the model; it just appeared on his table by accident. Confused, the friend repeated the question, and yet Newton stubbornly clung to his answer that the model had just appeared, as it were, “out of thin air.” Finally, the friend became upset, and it was at that point that Sir Isaac explained the purpose of his answer. If he could not convince his friend that this crude replica of the solar system had “just happened by accident,” how could the friend believe that the real solar system, with all its complexity and design, could have appeared just by time and chance?” (Kyle Butt, MA, “Design Demands A Designer”  The Apologetics Press, Aug. 20, 2015.)

The staunchest atheist should be able to understand the concept of design demanding a designer when it comes to Newton’s model. Understanding this concept should cause one to also conclude that the universe was designed by someone.  It should further be concluded that the designer of all of this must be powerful beyond imagination and knowledgeable beyond belief, and this powerful Creator must be divine. The heavens do declare the glory of God!  Hebrews 3:4 says, “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.”