If you want to know if God exists, just look up. The existence of the stars points to the existence of a great Creator. In ancient times, man tried to number the stars. With the invention of the telescope, galaxies composed of numerous stars were discovered. In 1900, scientists estimated that there were one hundred thousand galaxies. As telescopes became more powerful, the sheer size of the universe became more evident. Now, using the Hubble Telescope, we can see over fifty billion galaxies from earth. With even the smallest galaxy containing more than ten billion stars, the vastness of the cosmos becomes staggering.
It was from this–“the order of the motion of the stars and all things”—that Plato (427-348 B.C.) argued for the existence of God.” In a surviving fragment of one of his works, Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), argued:
When the night had darkened the lands and [people] should behold the whole of the sky spangled and adorned with stars; and when they should see the changing lights of the moon as it waxes and wanes, and the risings and settings of all these celestial bodies, their courses fixed and changeless throughout eternity—when they should behold all these things, most certainly they would have judged both that there exist gods and that all these marvelous works are the handiworks of the gods.
The Roman orator and statesman, Cicero (106-43 B.C.), wrote, “What could be more clear or obvious when we look up to the sky and contemplate the heavens, than that there is some divinity of superior intelligence?” Abraham Lincoln said, “I never behold them [the heavens filled with stars] that I do not feel I am looking in the face of God. I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
More important than the words of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, or Lincoln, the Psalmist of the Bible wrote that “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2). “When I consider the heavens,” another Psalm says, and “the work of Your hands, the moon and the starts, which you have ordained” (Psalm 8:3), the existence of God is obvious.
The Apostle Paul uses the same argument in Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world [Gods] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that [people] are without excuse.” In other words, the existence of creation leaves us with no excuse for not believing in a Creator. I like what Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” Like so many before me, when I gaze up to the heavens on a dark night and behold the star-filled skies, I say, “Yes, God is there!”
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About the Author: Dr. Daniel King is a missionary evangelist who has traveled to over seventy nations in his quest for souls. His goal is to lead 1,000,000 people to Jesus every year through massive Gospel Festivals, distribution of literature, and leadership training. Because of his experience and research on evangelism, he is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in mass evangelism. As an evangelist, he has a deep interest in using apologetics to convince skeptics that God is real.