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Nature Or God?
This world is undoubtedly the handiwork of a being far more ingenious than the human mind can imagine. Atheism ignores the fact that the world is wondrously uniform and harmonious in every facet of its existence. A haphazard emergence cannot be so uniform in law and structure. To imagine so is purely illogical. Just look at the harmony of things that are so physically dispersed and apart. Look at the beast and its prey, the herbivore and its fodder, the consistent nature of the water cycle, the elaborately interwoven system of stars and other countless phenomena of this world alone, let alone the hitherto undiscovered universe. If just a single atom, with its mind-boggling design and structure, can leave the best of human minds wonder-struck, what to say of the millions of structures formed therefrom, converging harmoniously to create various parts of the universe. And what of their perfectly harmonious relationship with other phenomena? And how well-tailored is one for the other.
Take the example of man himself. He cannot subsist without water, and water has been supplied for him in abundance. He needs food to nourish and sustain himself. Edible food, markedly distinct from inedible forms, in all its varieties and taste, grows almost independently of him. At least he was not the one and shall never be the one to produce it, despite all his claims to intelligence and superiority. Man needs shelter, and the best materials for the purpose exist within this world. Bricks, stones, glass and timber were not things he could have brought out from nothingness. Someone has supplied him with it. His tiresome struggles of the day demanded restful nights that would envelop him with peace and serenity and let him awake refreshed for another day’s work. That too was duly arranged. The genius of God stares man in his face!
In short, all of man’s needs have been fulfilled in such a way that he can covet no more for a satisfactory existence in this world. What he covets and desires further is a reflection of his spiritual need for another world, one with unabated pleasures and unbounded satisfaction. Since such indulgent desire was created for another world, it needs to be suppressed here, else it would wreak havoc, as we often witness.
The perfect harmony of nature dissolves all arguments of unbelief. Isn’t it true that man to this day continues to probe nature and unearth discoveries which continue to baffle him? Isn’t it also true that man has always been and continues to discover the ingenuity of nature; learning all the while how things function in the natural world and how wonderfully they correlate to one another? Further, isn’t it also true that many inventions of men are a clever replication of nature’s own creations? Does all this not demonstrate that there exists an intelligence which is far superior to man’s own?
All of man’s inventions have come about through material already provided and have been devised through minds already provided. One may ask, ‘indeed, what does belong to man over which he takes such pride?’ Even in the workshops of human minds, thoughts, which are the precursors of all inventions, come to man, and he does not create them. When you hit upon an idea or a clever plan, do you create it? The answer inevitably is in the negative. Supposing if man himself was responsible for its creation, the question is why did he not create it earlier? Indeed if one has within his possession the possibility of something good, why would he wait for a certain time for it to materialize? The fact that all ideas and all thoughts find their way to the mind rather than being brought on by the thinker points to an outside Source. And since all inventions of man are a result of thoughts, and thoughts are not the creation of people, the credit of all discoveries and inventions rests with the Source that provided the initial thoughts; and it is this Source to whom we refer as God.
Such ingenuity is artfully attributed to ‘nature’ by those who choose to deny God. It is strange, however, how on the one hand someone can deny the contribution of an external Source, and yet on the other accept it too; albeit being attributed to an unintelligible phenomenon called ‘nature’.
If such is the case, where would one attribute the ingenuity and intelligence which abounds throughout the universe? A single act of intelligence can be credited to accident, but what do you say about a world, as large as ours, nay of the universe, the expanse of which boggles minds, free from a single unintelligible or irrational phenomenon?
If scientists, with all their know-how and sophisticated technology, unceasingly continue to unravel mysteries of great ingenuity, where would you rank the Genius whose ingenuity it is that is being probed? And what would you say of one who lives in and observes a world of such perfect order and precise chemistry and refuses to accept the Maker of it?
If modern atheism is to be accepted, it is akin to believing in an explosion on a street that causes fragments of rubble to swirl into space and then suddenly, of their own accord, transform into the most perfect system of life and existence. There are perfectly sized balls of dust that orbit with precision and order. There is light and heat in perfect balance; there is life with all its requirements for sustenance and nourishment. There is not a single instance of discrepancy or incongruity to be found within. Thousands of years pass by without any disruption to the remarkable arrangement and order of this system. If such a hypothesis is to be rejected, then atheistic beliefs regarding our universe, which is far greater than this hypothetical example, all the more deserve to be rejected.