The Creator Revealed

Seeing Beauty in the Creation

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: TCR

Program Code: TCR180007A

00:31 Welcome to The Creator Revealed.
00:34 I'm Tim Standish, and I'm a scientist.
00:37 But like most scientists and perhaps surprisingly,
00:41 in some people's minds, I love beautiful things.
00:46 Amen. Who doesn't?
00:49 You know, I'm Shelley Quinn,
00:50 we just want to thank you so much for joining us
00:54 I believe you will really enjoy this particular presentation.
00:58 We are talking, in this series,
01:01 about how God's attributes are revealed
01:07 in the invisible things that He created,
01:09 even His power and His Godhead.
01:12 And today, we've got a special presentation.
01:14 There we go.
01:16 And in fact, we're gonna talk about visible things today.
01:19 His attributes,
01:20 you can see them in the creation.
01:22 One of the things that I love about the Bible
01:26 is the encouragement that it gives us to look for beauty
01:31 in the creation.
01:32 Amen.
01:34 And probably one of the best known
01:36 and most encouraging text about that was written by Solomon.
01:40 In Ecclesiastes 3:11, he wrote, "He," this is God,
01:44 "has made everything beautiful in its time.
01:48 Also He has put eternity in their hearts,
01:51 except that no one can find out the work
01:54 that God does from beginning to end."
01:57 Amen.
01:59 That last bits used to confuse me quite a bit.
02:02 What He mean we can't figure it out?
02:04 No, this is wonderful news.
02:07 The more you look, the more you discover.
02:11 And God, who is infinite,
02:14 apparently has created
02:17 something that is going to be infinitely interesting to us.
02:22 We're not going to get to heaven
02:23 and after a billion years thinking,
02:24 "Oh, I've got that all worked out."
02:26 There is nothing new to do.
02:29 I wish that it was all over us. I think now I'm bored.
02:32 Not at all, it simply gets more and more wonderful.
02:38 As does He, you know,
02:39 the more I get to know about God,
02:41 the more you realize how little you know about God.
02:44 And His character is so multifaceted
02:47 as His creation is.
02:49 He's an incredible...
02:51 I mean, He is the lover of our souls,
02:54 but it's incredible to even consider the wonder if at all.
02:59 Yes.
03:01 And to me, it's not humiliating,
03:02 it's encouraging
03:04 that we will never quite have it all figured out.
03:05 There's always more, more wonderful things.
03:10 So I want to actually start out by looking at a work of art.
03:13 Okay. A beautiful work of art.
03:16 This is Moses, and I chose him because,
03:20 well, he's the one who wrote Genesis,
03:24 he's the one who wrote those immortal words,
03:29 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
03:34 This is obviously a work of art.
03:36 The real Moses... Michelangelo?
03:38 Michelangelo, right.
03:41 And when you look at this,
03:44 it's not really Moses, obviously Michelangelo never,
03:48 didn't have Moses there to sort of model his sculpture off.
03:52 This is the artist conception
03:56 of what Moses might have looked like.
03:59 Now I have a question. Yeah.
04:01 Here he has hair like mine or what is on top of his head?
04:07 You know, that is something that has been a mystery to me.
04:10 Can you see those things? Yes, they look like horns.
04:14 And I wondered and wondered and wondered for years about that,
04:18 I asked many artists that I knew,
04:20 "What's going on with those horns on Moses head?"
04:23 I didn't think anyone knows.
04:25 But I have heard a theory
04:28 that makes a reasonable amount of sense.
04:30 And the theory is this that when Moses came down
04:36 after getting the Ten Commandments
04:38 and being with God,
04:40 his face shone and the people couldn't look at him.
04:44 In the Latin translation of the Bible,
04:49 apparently that was mistranslated in some way,
04:52 the beams of light came out as horns of light.
04:57 And so this actually tells us something about Michelangelo.
05:01 He was probably looking at the LatinVulgate,
05:04 we call it the Bible in Latin.
05:07 And he read that,
05:08 and he was trying to be true to Scripture.
05:11 And that's why we have the horns on Moses' head.
05:14 So there we have an illustration
05:15 of how a work of art tells you something,
05:18 gives you some sort of insight into the artist,
05:22 whoever that artist might be.
05:25 Now I want you to consider this wonderful view
05:28 that we read about
05:29 that the Bible gives us of nature and everything,
05:34 God has made everything beautiful.
05:36 And I want you to compare it
05:37 with this very solemn statement really,
05:40 sobering statement that Charles Darwin made
05:43 in his autobiography.
05:44 This is what he was writing when he was an old man,
05:46 and he said, "Formerly pictures gave me considerable,
05:49 and music very great delight.
05:52 But now for many years
05:54 I cannot endure to read a line of poetry.
05:58 I have tried lately to read Shakespeare,
06:00 and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
06:03 I have also almost lost my taste for pictures or music.
06:07 I retain some for fine scenery,
06:09 but it does not cause me the exquisite delight
06:12 which it formerly did."
06:13 Wow!
06:15 How telling is that?
06:16 What happened to this man?
06:18 Hell, hell.
06:20 Awful to think that a person could go from loving music,
06:24 loving art, loving nature, the beauty,
06:28 the wonder that is out there, how can that be lost?
06:31 But don't you think that your mindset,
06:34 your perspective on things if you have a negative mindset,
06:38 and you're always looking for what's wrong,
06:41 suddenly everything becomes still.
06:43 Exactly, exactly.
06:45 And that is the horror,
06:47 really one of the most terrible things
06:49 about the view of life
06:51 that Darwin has passed down to people.
06:55 It takes away the beauty.
06:57 He wrote this in a letter, he said,
06:58 "What a book a Devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy,
07:02 wasteful, blundering low,
07:04 and horribly cruel works of nature!"
07:07 Darwin obsessed about these things.
07:11 And, of course, as Christians,
07:13 we don't deny that nature is broken.
07:18 And, of course, the Bible gives us
07:20 an explanation for what's going on.
07:22 It also gives us hope that this...
07:25 But notice in this,
07:28 there was a premise in what Darwin is saying
07:30 and that premise is, "Hey, this seems wrong to me."
07:36 And yet, within his theory, it's the way it should be.
07:42 Everything should be in a state of struggle
07:44 and things shouldn't be perfect,
07:46 they should be broken, and the things...
07:49 The more broken things should be eliminated
07:51 by natural selection.
07:52 How could he just depose those two statements though?
07:54 It's like so contradictory. Exactly.
07:56 It's like a logical tension
07:59 that you find in much of what Darwin writes
08:01 because we know the cruel things we see in nature,
08:06 the broken things, there's something wrong there,
08:09 there's something wrong.
08:11 We know that in the core of our soul...
08:14 And ironically, Darwin was saying,
08:17 "That's what made us what we are today."
08:20 Wow!
08:21 But what it took from him, what it sapped from him.
08:26 I want us to look at a few natural things.
08:28 Yeah, just sometimes it's okay to just step back and say,
08:33 "What is there? What's this?"
08:35 So this is a butterfly.
08:37 You'll notice that I like taking pictures of butterflies
08:40 and things.
08:41 I mean, everywhere you look, you know,
08:44 if you had this biblical view, everywhere you look,
08:46 there's something beautiful and wonderful
08:49 and in unexpected places...
08:51 This is the eye of a butterfly.
08:55 This is what's called a scanning electron micrograph.
08:58 So it's not in color,
08:59 but I love the geometry that's in there.
09:01 Look at that, each of those is a little facet of its eye.
09:04 What a... I'm not kidding.
09:06 I thought that it was a honeycomb at first.
09:07 Yes.
09:08 Well, that hexagonal shape shows up
09:10 in multiple places in nature.
09:13 But it's just kind of beautiful and interesting and...
09:17 Oh, this shocked me.
09:19 You know, different butterflies,
09:21 lay different kinds of eggs,
09:23 and they have different patterns on the surface.
09:26 I would never have noticed this,
09:28 but I happened to be working on a film,
09:31 and we wanted some pictures of butterfly eggs.
09:34 So we got some butterfly eggs
09:35 and put them under the electron microscope
09:38 and each one is different.
09:40 Each one is just fascinating.
09:44 But it's not just the eggs, it's not just the tiny things
09:46 when you zoom back
09:47 and you look at a bunch of butterflies together,
09:49 these are monarch butterflies,
09:50 and this particular
09:54 group of monarch butterflies actually meets
09:56 during the winter on the coast of California.
10:00 And that's where they spend the winter.
10:02 They're smart, there're some humans do that as well.
10:04 You know, I didn't realize
10:06 how many butterflies we had in the area
10:07 until we planted three butterfly bushes
10:11 of their back deck
10:12 and now we have butterflies everywhere.
10:15 They love those bushes.
10:16 The diversity, the beauty of them...
10:18 So much...
10:20 But it's not just the animals, it's everything in nature.
10:24 Why is it that every sunset is a masterpiece?
10:28 Anytime you can see a sunset. It's just wonderful.
10:33 And why did God have to make it so beautiful?
10:38 Why did He give us senses to appreciate this and minds
10:44 that will praise Him? As a result...
10:46 Or, you know, sometimes...
10:47 He could have made everything monochrome.
10:50 He gave us vision with color...
10:53 Just the abundance of everything.
10:55 Sometimes I go hiking up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
10:59 And again, everywhere you look, there is this beauty,
11:02 you could spend all day just looking at one scene up there
11:07 and never get bored with it.
11:09 It's tremendous.
11:11 And if you go out to the universe,
11:13 it's fabulous out there.
11:15 This is just one galaxy.
11:16 And there are billions of these things out there.
11:19 And every one of them is different.
11:21 I would love to had Charles Darwin meet you.
11:27 You know, the sad reality is
11:30 once you embrace this philosophy,
11:32 you're in trouble.
11:34 The beauty is gone.
11:35 The idea of evolution without a God.
11:37 The beauty is gone. It's gone.
11:41 It's all about utility and does it work?
11:44 And I don't think it works so therefore it's bad.
11:47 And in reality, the more we look
11:49 the more beautiful and wonderful it is.
11:52 Oh, I love these bird-of-paradise flowers,
11:54 but we could have done endless flowers
11:56 and you look inside some flowers
11:58 and you find things like this bee,
12:00 and you might have picked up that I like bees.
12:03 It's all wonderful. It's all just fabulous.
12:08 And these little birds, these little birds that fascinate me.
12:12 Big birds are wonderful as well.
12:14 But the little birds we don't notice
12:15 and they all look like just little brown things
12:17 and we don't stop to really look at them
12:20 and just the sparkle in its eye and wow, wow.
12:25 This one here.
12:26 Oh, you know, doesn't it look like
12:28 it's singing God's praises?
12:30 Yes, yes. Singing there.
12:32 Jesus encouraged us to look at nature
12:36 and see the beauty that says, He said,
12:38 "Why do you worry about clothing?
12:40 Consider the lilies of the field,
12:42 how they grow, they neither toil nor spin,
12:45 yet I say to you that even Solomon
12:47 in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
12:50 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field,
12:54 which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
12:57 will He not much more clothe you,
13:00 O you of little faith?" Amen and amen.
13:03 You know, God, He wants us to look
13:06 at the beauty out there.
13:07 And what does that beauty tell us?
13:09 Well, it tells us about God's flawless aesthetic taste.
13:14 God is an artist
13:18 and if He cares about that, He cares about you.
13:22 And, you know, when you look at a newborn baby
13:25 and how perfect they are
13:27 and consider all the little parts
13:30 that how they were knit together in the womb.
13:33 You see that God is a God that His creative ability
13:39 goes beyond anything you and I could fathom.
13:42 And when we have the hope and the joy of the Lord,
13:45 I think it opens our eyes to see all of these things.
13:48 Exactly.
13:49 And poor Darwin had neither so all he saw was the negative.
13:54 Well, we are going to take a quick break,
13:57 but we want you to stay tuned because in our second segment
14:01 we have a special guest who's going to give in
14:05 life application of this.


Revised 2019-03-28