Last week Sara and I spent a week on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was our first time to the islands, so everything had an air of freshness and newness. Our eyes were wide as we jumped in our rental car and began our journey. As we drove along the highway from the airport to our hotel some 20 miles north, we found ourselves surrounded by great swaths of black lava rock with very little vegetation. While most of the Hawaiian Islands are green and lush, this section of land appeared to much more lunar in topography.
What made things even more interesting was all the rock graffiti strewn along the roadside. It seems that people like to take small white boulders and create short messages that are easily seen against the black lava rock. Through the years, hundreds of messeages have been formed by people wanting to immortalize their name, express love or memorialize a departed soul.
As we drove along the road under the bright afternoon sun, I was struck with a thought: These rocks did not arrange themselves into carefully communicated messages...SOMEONE had to make it happen. A person with an idea, a mind and a body was necessary to create the graffiti. If I suggested to someone that the messages came into being all by themselves, they would say I was crazy!
Yet I find it interesting that when some people look at our world and universe, they insist that it somehow "just happened". They overlook how our bodies are incredibley intricate systems. They fail to acknowlege that all that we see that has been created (which is marked by order, design, structure, functionality and beauty) points to a creator.
In the case of the rock graffiti, I know of no person who would say it is reasonable to suggest those rocks came together to form their own message. Yet, I often hear people say that suggesting the earth was created is unreasonable. They would prefer to come up with all sorts of differing and far fetched explanations of how such an amazing world, filled with life, color and intricate systems came into being, rather than atrribute such work to a personal, intelligent being.
Simple rock messages = personal creator. Complex world = impersonal chance.
Is that reasonable?