The Design of Our Planet

Why I Believe in God

There is also the teleological argument. The word telos in Greek means ‘the end,’ and teleology is that view of philosophy which sees that in the universe things are designed for a purpose, for an end. Atheists and evolutionists (they must almost invariably be one and the same) detest the words ‘purpose’ and ‘teleology’ because they believe that the world has no purpose. They believe it is all one gigantic accident, simply the concatenation [the linking together as in a chain] of atoms that happened to come together in a chance fashion. Although people may say that things exist in an incredibly complex way and that is the only reason why we are here, it is hard for the human mind to disregard that fantastic number of evidences that Someone has been providing for our well-being.

Consider the mass and size of this planet upon which we have been placed. It is just right. Dr. Wallace says that if the earth were either 10 times larger or 10 percent smaller than it is, life would not be possible upon this planet. Furthermore, it is just the right distance from the sun, and thus we receive the right amount of heat and light. If it were further away, we would freeze, and if it were closer (such as the distance of Mercury or Venus) we would not be able to survive.

Consider the amazing fact of the tilt of the axis of the earth. None of the other planets is tilted as ours is – 23 degrees. The angle provides that the earth is slowly turned in all parts of its surface before the rays of the sun, much as a chicken would be turned on a spit. If there were no tilt to the axis, the pole would accumulate enormous masses of ice, and the centre part of the earth would become intensely hot.