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Does "God made it that way" put an end to the question "why?


In reading a book on bird song, I came across the statement that believing
God created bird song was ultimately unfulfilling because it puts and end to
the question "why do birds sing?". The statement bothered me so much that
I almost didn't finish reading the book (which would have been a mistake...
its quite good). How could this philosopher/scientist/author really believe
that was a logical and rational thing to say? Where would he get that idea in
the first place?

As I thought about it further, I realized that he probably got that idea from
Christians. It is likely a common response when the purpose for something
seen in nature is not immediately obvious. "Why is that there?" "I don't
know. Because God made it that way!" But is that really the answer to the

I think the author is right. That answer is unfulfilling. His line of reasoning
was this: "The traditional view is that biological diversity is evidence of a
supreme being offering us the gift of a beautiful nature as proof of his
existence - reason has never had much to do with faith." If you want to
believe in God you should let God exist through evolution because nature is
all the more amazing the more we learn how it works. Standing pat with
God as the answer puts and end to the question "why."

The inference here is that if you believe God made it, you have no interest in
looking deeper into how something works. Beauty equals some kind of proof
of God's existence and nothing more. When Christians answer the question
"why?" with a completely non-explanatory "God made it that way" we do our
own faith, and even our own idea of who God is, a huge disservice. If we
really believe that is the final and complete answer we have mistaken what
God has actually done in revealing Himself through creation. That answer is
correct and accurate, but it is not the end of asking why.

<a href="
20&version=ESV">Romans 1:19-20</a> says that God has revealed His
divine nature in creation. If we are to know God at all, He must reveal
Himself to us. God's creation is meant to be understood and it is able to
teach us about Himself. Again, <a
%201:25&version=ESV">Romans 1:25</a> shows that creation is able to
teach us truth about God.

Our God is a purposeful God. <a

%2010:12&version=ESV">Jeremiah 10:12</a> tells us that God's wisdom
and understanding went into creation. The world around us was planned and
ordered, not haphazard and shallow (and not random!). <a
%20147:4&version=ESV">Psalm 147:4</a> says that God determines the
number of the stars and gives them names. He invests Himself in His
creation. <a href="
%2019:1-2&version=ESV">Psalm 19:1-2</a> points out that nature
displays knowledge. God has revealed more than simply His presence in

This belief in a purposeful God is the only guarantee that an answer to

"why?" even exists. It is only an assumption of some threads of evolution
that every trait is selected on for thousands of years. The fact that we find so
many deeper and meaningful answers by scientific inquiry is a testament to
God. When we look for why something exists in nature we find a logical
reason and a purpose.

God cannot be both purposeful and arbitrary; not someone who continually
asks us to follow all of His commands and believe all of His promises and
trust Him with the eternal significance of our souls. God is unified in His
attributes. He is always loving, always just, holy, merciful, wise, faithful, etc.
in all of His actions and decisions. <a
%202:13&version=ESV">2 Timothy 2:13</a> says that Jesus, through
whom all was made that was made (<a
18&version=ESV">John 1:1-18</a>), cannot deny Himself at any point. If
He is being arbitrary, He is not being purposeful and would be violating one
of His own attributes. God is not like a human being that is at one instant
wise and at another foolish, or at one instant faithful and at another

When we accept and affirm simplistic, non-explanatory answers to the

question of why something exists in creation, we attribute an arbitrary and
capricious nature to a purposeful God. God gives us creation as a way to
learn more about Him, not as something to dismiss as too mysterious or
unknowable. We cannot know everything about God or understand all that
God knows and is (a href="
search=psalm%20139:17-18&version=ESV">Psalm 139:17-18</a>), but we
can know something and we can understand something and we can know
that to be true (<a href="
search=Jeremiah%209:23-24&version=ESV">Jeremiah 9:23-24</a>, <a
%2017:3&version=ESV">John 17:3</a>).

True discoveries of science will never conflict with scripture or with the God
revealed there. We may disagree with conclusions arrived at by some
scientists, but there is never a reason to abandon scientific observation.
There will always be something of worth to be learned from studying God's
creation, even its smallest details. We should never give the impression that
we don't believe there is a reason for what we see around us. We should
never try and stop anyone from asking the question "why?".