In the 18th century, some people in Europe and North America believed that although God designed the universe, that he chose not to be actively involved with his creation after he made it.
This view of God’s lack of involvement with His world is called Deism. Some people who were interested in natural science and politics accepted this view of God’s passivity.
The Bible tells another story. Hebrews 1:3b and Colossians 1:17b say that He sustains the universe “by the mighty power of his command.” He also governs human history—without turning people into puppets or robots (Psalm 2; 9:7-8; 2 Kings 19:20-28).
The book of Job in the Bible shows how God is actively involved with His creation when He says that He:
- sends the rain to satisfy the parched ground
- makes the tender grass spring up
- orchestrates the sequence of the seasons
- knows the laws of the universe and regulates the earth with them.
- makes the hawk soar with his wisdom and spreads its wings toward the south. (Job 38:27, 32-33; 39:26)
Rather than believing in Deism, many founders of modern science in western civilization all believed that God is actively involved in the daily operations of the universe. They believed that the laws of nature do not eliminate God’s active role. Instead, they believed that natural laws are the way God works to sustain His creation.
Even today there are many scientists who believe in this Biblical view such as:
- Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland;
- Allan Sandage, winner of astronomy equivalent of Nobel Prize, determined the Hubble constant, researcher at Mt. Wilson and Palomar Observatories, CA;
- Henry (Fritz) Schaeffer, distinguished physical scientist, Nobel Prize nominee, Prof. of Chemistry and Director, Center for Computational Chemistry, U. of GA.
The Bible speaks about other ways that God matters in our lives. See: "Does God answer prayer?" and "Does God care for me?"