Romans 1:18, The “Intelligent Design” Verse

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

//I quoted this verse from the New Living Translation in order to make it read clearly. (Hint: when studying a passage, you can start with the NLT for its simplicity of language, and then work your way backward to more scholar-approved translations, discerning whether or not the NLT version is justified.)

Proponents of Intelligent Design (ID) believe sufficient evidence exists to convince us that the universe was created by an intelligent being. It is similar to the foundation of Deist beliefs, though IDers often go a step further to argue for a loving, omnipotent God.

Today’s verse has the reputation of being the “ID verse,” a ready biblical backup and inspiration for belief. Just look up to the sky, and everything will be clear: God had to have made all this.

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