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Discovery Magazine 7/1/2018

Amazing Beauty

What might the world be like if it was created by someone who did not care about humans? What would the Universe be like if it could create itself? Would we expect the Earth to be filled with so many things that are beautiful for us to look at or hear? No, we would not. Evolutionists have tried to explain how beauty could exist if the Universe created itself, but they have failed. Beauty is one of many proofs for the existence of the loving God of the Bible.

What would the world look like if a loving Creator like the One described in the Bible made the Universe? What would the Universe be like if such a God made the Universe especially for humans? Like any loving parent, God would definitely want humans to have joy and pleasure while we live our lives doing the things we are supposed to be doing. So the Universe would be full of things that are pleasant to look at and listen to. And it is!

What is beauty? When we think something is beautiful, we mean that it pleases us to see it or hear it. Have you heard the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? That means that what is beautiful to you may not be beautiful to me, but thanks to God’s love for us, both of us can still see beauty everywhere. The shape or form of something can be beautiful to us. Colors often play a role in whether or not we think something is beautiful.

Beauty is all around us. We find it when we look down on the ground and see tiny insects like caterpillars, beetles, and ladybugs. We find it when we look up, and see varieties of flying insects, like butterflies and dragonflies. Insect colors usually come from pigment (like ink) in their exoskeleton (their “skin”) or scaly wings, as well as the effect that light has when it reflects off of them.

Have you ever looked closely at the pretty rainbow colors on a soap bubble? Have you noticed that the colors on the bubble shift as you move while looking at it? That beautiful effect is called iridescence (ear-uh-DES-ents). Iridescence happens when light strikes surfaces that have several, partly see-through layers. Butterflies, some beetles and snakes, pearl seashells, fish, and peacocks are iridescent.

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