It is normal to hear the claim that similarities in the DNA of species is evidence for evolution. I’m not so sure. What if these similarities have more to do with the artist? Could it not be that these similarities actually point to a creator?
One of the premises of determining art forgeries relates to an artist’s fingerprint. Commenting on a disputed pair of van Gogh paintings Louis van Tilborgh explains:
“An artist’s fingerprint includes colors and pigments, brushstrokes, style, all related to the research from the era concerning provenance that draws a conclusion, either left or right. It’s the total sum… the sum of the parts that makeup the artist’s fingerprint,”
In other words, similarities between are a key factor in determining a single artist. The images may be different but they bear the artist’s fingerprint. Style may vary but the fingerprint stays the same.
What happens if the artist principle is applied to the world around us? Yes, there are genetic similarities between different creatures. But don’t these similarities point to God as the artist behind creation? Isn’t this God’s fingerprint?
David writes the heavens declare the glory of God. He goes on to say how nature shouts “There is a God! You can know him.” But David is being poetic. His words aren’t literal, right? Well, look around you. Make your own mind up.
Hundreds of years later the Apostle Paul writes something similar. In his letter to the Romans he says:
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
Paul is saying that if you want to know what God is like look at the world around you. His fingerprints are throughout nature. Just think about the Fibonacci sequence. Shells display this mathematical pattern. So too seeds, animals and flowers. The sequence appears in weather patterns, galaxies and snails. Couldn’t this be the fingerprint of God?
To be fair, there is nothing that concretely links everything containing the Fibonacci sequence. It could all just be co-incidence. So too genetic similarities. But it is not too hard to believe God the artist is behind it all.
But why does it matter?
I want to trust in a master artist. There is a form of Japanese art called kintsugi. An artist takes a broken piece of pottery and glues it back together mixing it with gold. Experts are able to fashion something that is more beautiful and than the original.
Life’s good. I have a great family, live in a beautiful part of the world and don’t have too many things to stress about. But just like the plates in my kitchen, I’ve got a few chips. I’m guessing I’m just like you. But when it comes to dealing with the cracks and chips in my life, I trust the master kintsugi artist. I have confidence because I can see his fingerprints as I look around me. He does good work. This is what Paul means when he writes God works all things together for good for those who love him. We still get chipped or broken. But in the midst of life’s confusions we can trust the creator to be the master artist.