Newton's Model


Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was a British scientist, mathematician, and philosopher who formulated and proved the law of gravity. That a maker is required for anything produced is a lesson Sir Isaac Newton was able to teach forcefully to an atheist-scientist friend of his. Sir Isaac had an accomplished artisan design and constructed a small scale model of the solar system. When the project was finished it was placed on a large table in a room in Newton's home. The workman had done a commendable job, simulating not only the various sizes of the planets and their relative positions, but also constructing the model so that everything rotated and orbited when a crank was turned. It was fascinating to watch-particularly to anyone schooled in the sciences. (See fig. 82.)

Newton's atheist-scientist colleague came by for a visit. After examining, the model, he remarked, "My, what an exquisite thing this is. Who made it?" Newton, as if he weren't paying attention, responded by saying, "Nobody." Stopping his inspection, Newton's friend turned and said, "Sir Isaac, evidently you misunderstood my question. I asked who made this model?" Newton was delighted with his friend's reaction, and replied in a still more serious tone, "Nobody. What you see just happened to assume the form it now has." Still not discerning Newton's crafty intentions, the atheist abruptly responded with, "Sir Isaac, you must think I'm gullible to believe that. Of course somebody made it."

Newton then spoke to his friend in a polite yet firm way. "This thing is but a puny imitation of a much grander system whose laws you know, and I am not able to convince you this mere toy is without a designer and maker,- yet you profess to believe the great original from which the design is taken has come into being without either designer or maker. Now tell me, by what sort of reasoning do you reach such an unreasonable conclusion?"

How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind (Job 8:2 NW).



Figure 82. Newton's Model
of the Solar System