Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Science...



One of the great things about the Christian faith is how it so heartily commands and encourages the pursuit of science.  "Study every single inch of this big, beautiful world... search out its full potential... figure out how it all works and all the cool things you can do with it... enjoy its glory and image your Creator by being creative yourself, with the stuff of creation... take dominion."

In fact, the doctrine of creation and the orderly universe that comes with it is the very basis for the investigations of science.

Adam was doing the work of science way back in Genesis 2, when he classified the animals by this name or that. Science is one way of getting to know the mind of the Maker, more fully exploring and appreciating all that he has spoken into existence.

"God, who founded everything in the world according to the norm of quantity, also has endowed man with a mind which can comprehend these norms.... God wanted us to recognize them by creating us after his image so that we could share in his own thoughts."
~Johannes Kepler, amazing scientist of the 16th & 17th centuries, best known for articulating the laws of planetary motion

However... the image-bearers who should have been seeking more of God's eternal, inexhaustible mind fell into the ruins of sin.  And now, our "science" often develops along unbelievably destructive paths.  Rather than using science to serve humanity and bring glory to God, we use it to dehumanize humanity and usurp the authority of God.  We create efficient methods for euthanasia... we harvest human embryos for medical research... we remove the contents of their skulls as inconvenient babies are being delivered into this world.

But through the grace of Christ our Savior, we can once again pursue science with wisdom, with love for God, and love for neighbor... with holiness.

And one day, in the resurrection, when the heavens and the earth have been made new, can you imagine what discoveries of science await the people of God?  Shazam.

Below there is a link to an interesting article highlighting the wrong-headedness of how our culture often understands (or mis-understands) science.  I don't believe the author is writing from a Christ-centric point of view, but he has lots of good & insightful things to say.  "How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything"...

Click HERE.



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