Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:3)
Read: I’m currently reading a book right now: The Fabric Of The Cosmos by Brian Greene, absolutely love it. Every few pages or so I have to pause and step back and think about what is being said and about the interplay between the ideas he is proposing and what God has revealed. It forces me to broaden my perspective and to widen my horizons and I love it. Loving God can give me such a greater passion for understanding His universe and learning about His creation can give me such a greater appreciation for the greatness of our God. Science and theology should not be in conflict… they naturally compliment each other so well.
Anyways, between reading that and reading in John 1 today my mind went back to the second blog I ever wrote way back in my myspace days. In it I proposed two difficulties with science that I called the pendulum problem. Mathematics is good for measuring repeatable events or plotting out locations. If I were to start a pendulum and took accurate measurements I could soon use math to chart exactly when and where a pendulum will reach the height of each swing. I could tell you exactly where the pendulum will be at any future moment in time. I could also work backwards and tell you where the pendulum was at any previous moment as well. The problem is, those math equations will not be able to tell me when and where my single, non-repeatable, event of starting the pendulum took place. They would simply push right past that moment into a fictitious past. In fact, if I go back far enough those equations will move into some ridiculous ideas. The math that works so well becomes useless once an outside factor changes the game.
For the second problem, imagine that pendulum is the entire universe. Those living at some point on the pendulum might be able to figure out a lot about the world around them. They might create a workable series of laws about the whats, wheres, and hows on everything they know around them. But they would have no understanding of the whys, the pendulum’s origins, or of anything that goes beyond their pendulum. They would probably believe that the pendulum is the sum of all existence not realizing that it is simply a tool serving a greater purpose. This would be impossible for them to know unless it were revealed to them by someone or something from beyond their pendulum.
React: Science has its place. It is a very important one, but does not have final say. It can tell us much about our world, but there has been one who has come into our world from beyond it. He became one of us so that we can understand Him and emulate Him but He is One far, far greater than the stuff of this earth. This intricate, amazing, beautiful, breathtaking world in His work of art. As am I. So are You. He loves us, and it, and when we do the same we can better understand Him.
God, don’t let me ever lose the passion to learn more and more about You and this wonderful world You have made. You are the star breather. You spread out the galaxies with more ease than I pull aside a curtain. You have named each and every star, yet You have also counted every hair on my head. OK, that’s not hard, but for some other heads… You have not only set in place the tiniest particles in the quantum world but also continue to hold everything together by Your power. All of creation reveals Your greatness, and wisdom, and brilliance. Let me do the same.