When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

This a document from my advisor/professor that I think holds some valuable insights. Take note that none of the italicized thoughts are my owns, but simply ones that I have copied down for you.

These are reflections that – I believe – are best presented in print (so you can see and ponder them). The central theme is that God reveals Himself from the creation (Ps. 19, Ps. 8, Job 38-41, Rom. 1:16-20, etc.).

There are many whose level of expertise/experience in the way of handling scientific data is quite low… I can’t imagine taking the approach below with them – after all, their background means they value other things. In fact, most whose appreciation for the sciences is weak tend to see the explanations from the sciences as just another opinion in an ocean of opinions… of little value.

The more experience you have in the sciences, however, the more you tend to see the powerful explanatory capabilities of the sciences. You see how such explanations are drawn from huge quantities of evidence. You see how those explanations are guided and confined by their ability to describe and conform to that measurable evidence, even when tested again and again.

You see how those explanations can take on a life of their own and generate predictions – which are also tested, and which then add further confirmation to the explanations.

And if you can see God’s place as creator and sustainer of the universe, you can be quickly blown away by His capability and design. His character is being revealed.

Here is an abbreviated list of character qualities clearly revealed in the creation:

* omnipresence (from the big bang theory and from radioactive decay that describes short and incredibly long lifetimes for atomic nuclei);

* omnipotence (big bang theory again; the truly universal extent of the ‘laws of nature’ such as gravitational attraction and inertia – which we might just as well recognize as God’s sustaining and directing hand);

* changelessness – from one time to another, and from one place to another (shown by astronomical data, which gives us a look back in time – since it takes time for light from distant objects to reach us – and across great distances);

* creativity (consider the variety of birds, flowers, and even among humans; consider that the big bang theory demands a creation from nothing);

* a mind above our understanding – omniscience (shown both in the simplicity of the equations of our physical laws such as gravity; and in the complexity/inter-relatedness of the various physical laws, such as the relationship between magnetism and electrical charge behavior – which are superimposable onto the same equations!);

* a desire to be known by us (that these same laws above should be discoverable and recognizable to our comparatively limited human mental capacities; that the skies of our planet do not absorb visible light, as they do absorb most of the wavelengths not discernable by our eyes – allowing us to see, appreciate, and study the heavens);

* care for us / love (that there is protection for us built in at so many levels… boundaries for the oceans, protection from X-rays by the action of molecules in our atmosphere, seasons that promote growing cycles, biological characteristics such as eyelids and eyelashes, etc.; and pleasures for our appreciation, such as music, sunsets, rainbows, flowers, birds, etc.);

* His desire for relationship with us (the common yearning for fulfilling relationship shared by humans, and the common search for more depth –for God – in truly filling that need);

* His standard for perfection – His position on that scale of good and evil (our own consciences remind us that we don’t measure up to a standard that is incredibly, unachievably high; the laws of nature show us an exceptionless standard of action);

* how He “builds in” mechanisms for recovery/reconciliation after instances of evil (consider that dying/exploding stars become the ‘seeds’ for growth of the next stars; that forest fires lead to predictable recovery patterns; that nutrients in our soils and energy sources deep underground are both the result of death – a natural evil – for some earlier creature);

* and more… (I find it difficult to impose any type of limit to the way the creation describes the hidden attributes and divine nature of our God – this list is not complete).

What it takes more than anything else is a sense that God is part of the picture.

Placing concepts such as evolution or the big bang (to focus only on origin-type explanations) under the direction of God – considering them to be His tools – completely transforms how a Christian might look at those foundational ways of understanding the evidence.

Again, it all comes down to applying ourselves to reconciling God’s revelations of truth.

From Proverbs 2:1-6 – Search for understanding/wisdom as for silver… then you will find the fear of the Lord. [It’s not like searching for gold, which is found pure in nugget form – that would be too easy to be a good analogy. Instead, the search for understanding is like searching for a valuable metal found only as a chemical compound (an ore)… it is not pure and it doesn’t even look like silver, so it will take the skill of metallurgists… and even when it is purified it requires our continuing effort to prevent tarnishing. The search for wisdom and understanding is of highest value – it leads to the fear of God, but it is not easy; it is both difficult and demands continuing energy. *Note: Solomon wrote this within a generation of Israel’s development of these metallurgical methods. Note also the extensive use of this analogy throughout scripture… that this kind of refining also happens in our own souls.]

Isn’t that interesting? Your thoughts?


One thought on “When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

  1. Kevin says:

    Great article, Syd. God does reveal Himself in creation and He (and His ways) are far bigger than we can understand. We tend to want to think we know what God wants so we can go do that on our own (rather than having to depend on God in faith). What actually pleases God is for us to walk hand in hand with Him in faith as we reverse the maze of life.

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