So many of you that have followed my teaching know that I speak so often about becoming more intimate with our Heavenly Father. To some of you this may seem like a cliché or even some form of lost Greek! But the truth is that to be more intimate to someone you have to get to know them in a very, very personal way.
Now many of you may wonder how to get that close to our Heavenly Father Who, the Bible is clear to point out is a Spirit. But – remember this, we are made in His image AND likeness. There is a lot that can be stated concerning the image AND likeness of God and especially as it relates to us, His creation! God does have a personality and it is made up of His attributes and nature. It is those very attributes and nature that make up His character!
One of the things I like to do when I meditate is to also speculate as to possibilities. Now many would tell you that speculation is wrong, but when you direct that toward the magnificence, majesty, glory and power of the Lord, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact Paul says this, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4.
Whenever you set your mind to think upon the Greatness of our Heavenly Father, you are thinking on those things that are ABOVE the fleshly, the natural. Now, the speculation that I am talking about is in actuality that which is based upon what we know to be true in the Bible, but which may not be clearly explained completely for whatever the reason the Holy Spirit didn’t feel necessary to expand upon.
For instance, an example I love and that always leads me to the Awesome Greatness of our God is what Moses first wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit! Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Now, if you want something to speculate about and meditate on, here is the granddaddy of them all! Think of it, “In the beginning God created . . .!” Now think about this, if the nature of God, our Father is eternal, He never had a beginning and He will never have an end, then why did Moses, by the inspiration of the very Spirit of God, our Father, write “in the beginning?” Think about it. Only something created by God, would have a beginning. In this instance, the Bible is recording for our information, the relationship that God, the Father has with His creation and the desires He has with and for His creation. So in essence, He is speaking to us, His creation. The Bible truly was written for us, mankind. Therefore, “In the beginning God created . . .” is speaking about what we NEED to know about OUR beginning.
Now consider this; in that process, God is revealing Himself, His nature, attributes and thus character to us, His creation! So therefore, like God, whom we are created in the image and likeness of, part of our nature is that we are also eternal. The difference is where God is eternal with no beginning, man has a beginning in God! We are still eternal, for in eternity there is no such thing as an end.
Now I want to focus on another aspect of God’s attributes. He is Omniscience; which literally means, All-Knowing. All-Knowing; all knowledge; possessing every bit of anything to be known or was ever known or what can and will be known! Now that blows my mind, to put it bluntly! I can’t hardly imagine that kind of knowledge and I know that nobody else can either because that is what science, and especially today is trying to fathom! Yet, faith tells me that it is true. I don’t JUST believe it, for through growth and maturity faith has transformed that belief into knowledge, into actually knowing the truth of it! There is nothing in this earth or in the heavens that could persuade me otherwise. This isn’t stubbornness, it is a by-product of a faith-built relationship with my Heavenly Father who is ALL-KNOWING!
Are you beginning to see what speculation and meditation can do? Now, I want you to consider this question: If God, whom we call Father, is omniscience; omni (all) science (knowledge) then why do Christians have such a hate relationship with Science or the study of science? Are you, my reader, aware that some of the greatest scientists in history also believed in the authority of the Bible? Are you aware that many of them did not believe science was possible with out a God of order. Someone who is not only intelligent, but orderly, wise and powerful? Now hear me out before you shut me out!
Think of this; the Bible tells us in Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
The context of this passage is in relation to things that will be happening in the last days, the days before Christ Jesus, Himself shall return. In this context, we only get a glimpse, we don’t get a timeline as far as actual years or days. Well, in that context, we live in a society where many are running to and fro, in essence, the world is getting smaller due to that fact and knowledge is certainly and has been for a hundred years been on the increase and dramatically so over the past half of century! It is advancing at an almost exponential rate!
One great achievement has been with the space telescope the Hubble Space Observatory and at this time that is pretty much obsolete, but one it has taught us about the universe we live in! One of the greatest things they have proposed comes from what they call the Hubble Space Telescope Ultra Deep Field program. This is where they took images of galaxies and constellations whose light they say began toward the beginning of the universe and is only just now reaching us! Now this is where it gets touchy with some Christians and as a Holy Spirit filled Christian I have a problem understanding why this is such a touchy subject. The only explanation I can come up with is that some people’s faith is so limited that if they don’t put God in a box of their size and shape, they couldn’t cope with the knowledge God is releasing to mankind. Don’t forget, any knowledge we gain, is because God IS sovereign and has never relinquished control!
You see, God, being omniscience is the creator of science and all the laws and principles that govern science. God is the One that established order out of chaos as Moses wrote in the Book of Genesis.
So for instance there is a law of science that we are all very familiar with; it is the law of gravity. It’s what keeps us firmly planted on this body of rock we call the earth. Without it we would all be flung into space.
This is how it is explained: Every particle attracts every other particle with a force that is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the distance between them.
Now please don’t get confused by the explanation, I am really only using it as an example of something that scientists have “discovered” to help them explain why certain things take place. And this is a hard fact, not a theory. It has been PROVEN to be true. Sir Isaac Newton was the first to propose this idea.
This is an excerpt of a biography on him concerning his religious beliefs:
“Newton also wrote on Judeo-Christian prophecy, whose decipherment was essential, he thought, to the understanding of God. His book on the subject, which was reprinted well into the Victorian Age, represented lifelong study. Its message was that Christianity went astray in the 4th century AD, when the first Council of Nicaea propounded erroneous doctrines of the nature of Christ. The full extent of Newton’s unorthodoxy was recognized only in the present century: but although a critic of accepted Trinitarian dogmas and the Council of Nicaea, he possessed a deep religious sense, venerated the Bible and accepted its account of creation. In late editions of his scientific works he expressed a strong sense of God’s providential role in nature.”
Alfred Rupert Hall
“Sir Isaac Newton” Microsoft® Encarta® DVD. Copyright © 1998 Microsoft Corporation.
Sir Isaac Newton is considered to be the “father” of the principles concerning the Law of Gravity. He had strong religious beliefs that many times put him jeopardy of his career. But, he held strong to those beliefs and is considered one of the great scientists in history.
I have said all that for this; if God is the true God and originator of science and we are His children why are we in such a hate relationship with science? Shouldn’t it be with those that are interpreting science and trying to bend the laws of truth to match their own theories? There are many areas of theoretical science that are today being taught as fact. In other words, not all Scientists are wrong when concerning the facts of science, only in their interpretation. As an example let me use one of the greatest deceivers of all time: Charles Darwin. I am not going to argue evolution, for as far as I’m concerned, there is NO argument to support it, I am going to argue his interpretation of it and the interpretation of the scientists who twist the truth to fit their theories even today and teach it as a fact, cramming it down the throats of our children!
As Christians, shouldn’t we take the Lord’s example as well as the Apostles and “reason together?” Next part, we will tackle some of the interpretations and we will tackle some of the things that point to a relationship that our God has with science.