… all things were created through [Jesus Christ] and for Him. He Himself is before all things, and all things are held together in Him. (Colossians 1:16-17)
Like most of you, I took chemistry and physics in high school. By the grace of God, I did well in both classes. Somehow, I even received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. But that’s all ancient history. Haven’t had to think about atomic mass and atomic weight, ions, inert gases, or anything like that in many, many years.
Oh, I did take Botany, Biology, Astronomy, Geology, and maybe a few other science classes as an undergraduate in college, but that, too, was a long time ago. I still look at the moon sometimes, … but not at the sun. I remember (from college Astronomy) not to do that.
My point is, I really don’t wonder a whole lot about how red shift works or how lift is created over the wing of an airplane or how protozoans reproduce. But I do think often about the expanse of space. The sheer number of stellar and planetary objects out there in the vast, vast stretches of the universe blows my mind. The power of gravity, the orbits of planets and of comets, and the expansion of the entire universe are far too staggering in scope to be limited by poor descriptions such as “amazing.” But it’s about the best we can do at times–to stand amazed at the splendor and the power.
I don’t know how to explain why polymers unite as they do to form amino acids, which, in turn, combine to form uniquely-shaped proteins that make up the tiniest biological machines within a single living cell. How do proteins “know” to fold a certain way, lest they self-destruct? How do proteins “know” to fold that certain way in order to form a rotor or a stator within a sub-cellular biological engine? There are entire “worlds” within our cells, and once again, it’s an understatement to say I’m amazed by that!
How does it all work? Why does it all work? There’s nothing at all wrong with inquiring, searching, recording, comparing, and concluding. Thank God that some people do. And we are blessed by their exploration. Medicines, procedures, new devices, and information management have all come from orderly, systematic investigation of the universe around and within us. I’m grateful.
The laws of nature do not dictate how nature works; they merely describe how nature works.
One thing I know with absolute certainty, though. There is no possible way that all the complexities of all the systems that make up all the universe came together spontaneously or of their own accord into this current spectacular, interdependent order.
The laws of nature do not dictate how nature works; they merely describe how nature works. The existence, the order, and the ongoing functioning of nature are the work of One outside of nature. It is He who dictates the functioning of His created order. It is He who wills its ongoing existence. In science, we study the product of this Creator’s will and the principles through which this created product is sustained.
The same One who established and who sustains the created order has placed within humans the ability to see and to know His “eternal power and divine nature” This “eternal power and divine nature” of God “have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
Your mind and your soul are enough. You don’t have to be an astrophysicist or a microbiologist to know that matter and energy are here and are wisely arranged by an ultimate Intelligence–the Logos (the Word), the definitive Explanation for all that is. (John 1:1-3)
This same Logos is the One who keeps the created universe in its designed and functioning order. As Scripture says, “All things are held together in Christ.” (Colossians 1:17)
We have Him to thank for our very being and for our continuing to be. It is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, to Whom we owe all thanks and praise. His splendor exceeds that of all His creation.