Science—Man's Peephole into God's Workshop

Science—Man's Peephole into God's Workshop

"The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork"—Ps. 19:1

In my hand I hold a large piece of cardboard. Holding it before my face, I can see almost nothing before me. This piece of cardboard we'll call ignorance.

In the center of this cardboard is a tiny hole made with a pin. Let's call this hole science.

Take a peek through this peephole and you can see just a few objects on the other side. What you can see compares with what one man can see and understand about nature.

In real life man creates a peephole with his mind—his God-given intelligence. We are so curious about nature we put our eyes up to this peephole and try to peer through.

We use various instruments for this purpose—telescopes, microscopes, all kinds of measuring and weighing instruments, and those intricate machines and delicate instruments used by scientists today. Sometimes we look and look and say that nature is like this or that. And everybody agrees.

For thousands of years men looked at the sun as it seemed to move overhead and concluded: The sun travels round the earth. Then we took another look and thought another thought and concluded: No, the earth moves round the sun.

Scientists are continually taking another look, always open-minded to the suspicion that if they saw more, their old ideas might change.

It was less than one hundred years ago that men discovered through the peephole of the microscope how many diseases are caused by tiny living organisms we call "germs."

So vast and complicated and marvelous is God's world of nature that no single person can learn and remember much of the total. And the more we learn of some branch of knowledge, the more we see yet undiscovered. Some people have worried lest we may someday learn as much as God knows.

How ridiculous and childish! How utterly impossible!

Nobody knows better how silly this is than do our smartest scientists.

The ancient psalmist King David felt so impressed and over­powered by God's creations that he wrote: "The heavens are telling the glory of God." David also wrote:

In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it;
for his hands formed the dry land.

God creates nature for men to learn about, to use, to take care of, to enjoy. To understand and appreciate nature, our Father has given us curiosity to make us ask questions and intelligence to provide the answers.

Every new discovery made by looking through the peephole of science only shows us how wonderful, powerful, and perfect is God.

And how it must please him for us to learn more of his works!

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