Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?(Job 11:7-8) ESV
What if we told you that the world popular science (SciPop) wants you to believe in, an insignificant speck orbiting an insignificant speck drifting through a vast cosmos, is a false narrative of godless existence? Do you even care?
SciPop has crafted a picture of our universe which says that your life has absolutely no meaning besides the temporal things that you attach to it: human measures of success like beauty or wealth. So, what happens if we’re not beautiful or wealthy? What if SciPop is a false paradigm, designed to make you despair of life and give up? What if that deep uneasiness that you’re feeling has nothing to do with money, relationships, or how popular you are on social media and it’s really a deep yearning of your soul to feel as if life has meaning?
What if there’s a God in heaven who loves you and who’s waiting for you to turn to Him so that He can give you all the meaning you ever craved, and everlasting life in heaven too? What if science, true science as being knowledge of the wisdom of God, is like a rabbit hole? Would you want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes?
If true science is knowledge of the wisdom of God, how deep is the science rabbit hole?
Not long ago we had a conversation with someone and we were explaining the purpose of creation.
- Matty: the purpose of creation is the permanent physical separation of light from darkness, good from evil.
- Corespondent: Why?
- Matty: Light and darkness are opposites.
- Corespondent: How do you know?
This is like driving on the highway at 70 miles per hour and shifting into overdrive but hitting second gear by mistake and watching your engine leap out of the car in a smoking ugly mess. At this point do we roll our eyes and wonder: why bother? Do we give up? No, we press on.
- Matty: Light and darkness, good and evil, are opposites because the Bible says so.
- Corespondent: How do you know that the Bible is true?
- Matty: I choose to believe that the Bible is true, out of gratitude to God for my salvation.
This is faith: believing in something that we can’t see because we have evidence. We can’t see what happened when God created the world in six days, or when he flooded it in the time of Noah, but there’s evidence. When we trust in the Lord and then contemplate the evidence, and what could have caused it, we can resolve it with the testimony of scripture. We derive this definition of faith from a Bible verse.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.(Hebrews 11:1) KJV
Faith, Example 1
- We believe in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ:
- because we have multiple first hand eyewitness accounts and,
- the record of history as to what happened as a result.
- That’s evidence.
Faith, Example 2
- We believe in Noah’s flood:
- because the stratigraphic column, Cambrian through Quaternary, are vast sedimentary deposits with worldwide distribution which is the expected result of a worldwide flood.
- That’s evidence.
What if our corespondent doesn’t have this faith? God made provision for this in how preaching and sharing the gospel works.
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.(1 Corinthians 1:21) KJV
The idea is that we simply say the words.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.(1 Peter 3:15) NKJV
We don’t have to convince anyone or change their mind, that’s the work of the Holy Spirit. If someone balks at our message and wants to get mired in the irrelevant minutiae of semantic jargon, let them, then move on. Our obligation is to give them an answer. If they don’t like our answer it’s okay, we’ve planted a seed. Someone else will water it. God will reap the increase.
So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.(1 Corinthians 3:7) NKJV
Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross and the darkness after it picture creation in the moments before God said “let there be light.”