Monday, December 12, 2011

How can this be?

New Testament Challenge – Day 28
Luke 1-7

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I am reading a book titled, “The Language of God” by Dr. Francis Collins. The book discusses the relationship between science and faith. Dr. Collins points out in his book that what we KNOW as science today was considered miracles in centuries past. That came to my mind today while reading the stories of the conception of Saint John the Baptist and Christ. In both cases, utilizing today’s technology conception would be possible.

Of course I’m not speaking as if these conceptions were not the work of God. Clearly I believe them to be His actions in the salvation of humanity. What I am speaking about is how we take certain for granted today simply for the evidence science offers. But this evidence can never replace the faith we have in Jesus Christ.

What disturbs me lately is the trend of how science has created a lack of faith in people because, according to Dr. Collins with whom I might agree, when you limit faith in God to nothing the unknown, when the unknown becomes known there is “no place” for God. But there is…

We just have to be willing to consider that God has a plan for us. His plan is to spend eternity with us. We’re all going to be with Him, but some will reject Him. “So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city.” (Luke 4.28-29) They rejected Him simply because He accomplished and said things that didn’t fit their narrow perspective. When we experience things we either didn’t know before, such as scientific evidence, or don’t understand due to our ignorance, all we need to do is allow for God’s work.

In terms of the book I’m reading Dr. Collins points out that DNA, rather than being contrary to God, is the Language of God. Similarly the creation of life in a barren Elizabeth or Virgin Mary, is part of God’s plan to save us rather than confuse us.

Consider taking a moment to read a bit of this book as part of your Christmas preparation. It’s been uplifting for me rather than a challenge to my faith. How can this be?

God made it that way; that’s how.

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