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Laurie and I are reading a book entitled, The Work of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith. We jumped at the chance to get it from our local library. I am always amazed at how intelligent people—much more intelligent than I—can attribute the wonders of nature, the origin of life on earth to time plus chance plus mutations, so it was fascinating to read how this man came to Jesus. We have learned that, and the author confirmed it, scientists now have a truth they cannot disprove: The origin of the universe. So, we should thank the Lord God Almighty for the discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation in 1964, which wrecked the steady state theory. That discovery confirmed what Fred Doyle derisively called the Big Bang theory. There is no solution for this one. Scientists have found that everything that exists came from nothing, which, according to science, is impossible. I sincerely appreciate their study and research. But I also rejoice that they have met with a question they simply cannot answer. All they can do is theorize, and all their strange theories cannot and will never be proven.

The author of the book we are reading is Sy Garte. Below are some excerpts from the book about the questions that were part of his coming to know the Lord. Let me add quickly that I do not agree with everything Dr. Garte puts forth in this book, and I am relatively certain that I would not agree with his theology. But I would be happy to be proven wrong.

  • The world is not a logical place that is fully understandable by the application of reason. Complexity is the rule in nature, everywhere and always. “Why this is true remained a mystery to me.”
  • Every answer we find in science leads to more questions, and no topic is ever exhausted; why this is so is not answerable from the data available.
  • There are limits to the scientific approach to understanding and knowledge.
  • “I had no idea about how life arose or where it came from, and I learned that nobody else really did either.”
  • The author addresses what he calls “A constant mystery”—the play is on the word “constant” because, he states, “the very nature of constants is confusing.” He writes of three constants: the value of pi, Plank’s constant (h), and the speed of light. “It (pi) is called an irrational number because it cannot be expressed as a simple fraction, and thus its exact value can never be known. But where did the value of π come from? Why does it have the value it has, and why is it irrational? We don’t we know the answers any more than we know why Plank’s constant (h), so important in atomic theory and quantum mechanics, is what it is. Why does light travel at that speed always, and not faster or slower? That question is not part of science as we understand it.”

Sy Garte now understands that the Christian God, whom he once denied, glorifies Himself in His creation. That wonder is clearly known to everyone on the planet, but there are those who choose to ignore it—even suppress knowledge of it. This is not a happy condition for them: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18–20).1

The Christian God is the mightiest being possible. His power is inconceivable to us. The potency employed at creation makes a thermonuclear explosion as weak as the energy required to blink the eye. Yet, this God did not use this mind-boggling power when He came to earth. He emptied Himself. Yes, He displayed His power over nature, the material substance of the world, all manner of diseases and medical afflictions, but He did not go about turning people to carbon and ash, which He easily could have done. No, our Creator lowered Himself, became a servant, and sacrificed Himself for us so we can be forgiven our rebellion against Him. This is an amazing truth. Lord, help Jesus-believers proclaim it.

1Scripture quotation is from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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