The Power and Authority of God in Science
This article was originally published in the August 2010 of the Family Heritage Developer
The Most Exciting Subject
Did you know that the most exiting subject in the world is science? Why? Because it affects every child and every parent in everything we do. Science ties the academic program to the spiritual reality of what God is doing in the heavenly realm.
In Romans 1:19-21 the Scripture declares “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. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
This passage is a sufficient foundation on which to build instruction to your children from birth until you hand them over to their own obedience to the Lord.
A Different Reason for Education
Our society says that an academic education is important for getting a good job. This motive to learn centers around the child’s temporal well-being and success. The American education system is built around this motive; however, God wants children educated for a different reason.
During my experience in Christian education, I have found that science is the most complained about subject. “This is boring material.” “Why do we have to do this anyway? “It doesn’t make any difference to me.” “I’m not going to be a scientist!” Bad attitudes come from looking at things the wrong way; we need to look at science a different way. The purpose of science is to transfer, by God’s grace, the revelation of the invisible God through the visible creation.
Science is one of the two revelations that we will look at today, that God has given in order to call man to Himself. There is a difference between revelation and instruction. Instruction is the process of transferring information from one to another. Revelation is imparting the knowledge of God into the heart by which other knowledge is compared for accuracy. The Bible tells us that no man can come to the knowledge of God by his own intellect. We cannot reason ourselves into the understanding of God.
The knowledge of God comes by revelation. Let’s look at two revelations in Romans that God has given to man. The first is the revelation of creation. This is a universal revelation. The goal of scientific study is not simply understanding how the creation works; it is allowing the creation to glorify the God that it reveals. The creation shows God’s authority and power.
A proper approach to science will continually focus on the glory revealed by the things that were made. Science studied from this perspective will nurture a right relationship with God. Such a student will thank God and give Him glory. The proper study of science will develop the spiritual nature of the student and prepare him for further revelation.
“But it is written ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love Him’” (I Corinthians 2:9) God is saying that there is an impassible barrier from instruction to revelation. There is no possible way for man to bridge that gap by himself. How does revelation take place? In the last line of verse 9 scriptures says: “the things that God has prepared for those that love Him.” Love is a quality of relationship, and the essence of relationship is sharing one’s self. We submit ourselves to God because of love. When the connection between man’s heart and God’s heart is fixed, a channel of sharing is opened up and God
reveals Himself to the human heart and soul by His Spirit.
Job’s Science Lesson with God
God’s revelation is restricted to the purpose and will of God. God is going to reveal Himself only to people who are willing to hear and obey. Job is an example of science being used by God to give adequate revelation so that man can obey and trust God in the most difficult of circumstances. Satan challenged God to test Job’s love and faith. It is important to realize that Job knew nothing of the heavenly court. God didn’t warn Job of the danger. God expected Job to respond properly because of his previous understanding of who God was, not because of Job’s present understanding of why these things were happening to him.
Job’s previous understanding of God centered upon God’s character revealed through the creation. When the trials came, Job wanted to know, “Why is God doing this to me?” At the end of the trial of Job’s faith, God speaks. He doesn’t answer the question “why?” but rather He challenges Job to remember who God is by the revelation Job already has. “Who