The Faith of Science or the Science of Faith

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.                         Psalm 19:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.                       Hebrews 11:1

I was listening to a podcast today from a scientist who is a devout Christian. He was talking about the new Webb telescope that is sending incredible images back to earth from its perch high in space- higher altitude than any telescope ever launched could previously attain. It can “see” the origins of stars from billions of light years away. Indeed, just that statement boggles the mind. We cannot truly comprehend the distance of the light from stars that far away. Such a telescope can take us back nearly to the origins of the universe. We are seeing light that was emanating from stars billions of years ago. Wilder still, that universe is still expanding at a very fast rate.

Even more amazing is the fact that much of the universe is comprised of matter and energy that we cannot measure or really understand. “Dark matter” and “dark energy” abound in the universe, and we simply do not fully understand it – other than the fact that scientists have shown that such entities do exist, even though we do not see or understand them.

All this is to say that science seems to rely quite a bit on faith. People of faith have deeply held beliefs and understandings of God and his creation. We know that there is much we cannot see, but we know that there is a rich spiritual dimension all around us. The Bible clearly states that we are surrounded by spiritual beings and that we can be reassured of things unseen.

The creation of this amazing universe is far beyond our understanding, but the Creator of it can be known. He manifests his glory every day in our surroundings. Now he is continuing to manifest his glory through the lenses of a telescope.

We didn’t really need a telescope to recognize that creation is awesome. I love the fact, however, that science every day is proving the glory of creation, and by inference, the glory of the Creator.

Prayer: We are humbled Lord by your creation, and awed by your plans, Amen

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