In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:26-33
I was recently listening to a podcast by Dr. Michael Guillen while on my morning walk. He is a physicist and also a strong Christian. His podcast is titled Science + God, and in the series, he reconciles scientific truth and God’s creation as a remarkable pairing. In fact, he calls science and God, not enemies, but “an awesome power couple”. He argues that science is a great showcase for the majesty of God’s creation. I agree.
Today he was discussing miracles, and, this being the Christmas season, one of the miracles of the discussion was the incarnation of Jesus. The miracle that brough him to earth was Mary’s conception without a human sexual partner.
Now truly, that defies scientific scrutiny. Yet, there are many, many things that science cannot explain. That does not make science bad, it’s just that there are things that are beyond scientific explanation. Quantum physics, for example, is recognized by scientists as truth, but the explanation of how sub-atomic particles behave is not fully understood. We accept the presence of the quantum theory of matter, but we cannot totally explain it.
Scientific thought is rigorous but imperfect. Science looks for truth and tries to find evidence of it by doing research, testing, etc. Scientists also are willing to change their mind when confronted with evidence that leads them in another direction. This is how we advance.
Scientists are also, hopefully, willing to admit that there are things that are beyond the scope of pure science, and that there is a place for transrational thinking. Transrational thinking is the willingness to recognize that purely rational thought cannot get us to the understanding of some mysteries of the universe.
So, this Christmas, we celebrate the miracle of the incarnation of Jesus, being born as a baby to come into the world to be its savior.
Prayer: Lord, we are amazed at your miracles. Thank you for the miracle of Jesus, Amen