Dr. James C. Denison
President, Center for Informed Faith, Dallas, TX
May 17, 2011
The apple of God’s eye
Bill Bryson, in his insightful A Short History of Nearly Everything, states: “Consider the fact that. . .every one of your forebears on both sides has been attractive enough to find a mate, healthy enough to reproduce, and sufficiently blessed by fate and circumstances to live long enough to do so. Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life’s quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result—eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly—in you.”
You are indeed an amazing being. But how did you get here?
This week we’ve begun a discussion of science and faith issues. As we saw yesterday, “modern” science is indeed modern. Many historians believe that without the Judeo-Christian tradition, science as we know it would never have come to exist at all. Stanley Jaki, a world-renowned physicist, stated that science was “stillborn” without biblical revelation. Why?
At the advent of Christianity, the Western world was caught in a conglomeration of competing worldviews. Some worshiped the gods of Mt. Olympus, while others venerated the emperor. Many followed the Neo-Platonists, others the Aristotelians, still others were Stoics, Epicureans, Cynics or Skeptics. The mystery cults had a large following.
In this world of superstition and mythology, it was widely believed that the gods created everything and manipulated reality at their whim. When Anaximander (died 546 B.C.) published the first map, he risked their ire, for they could move the continents tomorrow. Just because two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen makes water today doesn’t mean it will do so on Thursday.
Into this confusion the Bible speaks of a God who is creative and ordered. The One who “created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) “is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). He invites us to “reason together” with him (Isaiah 1:18). His creation can be understood, for it displays the logic and consistency of its Maker.
How can God’s creation draw us closer to our Creator? Tomorrow I’ll share some of my answers to our question—I hope you’ll share yours with the rest of us as well. In the meanwhile, know that your Maker says of you: “whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye” (Zechariah 2:8). The crown of all creation is you.