Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Science and Miracles

          How do today's scientists look at biblical miracles?  Are they skeptical, trying to prove there were natural phenomenon which could account for the "miracles", or are they trying to understand them in the hope that , through gaining knowledge, they could duplicate them for the good of mankind?  Perhaps there is knowledge to be gained, by science, that would be useful.  In a book titled "None Of These Diseases", the author discusses a physician who, in the old days, decided through reading the Bible, he should wash his hands between his visits to the morgue and his living patients.  In those days, the doctors always went to the morgue first.  This doctor found that his patients had a better survival rate than before the hand washing started.  When he shared that information with the other doctors, he was scoffed at and ostracized by the other doctors.  This was before we had knowledge of bacteria.  In today's world, any doctor not sanitizing himself between patients would be ostracized.  

          God says that we can move mountains by prayer, through faith.  The Founders of all of the different disciplines of science were all believers of God and the Bible.(1)  Perhaps it takes spiritual eyes, for scientists to accumulate knowledge by the study of why God did things, to find out how God did things.  Example - We know now that by talking lovingly to our house plants, they do better than those not talked to.  We see that when Jesus cursed the fig tree, it withered and died.  Perhaps by using the information God gives us, we can determine the outcome of things, or at least affect them.  "With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."[1]

          John, the apostle, says that he gave us all the information we need, to accomplish his purpose, but that he didn't tell us everything.[2]  This reminds me of the famous race car driver who was asked if he could compete against his son.  His reply was "I taught my son everything he  knows, but not everything I know".  Perhaps when his son was ready, he taught him more.  Perhaps when we are ready, God will reveal more to us. John also wrote in chapter 21 verse 25: "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.".

(1)  Below is a list of scientists, who believed in God and the Bible (both the plan of salvation and the description of creation).[3]

 Sir Isaac Newton is known as the father of modern science.

[A poll of scientists concluded that Sir Isaac Newton was the greatest scientist that ever lived.]

Francis Bacon was the inventor of the scientific method. 

Joseph Lister – Antiseptic Surgery

Louis Pasteur = bacteriology

Sir Isaac Newton – Calculus

Johann Kepler – Celestial Mechanics

Robert Boyle – Chemistry

Georges Cuvier – Comparative Anatomy

Charles Babbahe – Computer Science

Lord Rayleigh – Dimensional Analysis

Sir Isaac Newton – Dynamics

James Clark Maxwell – Electrodynamics

Michael Faraday – Electromagnetics

Ambrose Fleming – Electronics

Lord Kelvin – Energetics

Henri Fabre – Entomology of Living Insects

Michael Faraday – Field Theory

George Stokes – Fluid Mechanics

William Herschel – Galactic Astronomy

Robert Boyle – Gas Dynamics

Gregor Mendel – Genetics

Louis Agassiz – Glacial Geology

James Simpson – Gynecology

Leonardo Da Vinci – Hydrolics

Matthew Maury – Hydrography

Blaise Pascal –Hydrostatics

Louis Adassiz – Ichthyologl

William Ramsay – Isotropic Chemistry

Lord Rayleigh – Model Analysis

John Ray – Natural History

Bernhard Riemann – Non-Euclidean Geometry

Matthew Maury – Oceanography

David Brewster – Optical Mineralogy

John Woodward – Paleontology

Rudolph Vichow – Pathology

Johann Kepler – Physical Astronomy

James Joule = Reversible Thermodynamics

James Clark Maxwell – Statistical Thermodynamics

Nicholas Steno – Stratigraphy

Carolus Linnaeus – Systematic Biology

Lord Kelvin – Thermodynamics

Humphrey Davy – Thermokinetics

Georges Cuvier – Vertebrate Paleontology

[1] Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27
[2] John 20:30-31
[3] Doctor D. James Kennedy


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