Saturday, November 11, 2006

Christian Student of Science

I've been following this story about the American and British scientific team that has been able to bend electromagnetic waves so as to conceal an object from detection, at least by a microwave sensor.

Something I have had to give a lot of thought to lately is whether or not I as a Christian should even be concerned with this.

Christ pleads our case at the right hand of the Almighty Himself and that is really all I ever need to know. I have no eternal need to understand tsunamis or cancer or why we still cannot cure the common cold. In the end it does not matter because it has nothing to due with my eternal destiny, absolutely nothing.

So why bother? If your hope is found nowhere in this world, but in the house prepared by the Lord that awaits us in the next, why should you bother with science? (For that matter, if you have no hope at all after the grave, why bother with that or anything at all?)

I have come to realize that the reason we are compelled to study science is because the Lord provides. Christians get up and go to work everyday, fully aware that money does not matter and will never get us into heaven. Yet still we get up and go to work every day. We do it because that is one of the means by which the Lord provides. He provides what we need, when we need it, and in whatever manner He sees fit to give it to us. So as long as we do not delude ourselves into thinking there is any greater hope in science than how to build a better light bulb or alleviate sickness (or maybe, just perhaps, space travel and a cure for cancer), we are on the right track. Scientific advances are kind of like dollar bills. They do not get you into heaven, but they sure help out down here. And nobody understands the how's and why's of that better than our Redeemer does.

There, I am done blabbing. Now back to some equations. Woo-hoo!