The common way we are taught to learn and know God is to read and study His Word: the Bible. While this is an important and required practice for Christians who want to grow closer to God and understand His nature, it is not the only way we can learn about Him.
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?“Job 12:7-9 (ESV)
“O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great.”Psalm 104:24-25 (ESV)
For Christians who believe in the authority and accuracy of the Bible, God is the Creator of the Cosmos and everything in it. He created the stars, the planets, the oceans, and the continents. He created the megalodon, the elephant, and the mouse. He created the grasshopper, the tick, and the volvox. He is the author of DNA, the incredible language that stores information and instructions for every living creature.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”Colossians 1:16 (ESV, emphasis added)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”John 1:1-3 (ESV)
Everywhere we look in nature should be a reminder of God, especially when we look at ourselves or at our neighbor.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
Clearly God has not only revealed Himself through the Bible and the appearance of Jesus Christ, He has also left His fingerprints everywhere in Creation! Just like an artist leaves behind his art through which we can learn about them, Christians can learn about their Creator by studying His Creation! This fact should encourage Christians to pursue scientific studies and be first in line in the STEM fields! Some of the great fathers of science shared this sentiment:
“The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics.”Johannes Kepler, father of Astronomy, Defundamentis Astrologiae Certioribus, Thesis XX (1601).
“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.”Louis Pasteur, father of Microbiology, quoted in The Literary Digest (18 October 1902).
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”attributed to George Washington Carver (1864-1943), Agricultural Scientist and father of all things peanut related.
While being a Christian among the institutions of science can be difficult and hostile, you should never be discouraged to pursue it, especially if God has laid that interest on your heart.
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”Psalm 138:7-8 (ESV)
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”Colossians 3:17 (ESV)
If science isn’t quite your cup of tea, you can still benefit from it and use it to build up your faith. This is where organizations like ours, Evidence 4 Faith, can step in. We recently just launched a new segment called Creation Clues which seeks to help people understand God through the study of His Creation. These videos are for people who have no science background or experience. They are short and focused segments and don’t require any special knowledge or skills to follow along. You can catch up on the first few episodes online.
Lichens are a remarkable and unique specimen found all around the world, including your own backyard! Its design is a great example for Christians to understand the role of the Holy Spirit in our own life. Join Michael as we learn about this amazing creature and be encouraged in your walk with God! Creation Clues…
In this episode of Creation Clues we are looking at the concept of logic and design in nature and how it can show evidence of God. The dominant secular view is that everything came into existence by random chance. But does random create patterns and order? We know and can test that intelligence creates patterns…
Knowing God’s Word is essential for anyone who calls themselves a Christian. However, we can take our faith a step further by studying His handiwork. Be encouraged to go forth with your curiosity and faith, and find God’s fingerprints in the world around you today.