Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Limited Knowledge and Joy in God

Over the last few months, my friend Dave Fergus and I have read several books on the relationship between Christianity and science, and more specifically on the Bible, creationism, and the origins of the universe. I am in the midst of developing a summary of ten or so views on the interpretation of Genesis 1-2 which I will publish here when the time is right, but for now I wanted to share this paragraph from a book by Vern Poythress entitled, Redeeming Science (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006). 

The chapter is entitled "The Role of Mankind in Science" and the thesis is that, whereas human beings were created in the image of God with the requisite wonder and ability to discover something of the inner-workings of God's creation, we have also been corrupted by sin so that our fundamental perspective and conclusions are necessarily skewed. We may see certain things with a measure of accuracy, but always as through a glass darkly. This applies to Christians as well as non-Christians, and thus we would do well to humble ourselves before the Lord and content ourselves in the knowledge he has been pleased to grant us for his glory and our joy. 

With that, here is the paragraph from Poythress: "Knowing all about how God created matters only if we think we have to have absolute knowledge. We say to ourselves, 'We must know, and not be cooped up under the onerous limitations that our environment may have temporarily forced upon us.' But underneath, that is rebellious talk. We want godlike knowledge, and we make ourselves discontent with the situation in which God in his wisdom has placed us. I would say in reply, 'Get a grip on your ambition, humble yourself, relax, and accept that you are a creature. It is okay not to know, if God does not give us the means of knowing. It is enough that he knows, and he will take care of the rest" (162). 

Amen--may we learn to live in humble faith, content in the knowledge and joy God designs to give us. 

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