Hypocrites!  You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you can not discern this time?  Luke 12:56

The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork, Day unto day utters speech and night unto night reveals knowledge”  Psalm 19:1-2

Is science evil?  Are scientists Satan’s ambassadors?  As we peer into the tiniest spaces of matter or out to the farthest and most gigantic regions of space, what conclusions to we draw?  As our medical understanding grows to the extent that we can map the building blocks of an individual and grow new organs from scratch; how does that make us feel?

Jesus used an illustration of people’s understanding of weather.  The term meteorology goes back to 350 BC.  Yet there is evidence that trying to discern patterns in heat and cold, rain and drought go back much further.  Why?  Because the harnessing of that information was so important to survival.  The proper time to plant crops or move flocks, what changes caused large herd animals, required for food, to move to and fro, when would the rains and the floods that went with them, happen; these are all questions that could and did impact the rise and fall of civilizations.  On the one hand Jesus gave them some credit.  He acknowledged that they had a degree of accuracy when it came to reading natural conditions and predicting outcomes.  On the other hand, He asked them what good was having that limited knowledge in the eternal scheme of things?  For that knowledge did not drive them to an awe inspiring acknowledgement of He who is in control of all things.  They did not use those same observational skills to search through the scriptures to find the conditions that predicted the coming and nature of the Messiah.  And whether or not they got the weather correct was inconsequential compared to missing the fact that the promised Messiah was in their midst.

Both my parents left this earthly existence due to cancer from which they never recovered.  My wife is a cancer survivor.  I am very grateful for the advances in medicine.  Those advancements have human names attached to their discoveries.  However, I believe that the source and the blessings come from Our Heavenly Father.  As in the way that the disciples were humans used to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and Salvation, Our Heavenly Father as seen fit to use human beings to carry out His Will and His Plan.  I pray a prayer of thanksgiving for those doctors, scientists and others who, having been used by God (whether they understand or acknowledge God’s hand) in the progress in treating cancer.

Science, by its very nature evil?  No.  The same way that wood carving is not evil by its nature.  But carve a block of wood into an image, cover it in gold and bow down and worship it, then you have a hideous evil.  As in all things, money, alcohol, physical relations, any human endeavor, what is the intent is what matters.  Because we have a greater understanding of our physical bodies and greater abilities to impact its health, does that mean that we feel that we are increasing toward a time of equality with Him that created it?  When we are able to see the great vistas of space and see great insights into our past in that place that we call, the heavens and don’t discover a unmistakable abode of God; do we then conclude He doesn’t exist?  Or as we are allowed to see and grasp some understanding of the amazing complexity of the creation we are and all around us, does that understanding compel us to realize the Power, Intelligence, Perfection, of He who created it and bring us to our knees in humble thanksgiving and worship?  

Jesus Christ is clear, if we know all of the terrestrial, but remain ignorant of the eternal, we are doomed.  Let it be that what knowledge we glean about our world, leads us to the awe and worship of He who created all and shares that creation out of Love.

Our Most Gracious and Heavenly Father, we praise You for the knowledge that You have seen fit for us to have.  May it be that we use that knowledge in Your service and to further Your Plan and Your Will.  Keep us from the temptation of believing that an increase in knowledge should lead in a decrease in faith in You.  That in our knowledge, our actions and our love, they are all used in Your Worship and in Praise of Your Most Holy Name.  Amen.

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