This past Earth Day (April 22nd), I noticed through news reports that there were a lot of ‘science marches’ going on in various cities.
I think that is great. Science is cool, and I believe it is going to grow increasingly cool in years to come; and there will be high potential for great jobs and careers in the sciences both for people today and also for the people of the Meek Generation.
At the same time though, it is increasingly apparent that many in the science community have little patience or tolerance when it comes to concepts of Intelligent Design or its advocates. The vernacular is increasingly exclusive to favor the theory or theories that would discount or ignore the role of the Almighty.
While some people of faith might feel inclined to grow equally impatient with evolutionary scientists and enthusiasts, I would suggest that the burden of ‘repairing the breach’ may be upon us–people of faith. At the same time, the beginnings of our universe is but a small branch of science and arguments on such could be a distraction from making true advancements.
Thus, for the sake of not being distracted or lost in endless debate, it might help a little if we can sympathize a bit more often with their cause and their way of reasoning. Let us revisit the popular miracle of water being turned into wine, and with a modern twist on that account, I think we can begin to sympathize with those who may plainly discover the facts of what is set before them but who are blind to the miraculous aspects of the occasion.
Jesus and his disciples have gone to a wedding. Jesus’ mother points out that the wine is gone. Jesus tells some servers to fill some nearby water-pots with water, and they do so. Then Jesus tells the servers to draw from the pots and give to the ‘governor’ of the wedding (probably the bride’s father?). Anyhow, the governor is surprised to learn that this wine is so good. He does not know that a moment ago this excellent wine had been fresh water, but the servers knew.
Consider today’s scientists being like the governor of the feast. They are not aware of the miracle. They only know this is excellent wine, such as what requires years and years of fermentation of quality fruit under ideal conditions. To try to explain to the governor that this ‘best of aged wine’ was but fresh water only moments ago would basically put him out of sorts and ruin his celebratory mood for the remainder of the feast. Good servers would have known their place and would have been content to quietly rejoice in the miracle amongst themselves. An indiscreet server, preferring the art of the debate more than his duties as a server, would have found joy in trying to convince the governor of the miracle that had just taken place under his nose, regardless of the cost to his own job security or the governor’s mood.
When it comes to Creation and Intelligent Design it hardly matters whether our heavens and earth were created in a literal six days or through a very lengthy period of cataclysmic epochs that preceded our recorded history. We know God could create brand new elements and make them appear to be 450 billion years old. Likewise, we know he can take 450 billion year old elements and design Nature with the ability to rejuvenate itself to such a degree that our world can take on such a fresh and new appearance as if it were a lush and thriving garden, brand new for our enjoyment.
Knowing this we can, like the servers at the wedding, be thankful for being able to ‘see’ the miracle. Such gratitude would be diminished if instead of sympathy towards those who cannot see the miracle, we showed frustration and anger.
As a growing number of secular scientists would like to find some excuse for throwing us out of the ‘party,’ as if we were deluded in our beliefs and experiencing hallucinations, the debate that would falsely divide science and creation becomes more of a liability than a chance for academic exercise or achievement.
When it comes to this debate, and others like it, perhaps we could gain a bit by considering that we are at best like Moses standing in Pharoah’s court: that even if we have the divine staff in our hands, we yet stand in Pharoah’s court, the world’s court, and the force of numbers and of popular opinion is on his side, not ours.
It may grow increasingly clear as we approach the forty-two month storm and as we go through that, that we need to choose our battles wisely.
It is extremely unlikely that Moses had even been given a voice in Pharoah’s court if he had not grown up alongside the Pharoah and in the bosom of Egypt’s royal family. If we stand a chance to show a display of miraculous power to the scientific community, then it would perhaps help immensely to be raised up in that community discreetly and quietly. With patience we can wait for such an opportunity that when the time comes for us to stand before a significant audience, we would one way or another play a role at increasing the glory of our Heavenly Father.
Charles Darwin may have written the “Origin of Species” and founded the theory of evolution. But God created Charles Darwin and Charles Darwin’s mind, not to mention the various clues that lead to some semblance of rationale behind the theory of evolution. When we remember this we can stand patient when today’s leading scientists harshly accuse us of being close-minded and blind; we can more readily sympathize with them and wish deep within our hearts that a few of them would have their eyes opened to the miracles of Creation.
Science and Technology in the Meek Generation
It is impossible to predict how advanced the nations will become towards the end of the Millennial Kingdom. We can however, make some educated guesses what the early years may entail. While some might look at this effort as meaningless speculation, I believe it could guide some today to make choices that will not only be to our immediate and near-term benefit but also be of some use as a head-start for those who must make the difficult transition in the future.
Things easy to predict for the end of the Great Tribulation, (a.k.a. the great transition):
- gas and oil refineries will pretty much be destroyed by plague 7, as well as oil rigs and pipelines (Read “Plague 7 and the Angels’ ‘To-Do’ List”).
- the power grid and all it entails, (adios internet), will be in total ruins via plague 7
- biomass fuels (in the form of fallen timber) will be available in many places in unprecedented quantities, again thanks to plague 7
Although these adverse changes may present some necessary adaptations, I believe the Meek Generation shall have no problem making use of what is left to them.
On the one hand they shall have some oil and gas to make use of as they do some heavy lifting to clear roads, repair bridges, etc.. On the other hand, they will have the basic building blocks available (with a little effort to find parts that were not destroyed), to begin assembling alternative energy sources which are renewable and practical (solar, wind, etc.).
As they begin to choose where to put their focus, what to rebuild and what to reject, they will also find inspiration to undertake scientific advancements that may even soon supersede some of our own aspirations today.
A life of simplicity, without greedy corporate goals or unfair dealings, the nations will work together to advance the human condition and succeed in experiencing peaceful and fulfilling lives.