Science as God’s gift.

Man may be fallen, our eyes darkened and our understanding of reality clouded, but we are still blessed with knowledge from God. Scripture is the only source of knowledge leading to reconciliation with God, but that doesn’t negate the discoveries of the reprobate mind.

Medicine, mathematics, education, literature, law, ordered government and true science are all gifts God showers on the righteous and the unrighteous. This doesn’t undermine the uniqueness of Special Revelation, as we cling to Scripture whenever science or the humanities assault the word of God. But to ignore, or shun these blessed arts is foolish and mocks God who gives them as blessings to all men.

“…the mind of man, though fallen and perverted from its wholeness, is nevertheless clothed and ornamented with God’s excellent gifts. If we regard the Spirit of God as the sole foundation of truth, we shall neither reject the truth itself, nor despise it wherever it shall appear, unless we wish to dishonor the Spirit of God. For by holding the gifts of the Spirit in slight esteem, we contemn and reproach the Spirit himself.

What then? Shall we deny that the truth shone upon the ancients jurists who established civic order and discipline with such equity? Shall we say that the philosophers were blind in the fine observation and artful descriptions of nature? Shall we say that those men were devoid of understanding who conceived the art of disputation [formal debate] and taught us to speak reasonably? Shall we say that they are insane who developed medicine, devoting their labor to our benefit? What shall we say of all the mathematical sciences? Shall we consider them the ravings of madmen?

No, we cannot read the writings of the ancients on these subjects without great admiration. We marvel at them because we are compelled to recognize how preeminent they are. But shall we count anything as praiseworthy or noble without recognizing at the same time that it comes from God?

Let us be ashamed of such ingratitude, into which not even the pagan poets fell, for they confesses that the gods had invented philosophy, laws and all useful arts. These men whom Scripture [I Cor. 2:14] calls “natural men” were indeed, sharp and penetrating in their investigation of inferior things. Let us, accordingly, learn by their example how many gifts the Lord left to human nature even after it was despoiled of its true good.”

-John Calvin, Institutes II.2.15

Revelation by Seance

“The proliferation of astrologers, seers, mediums, and other later-day ‘prophets’ is one direct result of widespread dissatisfaction with present circumstances and the wistful desire of millions throughout the world to know the future. Feeling that ‘science’ and ‘humanism’ have failed, people shift their faith to pseudoscience and superhumanism, still desperately searching for meaningful answers for their future….

Even many Christians are overly impressed by such seers, attributing their psychic abilities to demonic powers. If they are really supernaturally guided, however, even by demons, one would think their predictions would have a better percentage of success.

The fact is that neither angels nor demons are omniscient and therefore they can know little more about the future than human beings. It is true that men and women can—through planning and working—influence the future to some degree. Also, through analyses and reasoning they could to some extent predict the future. By virtue of their greater powers and greater knowledge, plus their ability to share such knowledge and abilities with other invisible spirits, it is no doubt true that angels and demons can both foresee and influence the future more that could human beings.

But only God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and  omniscient. Since He created time, He stands outside time and thus knows and controls all events everywhere through all time. He may, on occasion choose to share some of His knowledge with His holy angels, or with chosen men. To this extent—and only this extent—can we really know the future, which brings us to the purpose of the Book of Revelation.

This capstone on the wonderful structure of the written Word of God was written specifically to provide knowledge of the future. This is made clear in the very first verse:

‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto His slaves things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His messenger unto His slave John (Revelation 1:1).'”

-Henry M. Morris, The Revelation Record,Wheaton,IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1983, 18-19

The Bible vs. Science and History

“If you can’t fully trust the Bible when it discusses science and history (secondary matters that can be verified), how can you trust it when it talks about God and salvation (supremely important matters that we can’t verify in the same way)? If you can’t trust the Bible, then you can’t trust God.”

-Kevin DeYoung ed., Don’t Call It A Comeback, 63