The blogging world has referred extensively over the last week to Stephen Hawking's new book, The Grand Design, in which he states that the world was created by gravity and had nothing to do with a Creator. He had so far accepted the strong possibility of a Intelligent Designer to explain the Big Bang that he set forth in 'A Brief History of Time' (a book, I struggled through for sometime, but finally gave up!!). Of course, the church is up in arms and the age-old debate has been opened up again. I try not to get involved with this debate any longer, (after spending many long fruitless hours on it with friends) though I will gladly state what I base my belief in God on to whoever will ask. I realise that though I have great respect for Apologetics, it is finally a step of repentance and faith that allows God to truly touch us and as long as we keep searching for answers in logic and science, we are likely to come up empty handed. But I must ask - how is it even remotely possible for a series of chances to occur so that a place like Meghalaya, (whose beauty is so totally evocative of a Creator) to just 'happen'! But this simplistic logic of mine usually falls on deaf ears in the presence of well-read and articulate people who believe that man is the ruler of his (and the world's) destiny. It is actually rather sad... Here are a few links which make interesting points about this debate.
SCIENCE CAN ONLY GO SO FAR: At some point, as this article states, one has to realise that science is after all the servant of man, rather like a pet dog. 'So Science has managed to give us some really cool stuff, but when it comes to knowing something about us for the sake of telling us about who we are, and why we are here, and whether or not we are valuable? It falls a little flat.I see Science like a really amazing dog: he can do a lot of stuff when he’s trained the right way, but if you give him the run of the house, he’ll be teaching you all kinds of stuff that, let’s be honest, you otherwise wouldn’t be caught dead doing. Science is not made to run the place: it’s made to serve, and to be a tool as we do what God intended – which is to rule over the Earth, and have dominion. It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury, much less for a slave to rule over princes.'
WE ARE IN NO POSITION TO JUDGE THE EXISTENCE OF GOD: This video by D.A. Carson addresses the question every person asks at some point or the other - How do I know God exists. And he begins by saying that having been made in the image of God, it is foolish and idiotic for the created to ask if the creator exists. 'A fool says in his heart, there is no God.' The moment we think we are independent knowers and stand in judgement of the existence of God and whether He has provided the right set of evidences that we can base our 'faith' on, we reduce God to no more than a the conclusion of a body of evidences, a scientific inference or a philosophical conclusion. So while there are evidences in science, nature, history and even our own consciences and while the person of Jesus confronts us with His life, death and resurrection, if we think we are so far above God that we can sit in judgement on Him, we are losing the great opportunity we have been given to walk with him and experience the fullness of life that He brings. Rather like Adam and Eve choosing to eat the apple rather than live their lives walking with God in the garden. (HT: TC)
AND ON A LIGHTER NOTE: Sometimes the truth cannot be hidden - it just slips out!! Here is an amusing video of the true opinion of an evolutionary scientist. Please watch it till the end for the punchline!! (HT: TC)