[Often we attempt to show how SCIENCE and RELIGION (esp. Christianity) can sit comfortably beside each other on reasonable terms. In such cases, I pray that what’s true and matters be remembered, what may be misguided or false be forgotten, and whatever is trivial will do no harm.]

 

Crossing Disciplines…

 

Sometimes, it’s easy to consider the Bible

side by side with what we know from science.

Consider this from Colossians 1:16-17.

 

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Colossians 1:16-17

“For by him [Jesus Christ] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

What then is the Apostle Paul saying? And what is he not saying?

(1)  From the  context, the “him” and “he” clearly refer to God’s “beloved Son” who is said to be the “image of the invisible God,” or God himself.

(2)  Implied:  He is the God behind everything, not a “regional” god, or one of many gods.

(3)  Working backwards, “He is before all things,” making the “Where did God come from?” or “Who created God” questions irrelevant. The time question is put in its proper place. “Time” is something created along with everything else, and didn’t even exist before the creation of any matter or energy (those words, of course, not used). In terms of The Big Bang, which secular scientists accept, there was no “time” whatsoever before 13,700,000,000 (or so) years ago. God, then, is by default is beyond time or timeless.

(4)  Going farther backwards, the nature of social order and civil regulation (“thrones,” “dominions,” “rulers, “authorities“) and the “moving” and thinking–and physical and mental abilities enabling thought and action–are created by God. Just how he created is not described.

(5)  Then, the obvious–stars and planets “up there,” “out there,”  and the Earth under our feet, the seas, and people, plants, and animals–are also his creation. Every thing.

(6)  Back to the end. Things “hold together.” With physics and chemistry we can measure many ways materials do hold together using gravity and electrical charge. But when we wander into the dark forest of small particle physics, our understanding is presently–or perhaps forever–a bit murky. But the promise of God stands: he will hold things together.

The bottom line? With this and other Bible passages, God (or God as the Son) created everything and sustains everything. Or so the Bible declares. For many years science has been observing and measuring the regular ways God has set things up.

Note, too, how the Bible explanation, along with the smaller available supply of words in a pre-technical age, rests comfortably alongside descriptions from modern science…