Tuesday, April 12, 2016

knowing that we do not know

Spiral Galaxy edge-on photo by NASA Hubble telescope

We must begin by knowing that we do not know.  

Caspar Hare, Associate Professor at MIT, asks, "Can science teach us everything there is to know about reality?"  In other words, is it true that everything that can be known can be known through science?  If we say that is true, then what about that very statement?  How do we know it is true?

The scientific method can help us know the things that science can deal with.  But we need to know there are things outside of and beyond us, things which may not be validated by the scientific method.  Science can tell us much about the what of creation, but not the Who behind creation. 

We don't know who God is, what his will and laws are, and what the purpose and destiny of humanity is, unless God himself chooses to reveal these things to us.  These truths are shadowed upon our human nature and in the beauty of the world around us, but they can be known with clarity and certainty only as God has made them known.  

Therefore, we must seek the knowledge of God in the Word he has revealed to us.  Listen to the wisdom of Agur from the Old Testament...  

The man declares, I am weary, O God;
I am weary, O God, and worn out.
Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
I have not the understanding of a man.
I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son's name?
Surely you know!
Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

(Proverbs 30:1-6 ESV) 

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