Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Heisenberg, God, Atheism, and Openness to Faith

My son shared this today over on Facebook.

Heisenberg's experience was exactly my experience, though I certainly never delved into science as deeply as he did, obviously.

I became an atheist in my early teens, when I first began to really learn about science. But after I learned more and recognized that knowing about the universe didn't mean a person understood the universe, I became more open to faith in God.

Science answers useful questions like what, when, and how.

But it is God who must reveal the answers to the most important questions about our universe: who and why? This He does in Christ and in His Word, the Bible.

Faith isn't contrary to reason. But you cannot reason your way to God from the data in the observable universe. You can't say, "There's a tree. I know how it works. Therefore, there is no God."

Nonetheless, the awe that looking at the universe and its elegant mechanics revealed by science's questions left me open and willing to believe in the God revealed in Christ.

God creates faith in Christ in the lives of those who are willing to believe, but belief in the God we cannot see is a miracle of grace. Faith is God's gift to the willing.

It's a miracle that, with what I know about life and death and the world, I nonetheless believe in God and trust God in the flesh, Jesus, to be my Savior and that the life He gives to forgiven sinners like me beyond the grave, gives me confidence to live today.

1 Corinthians 12:3 says: " one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, 'Jesus be cursed,' and no one can say, 'Jesus is Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit." God's Holy Spirit takes our willingness to believe each day and turns it into faith.

And Hebrews 11:3 says: "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." When you know the God made plain in Jesus, your awe of the mechanics of the universe uncovered by scientific discovery only increases, as does your appreciation of God's grace.

Ancient King David understood how the more one observes the universe, the more opened up to God we become. David wrote: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands" (Psalm 19:1). Amen

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