As a Christian, I find God’s creation absolutely amazing. In fact, this is why I started my studies in biology and science in the first place and guess what – I can see God’s hand at work in all of nature, life, and yes, science.
In Job 38-39, God humbles Job by explaining to Job how powerful He is. He uses examples of natural and biological events from the creation and formation of the earth and its oceans to the birth of of baby animals and the showy display of bird feathers.
God starts off by asking Job, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off it’s dimensions?” This question right here, is what (sort of) I ask many Christians who don’t know or understand about the science of creation or see how science and Christianity can blend together. While yes, I am a Christian who loves Christ and try my hardest to follow Him, trust in His provision, and love like He did, I also believe that God can create the world whichever way he wanted.
Who was there when God created the Heavens and the Earth? How do we know that He didn’t orchestrate a great collision of matter in space that formed the basis of our planet? Were we there when He laid the Earth’s foundation?
In Genesis 1, it says that “God created mankind in His own image…” Aren’t humans creative and imaginative? I believe that God is also creative and imaginative. I mean – look at a Platypus. It’s a mix of a mammal, reptile, bird and fish… How creatively weird can you get? So then why can such a creative Father not want to be creative with all of His creation? I can’t imagine that a God like the one I follow would want to simply snap his fingers and say “Abracadabra – I made a planet!” I can imagine a God who would take time, thought, and pride in His work (which the Bible says that He does look down on all of His creation and call it good).
While, no, I wasn’t there when the Earth was formed so I really don’t know and cannot possibly fathom how the mind of the Creator works, I am not quick to dismiss the evidence and hypotheses of scientists who have dedicated their lives to learning more about this beautiful planet. Speaking as a scientist who has studied biology and the environment, God was the one who gave me this passion and enthusiasm to investigate and learn all that I can about his creation.
So I ask Christians and non-Christians alike – What is wrong with the blend of science and Christianity? Why can’t they go hand in hand?
Photography is one of my ways to praise God. I photograph the things that capture my imagination and get me thinking “Wow, God, You are so incredible to have thought of making this!” I can find His hand in all things, from flowers, to animals, to landscapes – I believe that God’s hand has designed and formed all things and this simply blows me away and humbles me, just as it did for Job.
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