Colossians and Science
A Total Christ  -  by Walter Lang

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Day Eighteen -- Colossians 1:26

The Mystery of a Total Christ

Writing in Journey Away From God, Robert Benedict states that today's scientists are in a dilemma. While they admit the theory of evolution does not explain scientific data, they cannot submit to accepting the Creationist position. British paleontologist Sir Arthur Keith, has stated "Evolution is unproved and unprovable . .. the only alternative is special creation, and that is unthinkable." To this Dr. Wilder-Smith humorously answers that "he just can't think." Scientific data do not support a billions-of-years age for the universe nor an amoeba-to-man development. Further, the two laws of thermodynamics thoroughly disprove the theory of upward development. Radioactive dating techniques are proving to be mixing rather than dating, in most cases. Also, the rapid decay of earth's magnetic field demands a young age for the earth. Still, not many scientists accept the creation model. To accept the Biblical account of origins demands facing a just God with personal sins and, like Adam and Eve, people prefer to blame someone or something else.


In the book of Colossians Paul notes that the Gospel is a mystery, and he says more in Eph. 3:3-5. One reason for referring to it as a mystery is that the religion of the gnostics was a secret, similar to the rituals of secret societies. The Christian religion, too, is a mystery, but it has been revealed and Paul had a special call to reveal it. All Christians have this call. Even while in prison, Paul asked for prayers of the Colossian Christians that he might better reveal this mystery. But not only is the Gospel a mystery; creation is a mystery to scientists because it was a one-time act, brought about through processes not now observable. It is not anti-science, but it is above what today is called science.

Scientific Mysteries in Scripture

Scientists diligently search out mysteries in nature, but they tend to believe that mysteries in the Bible have no scientific value. Because Christ, the Center of Scripture, is total, they would do well to study the mysteries of Scripture which deal with science. One such is the picture of weather in Job, chapters 36, 37, and 38. There seem to be genetic qualities in weather we have not begun to find. In Job 38:28 rain is called a father and in 38:39 ice is called a mother along with the question "out of whose womb came the ice"? Only 150 years ago nothing was known about the elaborate coding in the life cell. Perhaps there is an even more elaborate coding in weather. Who will reveal more scientific mysteries from Scripture?

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Prayer: That we be thankful for mysteries already revealed. That we be energetic in proclaiming the mystery of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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