Colossians and Science
A Total Christ  -  by Walter Lang

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Day Twenty-Two -- Colossians 2:12; 3:3,4

Dr. Duane Gish is a biochemist and author of Speculations and Experiments Related to the Theories on the Origin of Life.

He demonstrates that spontaneous origin of life is impossible and that people who suggest that life arose in a primordial soup of methane, ammonia, hydrogen and water vapor, with the aid of lightning strokes, must overcome impossible barriers. Though oxygen is needed at a later stage, it cannot be present initially, for it would destroy the acids in their beginning stages. Therefore, they postulate a reducing atmosphere in the beginning. When it is needed later, it conveniently appears. Their arguments for a reducing atmosphere are unconvincing. Even if amino acids could form by accident, they would be destroyed faster than they could form and, thus, would never get anywhere. Research on the life cell reveals much more than the DNA and a coding process which is still beyond our understanding. If biochemists cannot even understand life, how can they postulate that it came into being through accidents?

Jesus and Life

It is doubtful that scientists will, from inorganic material, create life in a test tube. The more that is learned about the life cell, the more remote this possibility appears. But God can give life to the dead, for we read in Col. 2:12 that God raised Jesus to life after His body had experienced physical death. And in Col. 3:3,4 we read that our lives are hidden in Christ. When He shall appear in glory on the Last Day, we shall appear with Him. There is life in Christ.

We read in Col. 1:16 that Christ created everything in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible. This includes life. The expression in Col. 1:17 that Christ holds all things together, includes the coding force of the life cell. Creation of life demands more thought than scientists are capable of providing.

Life in a Test Tube

Back in 1968, during a talk in upper Michigan, I indicated that life had not been created in a test tube and that it probably never would be. A Senior High School student was very upset about this. Her teacher had already (though erroneously) taught that life had been created in a test tube. Today, more than 20 years later, we are no closer to this accomplishment. This is true even though fantastic advances have been made in understanding the life cell.

Total Christ and Life

Emphasis in the book of Colossians is on the total Christ. All life depends on Him. But, more importantly, He gives victory over sin by blotting out sins and nailing them to the cross (Col. 2:14).

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Prayer: That we may know that life is bound with Christ, our Savior. Also that we may continue to find physical and spiritual life in Him.

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