Thursday, November 12, 2015

Science and Creation

I was intrigued by a friend’s post on FaceBook™ concerning an article on the rising scientific thought that matter is always created by mind.(Read the article here)

Here is a brief excerpt:

It’s been more than one hundred years since Max Planck, the theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics, said that he regards “consciousness as fundamental,” that he regards “matter as a derivative from consciousness,” and that “everything we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
He is basically saying that the immaterial ‘substance’ of consciousness is directly intertwined with what we perceive to be our physical material world in some sort of way, shape or form, that consciousness is required for matter to be, that it becomes after consciousness….[2]

Now this is not very far from the way Genesis begins:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.  Genesis 1:1-2(NLT)

Even the Hebrew word used for “created” (bar-a) translates literally (and loosely) “brought into being from nothing”.  The Biblical concept of the Genesis creative event depicts God as Spirit who brings into existence (from nothing) all things. 

What’s intriguing to me is that some scientists are hailing this as “new discovery” when it is something the worshiping community of faith has celebrated as bedrock truth for millennia; God, as Spirit, beheld the nothingness and made something outside of Himself.  With God it was not simply mind OVER matter; before God created, there WAS no matter.

This is so consistent with ancient thought which marries “word” and “deed”.  God spoke, saying Let there be…, and it became reality…light, heavens, stars, atmosphere, animals…and us!  The word became what God thought.

Let me allow the article to have (nearly) the last word today:

Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.[3]

As for me, if the scientific community is turning towards the metaphysical, where, as the article suggests “consciousness is required for matter to be”, then I have to add my applause for the great minds that have seen the light!

And I have to invite them to come worship the Source of all light this Sunday!

For You Today

What do you believe about creation?

What was God’s purpose?

Where do you fit in with that purpose?

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