Most people I think know that I read the Bible a lot. One of the most reoccurring themes in its pages is this idea that man must stay in a humble mental postilion vis a vis his Creator. He must not think so arrogantly that he knows everything.
As science increasing uncovers layers of reality like molecular biology and quantum physics discovering the wonder of it all is only supposed to increase man’s need to stay humble. In the Book of Job chapter 38 The Creator God turns the table on the “skeptic” and poses all sorts of questions. Questions like “Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, Or caused the dawn to know its place” or ““Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions”. Do we really understand or have any power over the vast mechanisms that are over our heads like the stars and planets. Or could we for even a second reproduce nature as it daily feeds zillions of simple to complex life forms.
What I see on a simply spiritual level is a “perfect storm” brewing. It actually is a very repeated pattern in history from the Bible’s point of view. When the arrogance of people mind’s gets so great that they trust and act on their own understanding for solutions, not acknowledging how limited our knowledge base is compared to the complexity of the whole, then yes, God steps in. To remind us.
God is perfectly willing to supply the data or even override adverse effects that would naturally occur due to ignorance. This is called His mercy. Only He knows better the bigger picture and He promises to “supply that which is lacking”, but only in the context of humility.
That is why it is fundamentally flawed to think that science, government, a vaccine, medicine or “social distancing” is going to solve this pandemic and save our economy.
Restoring a proper respect and relationship to our Creator Father is in the final analysis the only “research” that is going to work. Read the few paragraphs I have included from an article I was reading this morning that made me muse on the current situation. If just one cell in the human body is “past finding out” what chance do we have of “getting it right” by ourselves.
I think implementing this verse from 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 would go a lot farther in solving our problems. From the Good News translation it reads:
If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send a plague among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:13-14
We can do this the hard way or the easy way. The choice is ours. Either way the world is convulsing due to mismanagement that is due to our arrogance. In most instances today people do not want to add the part about “God” into the problem solving equation.
The way I see it God has sent the whole world “to their rooms” and we will not get out as any good parent knows until the “child” has a change of heart. The correction needed sometimes only happens when the disciplines “hurt” and “interfere” enough with the child’s natural desire to grow, explore, create and relate to their surroundings.
But bottom line the child must acknowledge at some point that there are things that only the parents know. And it is smarter to stay in prescribed boundaries and attitudes for success.
Let me quote Michael Denton, a geneticist:
“To grasp the reality of life as it has been revealed by molecular biology, we must magnify a cell a thousand million times until it is twenty kilometers in diameter and resembles a giant airship large enough to cover a great city like London or New York. What we would then see would be an object of unparalleled complexity and adaptive design. On the surface of the cell we would see millions of openings, like the port holes of a vast space ship, opening and closing to allow a continual stream of materials to flow in and out. If we were to enter one of these openings we would find ourselves in a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity. We would see endless highly organized corridors and conduits branching in every direction away from the perimeter of the cell, some leading to the central memory bank in the nucleus and others to assembly plants and processing units. The nucleus itself would be a vast spherical chamber more than a kilometre in diameter, resembling a geodesic dome inside of which we would see, all neatly stacked together in ordered arrays, the miles of coiled chains of the DNA molecules.
A huge range of products and raw materials would shuttle along all the manifold conduits in a highly ordered fashion to and from all the various assembly plants in the outer regions of the cell. We would wonder at the level of control implicit in the movement of so many objects down so many seemingly endless conduits, all in perfect unison. We would see all around us, in every direction we looked, all sorts of robot-like machines. We would notice that the simplest of the functional components of the cell, the protein molecules, were astonishingly, complex pieces of molecular machinery, each one consisting of about three thousand atoms arranged in highly organized 3-D spatial conformation… Yet the life of the cell depends on the integrated activities of thousands, certainly tens, and probably hundreds of thousands of different protein molecules.
We would see that nearly every feature of our own advanced machines had its analogue in the cell: artificial languages and their decoding systems, memory banks for information storage and retrieval, elegant control systems regulating the automated assembly of parts and components, error fail-safe and proof-reading devices utilized for quality control, assembly processes involving the principle of prefabrication and modular construction. In fact, so deep would be the feeling of deja-vu, so persuasive the analogy, that much of the terminology we would use to describe this fascinating molecular reality would be borrowed from the world of late twentieth-century technology.
What we would be witnessing would be an object resembling an immense automated factory, a factory larger than a city and carrying out almost as many unique functions as all the manufacturing activities of man on earth.” (end quote)
The complexity of the human being, just ONE CELL and its relationship to the rest of creation is so mindbogglingly …. it is so evident.
You can see why humility is the antidote to arrogance. It is a lot cheaper to “humble yourselves and pray” then throw all the money and resources in the world at this virus!
Goodness can we not do this the easy way!