Science’s Unanswered Questions
by Bro. K.D. Ward
Science textbooks give the impression that science has all the answers. As usual, the textbooks are wrong. Science with answers is the dead part of science. The living part is asking questions and seeking the answers. An issue of Discover magazine offers one version of a list of Great Unanswered Questions of Science. Some things scientists would really like to know:
#1 How big is the universe? Astronomers, at present, cannot see the end of creation. The Hubble Space Telescope continues to see other galaxies.
“When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained…” Psalm 8:3
#2 Does chaos rule the cosmos? The answer is an emphatic no. The Greek word cosmos means “order.” As far as conventional science has figured, the universe started in a state of chaos and has somehow produced, over billions of years, a state of order. Accident cannot produce purpose, nor can an effect be greater than its cause.
#3 How did life start? Some make the claim that studies of the chemistry of complexity prove that molecules can self-organize into a supermolecule, capable of reproducing itself. There is no scientific evidence that this could ever happen. Special creation by God is the only answer.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” Genesis 1:31 ; Hebrews 11:3
#4 Is there life on other planets? The Bible teaches that the earth is the only planet of the other heavenly bodies that is inhabited.
“Thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, he did not create it in vain (Hebrew — to be empty), who formed it to be inhabited…” (Isaiah 45:18)
#5 What is consciousness? Consciousness is knowing enough to ask what consciousness is. The Bible teaches that consciousness began when the .Man is the only creation by God that has a full sense of awareness and intelligence.
“Lord God breathed into his [Adam’s] nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
#6 Does life have a purpose? Random evolution would say that there is no reason or purpose for man. There could be no right or wrong, no sin or salvation, no future destiny, since no righteous God is on the scene to direct the present or the future. We would have no one to serve but ourselves, and man has done a miserable job of that. Our purpose can only be found in Christ, who paid a ransom for our sins on the cross, and as we trust in Him, we can be saved from sin and judgment, and have eternal life when this planet becomes the kingdom of God.
“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness,” Romans 10:10
“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13