5/17/11 Larry, about 35
"...since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." What did Paul mean when he wote these words, found in Romans 1? If science is the observation and description of what can be seen and measured, I believe Paul was showing us that belief in God is the most basic conclusion of scientific thought. No matter how many scientific curtains we draw back, the understanding that everything had an ultimate beginning, that everything was made and that this implies a Maker - is basic to all of human logic. The opposite conclusion - that nothing somehow created something - represents a denial of the evidence and stands opposed to unbiased scientific thought. Today at the park I met Larry, whom I found sitting at a picnic table. Larry is a salesman, aspiring commodities trader and family man. He described a past of searching for spiritual truth through mind-altering drugs, new age techniques, and even involvement in an evangelical church and witnessing - yet he has now concluded that God does not exist. He is enamored with the promices of science and technology, even stating that God was an invention of man and has now been replaced by Google. Larry was clearly a false convert when involved in church activities, for 2 John 1:9 says that "anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God". At least Larry is honest enough to admit his unbelief - better to be cold than lukewarm - but where he isn't honest is when it comes to admitting the scientific evidence that the fact of creation gives for the existance of a Creator.