What did Jesus know about modern science? The question, reframed, is: did Jesus have insight into modern technology and science? Did He know about radioactive dating and other miracles of our times? The answer is that He knew about them, since He created them. He is omniscient and therefore knows all things. The question then is obviously, why is the Bible silent on Jesus’ knowledge of science?
# The ‘right time’ is the issue.
According to Scripture, there is a right time in history for things to come to light. For example, ’…when the time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman….’ 1 In the time of Jesus modern science was incomprehensible to people.
# 33AD was not the ‘right time.’
Jesus was the Engineer who ‘built’ the complex ATP and other machines, and who assembled the elements into molecules, proteins, et cetera. Yet 33 AD, almost 2,000 years ago, was the wrong time for Jesus to explain complex scientific principles. His hearers would not have understood it.
# Why did Darwin know nothing about complex modern science?
Charles Darwin had no knowledge of the complicated structure of the cell with DNA, et cetera. When Darwin published his book in1859, the intricate working of the cell, the basic building block of all life and its genetic recipe, was unknown. Why did Darwin know nothing about complex modern science? The right time had not yet come.
# The practical application of the lack of scientific jargon in the Bible.
- The Bible does not discuss DNA, microbes, mitochondria in the cell, photosynthesis and other complex ‘machinery’ of living organisms. Scripture is a book for all people of all times and all countries of the world.
- It excludes nobody because of a lack of education. Not everybody had the opportunity to get a doctorate in biology, astronomy or whatever. But whoever wishes to understand Scripture, can with the help of the Holy Spirit. God reveals His miracles in creation in short, comprehensible, sensible ways.
It has become ‘normal’ for many unbelieving scientists and other unbelievers to make disparaging remarks about Jesus or the Holy Spirit inspired writers of the 66 books of the Bible. They forget that it also applies to their hero, Charles Darwin. He did not have all our modern scientific knowledge, so he could not discuss it. The Holy Spirit gave us a book that never needs to be updated. It is always relevant and comprehensible.
1. Galatians 4:4