Did Jesus know anything about science?

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.

Conclusion

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.

Reference

1. Galatians 4:4

Light before the sun?

The first chapter of the Bible tells us that God created light before the sun.  Would that be the work of a logical, wise Creator?  It does sound a bit strange!  Since it says, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,’ 1 we know God is the Creator.  But He created both light (Genesis 1:3) and the sun (Genesis 1:14-18).  It sounds a bit superfluous, if one thinks about it.  However, it points to two creations.  One has to do with a physical, natural creation and the other with a ‘spiritual’ creation.

#  God’s natural creation

God created the earth, divided the waters above from the waters below, separated the earth and seas and covered the ground with plants.  On the fourth day He created the sun, moon and stars (‘…to give light on the earth’).  After that God filled the sky, the seas and the ground with living things.  Last on His list was man, made in His image.

#  God’s ‘spiritual’ creation 

God’s other creation is hinted at when, ‘God said, Let there be light.’ 2  This light was not the same as that of the sun, moon and stars.   We see that both God’s ‘supernatural’ light source and the natural light source, the sun, have the same function: to divide darkness from light.  Yet they differ significantly.  How?

  • The first light has to do with man: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ 3
  • It also has to do with Jesus, the Creator Redeemer: ‘In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.’ ‘The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.’5

#  Jesus creates the new man.

  • Jesus is also the Creator according to John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2.  Since He and God are one, 6 He is the Creator who said, ‘Let there be light.’
  • Do we have a New Testament verse that supports Genesis 1:3?  We have.  Scripture tells us, ‘The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.…  For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of the darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 7  Here we have the same words God uttered in Genesis 1:3, ‘Let there be light.’ 

#  Both lights are very necessary.

  • There is a light-darkness contrast, in both cases.
  • Both lights have the same source, or origin, God/Jesus.
  • Both sources of light are very necessary.  The sun is the product of God/Jesus the Creator.  The ‘new man’ is the product of God/Jesus the Redeemer.
  • As the sun makes natural plant growth possible, so the ‘spiritual’ light makes man’s spiritual growth possible.

#  Light before the sun is logical. 

  • The whole Bible is about God’s Light, Jesus Christ.
  • Thousands of years are spent preparing for Jesus, the Light Giver.
  • The preparation for the ‘new’ people to live on the ‘new’ earth is very important.  So important that God gives attention to it first.  We must not forget that the sun, the natural light source, will not be necessary in the coming age:
    • ‘The city [the New Jerusalem] does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.’ 8
    • We, the elect, who chose to follow Jesus, will have His Name on our foreheads and will serve Him.  We ‘…will not need the light of a lamp, or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.’ 9

Conclusion

The supernatural ‘creation’ of new people in Christ is so important that the Bible mentions it before the natural light from the sun.  Those whose dark lives have been illuminated by God’s light, will remain.  The sun, mentioned later, will not be needed.  Thus the Holy Spirit already tells us in Genesis 1:3 how important salvation is to God.

References

  1. Genesis 1:1
  2. Genesis 1:3
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  4. John 1:5
  5. John 1:9
  6. John 10:30
  7. 2 Corinthians 4:4,6
  8. Revelation 21:23
  9. Revelation 22:5