“Thy word [is] very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.”
Most Christians have been told, “Creation isn’t scientific because it comes from the Bible!” Does the source of an idea make the idea unworthy of science?
Many believe that the only truly scientific ideas come to people dressed in white smocks working in laboratories. Experience shows, however, that scientific discoveries can come in the most unusual ways. Friedrich Kekule discovered the theory of atomic valency in a vision while traveling on the top deck of a London bus.
A new, natural insecticide was also discovered in what might be considered an unscientific fashion. Mechanics working at a University of Georgia field research station used a soap called Dirt Squad. Dirt Squad is a grease cutter made from orange peels. The mechanics had dumped some of the cleaner on a fire ant hill. Listeners who are familiar with fire ants know that these nasty members of the insect kingdom are hard to kill. However, the cleaner killed all the ants. Hearing this, one of the scientists used the cleaner on his cat, who had fleas. The soap killed all the fleas. This led scientists at the research station to investigate the oils in citrus peels. They discovered a natural chemical in citric oil that is harmless to vertebrates but deadly to insects.
Any idea, from any source, including the Bible, needs to be considered before it can be accepted or rejected as scientific.
I thank You, Lord, that Your Word is worthy and true. I also thank You that the Bible tells us about much more than can be tested by our experience and science. And I thank You for those who are showing that where the Bible talks about things that can be studied by science, Your Word stands true! Amen.
J. A. Miller. 1983. “An Insecticide with a Twist.” Science News, Oct. 8, p. 231. Photo: Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz.