(Reader Alert: This post is not in anyway intended to be anti-science, anti-scientist, or anti-scientific knowledge. But you will probably figure that out for yourself.)
I have been reading my way through “Why Christianity Must Change Or Die” by John Shelby Spong. While I don’t agree with all of his conclusions (just as I don’t expect you to agree with all of my conclusions), I appreciate how this book has caused me to examine my thinking.
Here are three very brief summaries of his discussion about how the works of three important scientists changed the way people view the world, themselves, and God. I found this part of the book very interesting, and my comments appear in parentheses. (To me, these scientists were just seeking answers; they did not set out to destroy anyone’s faith or to kill God. But others have tried to use their words and ideas to do that.)
Galileo’s work changed how we view the structure of the universe. Earth is not the center of the universe, and all heavenly bodies do not revolve around the earth. With this knowledge, it became more difficult to think of God and Heaven as being right up there above us and Hell as being right down there below us. There is no longer a three-tiered model of the universe. As our telescopes have become stronger, we have pushed God farther and farther out into the distant recesses of empty space. (To me, this is like making God homeless.)
Isaac Newton’s work changed how we view what makes the universe work the way that it does. With the discovery of fixed laws that control everything, it became harder to think of God as the divine power necessary to make everything work properly or to protect us from the forces of nature. (To me, this is like making God unemployed.)
Charles Darwin’s work changed the way we view ourselves. If humans are basically no different from other animals, just more highly evolved, then we are no longer the pinnacle of God’s created lifeforms; we are just one of many without the likeness of God. (To me, this is like making God unrecognizable.)
I am looking forward to completing this book and seeing how the author resolved many of the questions he raised. In the meantime…Homeless. Unemployed. Unrecognizable.
Does that sound like anyone?
Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:20 NASB)
So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:15 NASB)
Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men. (Isaiah 52:14 NASB)
I guess what I’m trying to say is that if we choose to, we really can kill God, but it is not done with words from science, it is done with words from man’s heart. The words in man’s heart made Jesus homeless, unemployed, and unrecognizable. The words in man’s heart killed Jesus.
Man’s heart can still attempt to kill the Resurrected Jesus, but He is and always will be the Lord Of Life.
Thanks for reading!