“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”- Psalm 139:14
“Science without religion is lame, and conversely, religion without science is blind.”- Albert Einstein
As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 19 of The Grave Robber, he states that the undergraduate course having the greatest influence on his theology was a class on immunology he took at the University of Chicago. While Mark isn’t sure the instructor even believed in God, he considered every class a brilliant exegesis of Psalm 139:14. It also spurred Mark’s deeply held conviction that every ology is a branch of theology.
Obviously, Mark notes, science is a totally inadequate substitute for Scripture. But science does make a wonderful complement to the Bible. In fact, Pastor Batterson adds, the healing of a man born blind doesn’t make sense without a little neurology.
Of all the types of Jesus’ healing miracles, enabling the blind to see entails the greatest degree of difficulty because the human eye is so complex. Even more significant is the fact that Jesus doesn’t heal a blind man, He heals a man born blind. This man had no synaptic connections in his brain between the optic nerve and the visual cortex.
Ophthalmologists would consider the man born blind’s condition irreversible. His window of opportunity had long since closed. However, Mark emphasizes that this is when God performs some of his greatest miracles!
Today’s question: How often have you felt that you’ve missed the window of opportunity? Please share.
Coming Monday: the new Short Meditation- “Mama’s heart”
Tomorrow’s blog: “Anti-miracles”