“Bearing in mind what we have been discussing above it is clear that the natural sphere in which science operates is supported by unseen laws. These are the underlying “cause” of the “effects” we experience through our senses. But they did not come into being by themselves. They also have a “cause” in relation to which they too are considered as “effects.” This idea brings with it the possibility that they may not be the “constants” they are presumed to be and upon which much of scientific theorizing depends. It is possible then that science could really be nothing more than an exercise in chasing shadows rather than finding out the truth. This would not mean there is no absolute Truth. Rather we have to look beyond these “laws” underlying the world of effects in order to find them.
Expanding this further, we are informed from the scriptures that there was a time when the universe was not. This is implied from the statement of Gen. 1:1,
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Heaven and earth are created realities. When we speak of “created” this is not the same as “formed.” The latter presupposes the existence of something which is subsequently formed. In Gen. 2:7, it stated, “…God formed man of the dust of the ground…” Contrastingly when a thing is “created” it is usually from “nothing”! It is also important to understand here that “nothing” exists as a state by itself. It has its own nature characterized as the “clearness” we spoke of earlier. Freed of everything it forms the backdrop to “something, anything and everything”! The ability of God to create from nothing is the primary evidence of His omnipotence. As we seek to grasp the dimensions of this along with His omniscience and omnipresence, we derive a sense of eternity. Eternity itself defines the reach of his holiness, the radiance of his presence…” p.125
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