Thursday, September 21, 2017

Science and Faith – Powerful Allies

 

Star Trek’s tele-transportation system could soon be here, according to high-profile Australian physicist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki; after scientists isolated the Higgs boson sub-atomic particle. This microscopic speck – interacting with an invisible energy field that stretches throughout the universe, enabling matter to attain mass – has been given the nickname “God-particle.”

 

Scientific research is constantly uncovering more  of our universe’s secrets. Yet instead of crowding God out, research keeps revealing the intricacy and interaction of his planning and his balance within all we see – and within all we are still to discover.

 

That’s because science and faith are allies, rather than rivals, in helping us to understand life. Science for its focus on the “how,” and faith for its focus on the “why” issues that invite healthy relationships with God and with others. For science and faith become lopsided and dangerous if they exclude each other.

 

Unravelling the specialised fields of science is best left to those with high IQs, while faith opens doors that even children can explore. And far from limiting our understanding, faith invites us to relax in God’s understanding of us.

 

Faith helps us to detect God’s love, an invisible energy field that also embraces the universe, so we may recognise our value and interdependence. For God broke through the invisibility by sending Jesus into our world, so we may get to know him personally and accept his grace and wisdom in helping others to discover the difference that he can also make for them.

 

Noel Mitaxa

 

On behalf of a church near you

 

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX

 

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