Thank God for Technology

Our culture wants a clear separation between science and religion, dividing them into two different spheres with very little if anything in common.

Yet when I pray with people in the hospital I often thank God for working through doctors, nurses, and technicians, and for the gift of medicine. Increasingly I meet with others via phone or via the internet and we begin our work with prayer while using technology. As an engineer I would consult with the Engineer who designed the human body and been led to solutions.

Clothing in store, ready to wear, off the rack...
Clothing ready to wear (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine being in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. They had sewn fig leaves into clothing; the first recorded instance of technology. While large enough to offer some covering, these leaves are rough and stiff; thus ill-suited for clothing. Further as the leaves dried they crumble necessitating frequent repairs. Later God “made garments” for them. But, based on how I have seen God in my life, I doubt God merely handed them ready to wear clothing, but instead led them through the process of learning to make clothes so they could teach their children and grandchildren. Imagine watching them learn how to skin an animal, prepare its hide, and finally cut it to use as clothing. The gift of learning how to make clothing would be as much a divine miracle as ready to wear.

My have come to appreciate science and theology as two ways of viewing the same facts. Science seeks to discern the logical sequence of steps to yield observable facts. Theology seeks to discern their purpose. While both modes of study can be used to anticipate the future, only theology can answer: “Is it good?” Only theology can identify the source of the inspiration that connects one technical solution with another.

It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize it was I who healed them.
Hosea 11:3 (NIV)

 

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