But what is truth? That is a question Pontius Pilate asked Jesus. Well, Truth is not anabstraction, it is a Person, the One who was standing before Pilate: the Person of JesusChrist. All endeavors, whether scientific, artistic, mathematical, historical, musical, poetic, literary, theological or philosophical, that seek to study or portray truth, are pointed in the same direction. In particular, Christianity has nothing to fear from thestudy of science, and it is distressing to meet so many Christians who are fearful of or antagonistic towards science and scientists. After all, the universe was created for and byJesus Christ! And that includes the scientific method and mathematical structures! In the book of Colossian, chapter one we read
…for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He madethe things we can see and the things we can’t see…Everything was created through himand for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
[v.16,17, NLT]For me, the intersection of my faith in Jesus, indeed my relationship with Him, and my profession is not just cognitive – by that I mean, having reasons for believing in Him – itis experiential. Let me try to explain.When we witness a beautiful sunset, or see a majestic mountain, a magnificent Redwoodtree, or an oak, a hawk circling high above us, huge ocean waves crashing onto the shore,feel snowflakes falling delicately on our noses, observe the night sky studded with stars,notice a rainbow, walk through a meadow of flowers, you name it [Indescribable] – whatis it that they all have in common? I will tell you, and the answer is on two levels. At onelevel, the scientific one, they are exhibiting patterns following laws that can ultimately beexpressed in mathematical terms. At least, that is my belief. The “laws” were put in placewhen God spoke the universe into existence. And at a higher level all these wonderfulnatural things are doing what they were created to do, and in so doing, they glorify their creator.As I think about the full range of creation from the inanimate to the animate, increasingin complexity, culminating in the pinnacle of God’s creation - mankind, I am struck bythe simple yet profound statement found in the Westminster shorter confession of 1674:
Q1: What is the chief end of man? A1: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.
So: we were made to glorify God. It is not something that happens all at once – it is agradual process, as we come to know Him better, and it will not stop when this life ends.I believe it will go on into all eternity, as our capacity to glorify Him is increased moreand more. But how do we glorify Him? How do we know what he created us for? Theshort answer is – ask Him! That presupposes some kind of awareness of His existence, but goes far beyond that. It requires that I enter into a relationship with Him. OK – howdo I do that?