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The Wonder of Life and Non-Life

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How long will it be before newspapers of the world announce that a team of scientists has discovered the chemical formula of life?

Will they be beaten to the starting line by another group that discovers the mysterious subatomic factor that keeps even non-living matter from self-destructing?

As Iranian scientists try to replicate the technology of a downed drone, just imagine how many minds must be trying to reverse analyze something as basic as life itself.

But is there is a non-material presence, even in the life of a Christmas tree, that does not reduce to chemical interactions? Could there be a spirituality– even beyond life– at the subatomic heart of matter– that continues to mystify scientists who are presently chasing something called the Higgs Boson particle (media has dubbed it the God particle) thought by some to explain what gives mass to matter and holds it together?

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Most importantly, could the One whose birth we are once again celebrating with lights and gifts be the One that the “wise men” of science are really looking for without realizing it?

As for the spirituality of life itself, the Gospel writer John begins his record of Jesus birth (John 1:14) by echoing the first words of Genesis (John 1:1-3), and by introducing his readers to the One who is the Source of all life (John 1:4).

When it comes to the mystery of even “non-living” matter, the Apostle Paul describes the same Son as the One who not only created all that exists, but continues to hold it all together (Col 1:16-17).

Could there be a wonder in the lights, gifts, and trees of Christmas that we have barely begun to see?

P.S. For reflective articles that remind us all year long of the One behind the wonder of creation, I hope you’re following the thoughts and amblings of Dean Ohlman.



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17 Responses to “The Wonder of Life and Non-Life”

  1. remarutho says:

    Good Morning Mart & Friends!

    It is a privilege to wish all a joyous and blessed Christmas!

    Mart, you wrote:

    “Could the One whose miraculous birth we are celebrating with lights and gifts be the One that the “wise men” of science are really looking for without realizing it?”

    The writer of Hebrews proclaims: “…the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3) We understand this by faith, not by scientific observation and experimentation. But, what if science is meeting faith in deep space? I recently saw in the news the report that the dark matter project has found black holes (star-mothers) as huge as 300 light years in diameter. Though I am not an astrophysicist, it seems to me that the Hobbs framework for space will have to account for these huge bodies that have ultra-mass and extreme gravity.

    By faith, I must say that Christ, present at the creation, certainly holds together much more than organic and inorganic life. Everything is “through him and for him.” He is powerful to reconcile every particle in the cosmos to himself, where he dwells with the Father and the Holy Spirit. No words remaining for me — only awe and wonder at his powerful love!


  • BruceC says:

    The wonders of creation will never be fully known by man in the flesh; what accept by faith. But now we see as in a mirror darkly.
    It’s interesting how according to natural law that positive forces will repel each other and yet at the nucleus of the atom we have protons sticking together.
    “in Him all thing hold together”. WOW!
    It baffles the human mind and at the same time I am baffled that in all their searchings the non-believing scientists have yet to concede that he is God. we can only pray. And speaking of which; please continue to pray for my mother-in-law.

    Soli Deo Gloria!