A Christian’s perspective on the purpose for Science and Technology is to discover the incredible wisdom and creative works of God in nature, and to broadcast and disseminate on a global scale His message of love and salvation from sin’s death penalty.
Science is the observation, explanation, and prediction of real world phenomena. In its early development, scientists were referred to as Natural Philosophers; the term Scientist was later coined in the 19th century. Science was embraced by many as a means for discovering and studying the nature of God’s creation.
Technology for communication had its first breakout when stylus and papyrus was developed for writing, storing, and retrieving information. The next major leap in communication technology was when the printing press was invented and refined, the first mechanical movable type press could “mass produce” (albeit very slowly by today’s standards) the printed page. The first book to be printed was the Bible, known as the Gutenberg Bible, named after the inventor of the moveable type press. The third giant leap in communications technology was the Internet, an era in which we are still seeing major advances in the technology and utilization for communication.
Science has also afforded great advances in medical diagnostics and treatments. The practice of medicine is compassion in action, providing an avenue for showing and demonstrating the love and compassion of God. God heals in more than one manner, He heals using both the miraculous and the medicinal methods, sometimes one exclusively or a combination of the two.
One of the uses of science and medicine is the discovery and study of God’s beautiful and intricate design and creation of the human body, both male and female. A passage that expresses the wonder at humanity’s capacity to conceive, gestate, and give birth to other human beings is in the Book of Psalms:
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
~ Psalm 139:13-14
As with any tool and with any body of knowledge there can be misuse and misunderstanding, either purposefully or through ignorance. Science can be and has been contorted by many scientists into an anti-God system of study and theoretical publications. Communications technology has been utilized by many entrepreneurs and zealots alike for ungodly purposes and to promote anti-Christ propaganda.
Some Christians, with pure motives but poor wisdom, have completely withdrawn from the science and technology arenas because of the misuse by others. However, each arena needs the salt of Christians to be present and active. Salt is a preservative that slows down the decay process of food and other natural materials. Likewise, Christian involvement slows down the decay by the misuse of science and technology by utilizing them for God’s purposes and His glory.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out…
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
~ Matthew 5:13-16
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