September 2010 Tyrannus Academy Report
Sometimes we are confronted with conflicting issues during our studies at university. According to the scientific and academic community, as well as in the media, it is assumed that science is the basis of discovering truth and generally discounts the existence of God. What can science tell us and what is science incapable of telling us about life? A critique of Dr. Stephen Hawking’s new book “The Grand Design” helps us to understand the difficulties of understanding questions of origin and meaning through only a physical science approach. In fact how does atheistic science “explain away” the evidence a designed universe? Though S. Andrew’s lecture, we learned that despite such arguments, the evidence of God’s work of creation speaks for itself in the universe and in biology.
There is a clash of world views happening. The Bible world view states of the existence of a personal God who created the universe. Human beings are created in the image of God and thus we have an inherent value that is non-negotiable. On the atheistic world view, they perceive that human beings are not so special. Stephen Hawking said, “Philosophy is dead… so it seems that we are no more than biological machines and that free will is just an illusion.” Their world view is based on the material. There is no recognition of the spiritual.
Despite all the knowledge that science has provided, no science can tell us the meaning of our existence. In short, they cannot answer the “Why?” of our existence. Andrew gave an illustration of a woman named Matilda who baked a cake. A group of the world’s top scientists studied all aspects of the cake from its general form all the way down to its molecular structure. However, can they determine why Aunt Matilda made the cake by scientific analysis? No. She can only reveal it according to her will. Likewise, God chose to reveal the “Why” through the revelation of the word of God in the Bible. We could learn about God’s love and design through the Creation, and through the miraculous incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, we examined several postulations from various fields of science. We examined evidences from biology, evidences from cosmology and physics, and the rationality of science. We give thanks to prof. John Lennox for his structure of apologetics of this great theme.
After S. Andrew’s lecture, S. Sylvia Na gave her message based on Psalms 8. When we perceive the ultimate vastness of the stars and heavens that God created, how could a Great and Glorious God care about me? When David considered the greatness of God, he had to ask: How can a Great God care about puny men? Man tries to picture themselves as an advanced technological society, but the reality of the darkness of the nature of man is ever more clearly revealed. Man without God are, in reality, violent and restless wanderers in this world. Then, what does God see in us? Why would he send Jesus to bring redemption for mankind? Sending Christ is proof of God’s care for us in a personal way. God’s word to us is proof of his care for us to guide us into the path of righteousness. The proof is, though we are infinitesimal compared to the universe, God created us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Humans are created by God to be caretakers of God’s world. When we consider God in our lives, we can give thanks for his wonderful love for us. Science cannot answer: “Why?” “Why did God make these things?” “Why did God make me in this particular time?” Through the study of God’s word, may we meet Him and He will explain to us and will tell us what we have to do in our lives. When we carry out God’s mission, our lives become full of purpose and meaning.
Our next Tyrannus Academy will be held on October 29th, 2010 at our Bible house. Our theme will be based on Post-modernism.
Our Tyrannus Academies are inspired from the Apostle Paul’s discourse in the hall of Tyrannus in Ephesus during his missionary journey to reveal the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Acts 19) Our lectures are designed to tackle current issues of society so that we may answer the question of the reason of our hope in God. (1Pe 3:15)