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The point of all these examples is to show that science exists outside of a formal scientific method, and God reveals through this method too since human rules don’t restrict God. Instead, He gives knowledge when He sees that it’s needed, and He supplies this knowledge in the way that He chooses to supply it.
George Washington Carver
Consider George Washington Carver’s scientific method:
“Man, who needed a purpose, a mission, to keep him alive, had one. He could be . . . God’s co-worker . . . My purpose alone must be God’s purpose . . . As I worked on projects which fulfilled a real human need; forces were working through me which amazed me. I would often go to sleep with an apparently insoluble problem. When I woke, the answer was there. Why, then, should we who believe in Christ be so surprised at what God can do with a willing man in a laboratory? Some things must be baffling to the critic who has never been born again.” ~ George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver used the scientific method of working as a partner with God. As Christians, we work as partners with Christ. So when the answer to a problem comes, we don’t take the credit; we give God the glory.
“God is going to reveal to us things He never revealed before if we put our hands in His. No books ever go into my laboratory. The thing I am to do and the way of doing it are revealed to me. The method is revealed to me the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain, I would be helpless.” ~ George Washington Carver
From this quote, we see that George Washington Carver expected divine revelation in the laboratory, and he didn’t consider himself the source of any knowledge. As a result, he could do amazing things since he found true premises as God revealed the nature of the created world to him. Of course, ungodly persuaders aren’t happy with George Washington Carver’s method of doing science and predictably try to denigrate him and belittle the many scientific advances God accomplished through him.
God also reveals reality to those who refuse to acknowledge Him. However, without acknowledging God, they can’t have certainty about anything because, in a worldview without God, there’s no distinction between revelation and made-up stuff. As a result, everything becomes made-up stuff in such a worldview. This lack of discernment motivates ungodly thinkers to become dogmatic about the “made-up stuff” they like. It motivates them to oppose anything that they don’t like. They can’t know the difference between truth and error, so they believe in the stories of evolutionism with the same enthusiasm as they believe a real, material world exists.
“…if we do not take Christ seriously in our everyday life, all is a failure because it is an everyday affair.” ~ George Washington Carver
We now understand more fully why the human mind can’t work correctly without the presence of the Holy Spirit. So, we know why George Washington Carver walked with Jesus Christ every day, moment-by-moment. Because of this walk, God continually unveiled reality to George Washington Carver. And God is willing to unveil reality to every human being. We can have this relationship with Christ right now through Jesus Christ.
“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.” ~ George Washington Carver
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” ~ George Washington Carver
“My prayers seem to be more of an attitude than anything else. I indulge in very little lip service, but ask the Great Creator silently, daily, and often many times a day, to permit me to speak to Him through the three great kingdoms of the world which He has created—the animal, mineral, and vegetable kingdoms—to understand their relations to each other, and our relations to them and to the Great God who made all of us. I ask Him daily and often momently to give me wisdom, understanding, and bodily strength to do His will; hence I am asking and receiving all the time.” ~ George Washington Carver
Lest we think this revelation came to George Washington Carver only through observation and not through the Bible, we consider the following quote:
“The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible.” ~ George Washington Carver
We need to remember that God reveals reality to both believers and unbelievers. For example, King Nebuchadnezzar was no believer, but he received revelation of the future in a dream. And Pharaoh wasn’t a believer, yet he received the revelation of coming events to save Egypt from famine. Both of them had to get the interpretation from a godly person, though.
We’ve already looked at several scientific breakthroughs that came in dreams. A naturalist might make up a naturalistic explanation for this inspiration. However, the naturalist is just making up a story and calling the story “an explanation.” Made-up stuff can be convincing, but it’s not a valid way to determine truth.
We’ve seen that scientists don’t always progress through planned experiments. For instance, we know that it’s not uncommon for a scientist to try to find out about one thing when God reveals something else. Of course, the human mind often twists God’s pure revelation, and when the human mind distorts pure revelation, we hear speculations like the big-bang-billions-of-years-no-Flood-molecules-to-humankind story. So, to avoid this distorted thinking, God commands us to acknowledge Him in all our ways rather than leaning on our brute-beast minds. When we acknowledge Him, He’ll direct our paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Though some won’t follow it, God provides this process for science, engineering, Bible-study, worship, finance, politics, marketing, and every avenue of life.
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