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From Research to Redemption…

09.20.15 | by Ray Jones

    Nancy Pierce in her book Finding Truth writes, “Do Christians have to check their science or their brains at the church door? Michael Egnor, a leading brain surgeon, used to think so. After years of rigorous scientific training, he was sure a scientific worldview was incompatible with any form of religion. Ironically, it was science itself that showed him how mistaken he was.

    Engor was raised as an agnostic who regarded Christianity as an inspiring set of moral tales—lessons that were spiritually uplifting but not true. Why was he so certain? Engor explained, "As a science major in college, I was steeped in Darwinian evolution, which seemed to demonstrate that life could be explained perfectly well by material mechanisms alone. There was no reason to invoke God." Egnor's studies also covered Freud, whose theories persuaded him that "religion is wish fulfillment." He continued, "Every time I even considered Christianity, I was stopped cold by the thought that it would mean abandoning scientific integrity."

    Over the years, Egnor rose to the top of his field. He was appointed professor and vice president of neurosurgery at Stony Brook University and became an award-winning brain surgeon, named one of New York's best doctors by New York Magazine. One of his specialties is the treatment of hydrocephalus ("water on the brain"), and while developing a theory of blood flow to the brain, his research took a surprising turn. He realized the cranial system he was studying was like an ingeniously designed gadget. The filter that protects the delicate capillaries from the pulsating force of the heartbeat is a finely tuned mechanism like the vibration dampers widely used in engineering. "In fact," Engor said, "most of what I needed to know was not in biology textbooks but in engineering textbooks."

    Eventually Egnor realized that virtually all biological research operates on the presumption of design. That presumption led him to faith in a Designer and then to faith in Christ as the Designer in human flesh.”

    The Bible says in Psalm 139:14 “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” You were designed by God in order to live for God. You are His amazing handy-work, and that is the TRUTH about you! And it is truth that will transform your life, your existence and your reason to get up each day. Being designed by a creator points to intention… that is, God created you to be someone and live with intentionality and purpose. Now, each of us has God designed uniqueness’s that enable us to fulfill unique God-given purposes that we will be accountable for. But there are some purposes that all of us were created for--- Like these:

    1. We are all created to Walk in a dynamic, personal relationship with God. “... I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
    1. We are all created to Worship God and bring glory to His name. “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)
    1. We are all created to Work for God and serve His Kingdom. “And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “ ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’ ”” (Luke 4:8)

    The fact is, these three things should characterize every follower of Christ, but they are only realized in our life when we recognize Him as our great Shepherd and see ourselves as His committed sheep. We can do all of these today and should, especially as we gather in this place. So let His abundant life become your life today. Let your voice ring out with praise and worship today. And make yourself a servant of His Kingdom by surrendering your will to His will today.

    And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your pastor!!!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray