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SCIENCE ….

  1. M. Harding, Ph. D„ ASTRONOMY,

New York, Garden City Publishing Co., Inc., 1935

THE CHARTER OF SCIENCE IS FOUND IN GENESIS

 

“Who can study the science of astronomy and contemplate the starlit heavens with a knowledge of the dimensions of the celestial bodies, their movements and their enormous distances, with­out bowing his head in reverence to the power that brought this universe into being and safely guides its individual members? From earliest times the most religious people have been the astronomers—those who had some idea as to their relation to the universe.

Astronomy and religion cannot be separated. No minister of the gospel can explain some parts of the Bible without some study of the universe. The Bible is not a textbook on science and it was not written for that purpose. However, it con­tains many scientific statements that are abso­lutely correct. In fact, if the author of the book of Job was not an expert astronomer of his day, he at least knew much more about the subject than the average person gives him credit for knowing. Buried deep within the pages of this book are many hidden astronomical truths that are evident only to those who have made a special study of the universe.

The Charter of science is expressed in the first verse of Genesis, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” In our study of arithmetic, we found it- necessary to memorize certain multiplication tables which we were told were necessary before much progress could be made in this field. We have learned from ex­perience that the facts expressed in these tables are true in any language and on any part of the globe. When we come to make application of the multiplication tables to the complex problems of modern life we sometimes arrive at contradictory results, not because our tables are in error, but for the simple reason that we have made improper deductions from them.

In a similar manner, we may work out a scien­tific theory which turns out to be quite erroneous although based upon correct premises. No truer statement can be found in any scientific textbook than the one expressed in the first verse of Gene­sis and no true scientist would attempt to go be­hind that statement. If any errors creep into the development of the science of astronomy they are due to our mistakes and cannot be charged against this fundamental hypothesis upon which we base our deductions.”—Pages 386, 387.

 

 

RELIGION ….

  1. Campbell Morgan, THE TRUE ESTIMATE OF LIFE AND HOW TO LIVE,

New York, Fleming H. Revell Co., 1903

 

(This is a collection of sermons delivered by this famous preacher, and published in book form under the above title. Not long ago we read that the author, although well advanced in years is still drawing large congregations of listeners to his Wednesday evening meetings in distressed London.)

 

THE DIVINE GOVERNMENT OF HUMAN LIVES

 

“Jehovah our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mountain.” (Deut. 1:6.)

“Beloved, let me remind you that the divine government is a very definite fact. God is absolute monarch wherever He is King at all. His govern­ment is autocratic. He does not consult us as to what He shall do with us, where He shall send us, what He would have us to do. Moreover, His government is an imperative government. He never permits us to make compromises with Him for a single moment. He speaks the word of authority. He marks the path without ever con­sulting us, and having done so, our only relation­ship to that government is that of implicit, un­questioning obedience.

Now, consider what this government means. Imagine the stir that must have been created in that camp when the Lord came. “Ye have dwelt long enough in this mountain.” Imagine how tents would be struck, and camels loaded throughout the whole of the camp. The people, who had been living there for a little more than a year, were suddenly rooted up and ordered to move away. Think how at the sudden proclamation of that word of God all social and family arrangements had to be set aside. That word touched every tent and touched every soul and wherever families had arranged to meet together at a certain time for social intercourse, the whole plan was swept away. The divine voice had spoken, “Ye have tarried long enough,” and no engagement is of sufficient importance to hinder the divine word. Tents must be struck immediately. All the minor arrangements of every-day life, important in their place, must be set on one side, because the word of the King is supreme, and is sufficient in itself to set aside every arrangement that these people have made.”—Pages 127, 128,

 

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