Cornerstone Magazine Spring 2014 - Page 27

CIA MATHEW ENTRY III: Having been such a strong academic, one of my favorite human epiphanies is when man finds God through his search for knowledge. It was in this quest that I found God myself. God was the end in my search for truth, and I came to realize that everything I learned in the classroom, in labs, and in literature pointed to God. One of the grandest presentations of this was in 2007 when Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project, came out with his book Language of God. Oh, how glorious it was up here - seeing a man of such respect, power, and intellect accept and proclaim God’s existence. The book captured many thinkers’ minds, and it forced them to reevaluate their staunch denials of God. Many a times, I have prompted the book to come up in conversations in thinking circles, and I have even used my angelic privileges to strategically have the book on the right table for a certain individual to pick up. How desperately I want my fellow academics to see – “the God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshipped in the cathedral or the laboratory,” as Collins says. It’s such an ironic situation man falls into. They think that the deeper they go into science, the less they will see God. Data and rationality will disprove the existence of God, and they believe they can find all their answers in physics, math, and biology. In the facts and figures and formulas. Oh how wrong man is at times. Even the devil knows that he cannot use science to counter Christianity. For, the more the human mind tries to understand the workings of the universe and the body, the more he encounters realities he cannot see nor touch. This leaves man itching for bigger answers, bigger truths. It’s through this quest for truth and understanding that academics often find God, because they realize He is what fills every gap that science cannot. It’s His hands that made every unimaginable scientific theory and complex protein work so perfectly. And it is from His divine touch that this universe exists in its perfect cosmic order. The more man looks at the science, the more man will see God. It’s beautiful, really. Absolutely beautiful. But scientists often fail to come to this conclusion. Instead, they become caught in the quest, in the search. In an attempt to always be searching and understanding, the men never look beyond themselves and their data. They become obsessed with the process, and lose sight of the end. Or worse, their end becomes an intellectual triumph – publish or perish is the mantra of the private university. I saw this often while on earth amongst many of my colleagues. And now, in heaven, I continue to see it in young intellectuals and old professors below. Man’s desire to know has not changed; however, their repeated rejection of the creator of knowledge will be their greatest hindrance to knowing more. Sources I did not add in-text citations, in an effort to maintain the aesthetic presentation of this written work. It is meant to be a collection of honest, journal entries from C.S. Lewis as an angel, and adding in-text citations would not reflect that voice.Alternatively, here is a chronological list of C.S. Lewis quotes, Bible verses, and external texts that I used to come to the ideas presented in my writing. 1) Through the beginning of Prince Caspian, Lucy is the only child that can see Aslan, and her siblings refuse to believe her. 2) “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey you.’” – Luke 17:6 3) “Aslan stooped his golden head and licked her forehead, the warmth of his breath and rich sort of smell that seemed to hang about his hair came all over her.” – Prince Caspian, pg. 162 4) “Then the Lord God formed man of the dust from the ground, and breathed into his n