Out of the Darkness Came the Hands that Reached Through Nature Molding Men

There was news this week about the Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to three US scientists. Their profound discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate, rather than at a slowing rate as had been previously assumed with the Big Bang Theory, has stirred lots of new discussion among the scientific community. It’s also the catalyst (yeah, had to throw in a scientific term here) of today’s quote about creation.

“Out of the darkness came the hands that reached through nature molding men.” – Bible or Not?

As we ponder the universe, and its creation, many believe that science and faith are mutually exclusive. That is, one cannot have both faith in God and His creation and believe in scientific discovery. We call it scientific discovery because that’s exactly what it is – discovery. God is the creator, and we are the explorers of the universe He has created. Even the fathers of modern physics, Newton and Einstein, knew that.

This week’s news about the expanding universe once again demonstrates that when we think we know something, a new discovery comes along to remind us that really don’t know much. And it spurs on new scientific initiatives, and new discoveries, each one revealing the greatness and the vastness of our God. Consider that the creation is reflective of God’s nature, and when we see even the simplest flower, we can see His beauty. And when we look out into the cosmos, we see His infinite omnipotence.

Surely we can see that science and faith are perfectly compatible with each other. Perhaps the conflict is between scientific and religious institutions, not science and faith per se. Without God there would be no science, and there would be no faith. God has created us all, in His image of mind, body and spirit. To not use each of these would be a sin.

Oh, today’s quote – “Out of the darkness came the hands that reached through nature molding men” – is not from the Bible. It was written by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1089 – 1892), English Poet Laureate in a not-so-famous work called “In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII 124“. The poem was written in 1850 in memory of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam.

The more popular Bible quote about “out of the darkness” goes this way:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

- Genesis 1:1-3 KJV


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