November 25, 2010 | David F. Coppedge

Thank God or Science?

Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving today, a long-standing tradition going back to the earliest European settlers in North America, the Pilgrims.  Up until recently, the tradition included giving thanks to God.  Now, the trend is to thank one another.  The NASA Director put out a thanksgiving message Wednesday basically thanking all the NASA employees for their hard work over the past year.  Are we supposed to thank ourselves on Thanksgiving?  Live Science put together a list of “10 Science Discoveries to be Thankful for.”  Should you be thanking God, or your local scientist?
    There is no question that science has brought us many blessings, as their list shows: vaccines, understanding of the causes of disease, the Hubble Space Telescope, and more (although their inclusion of SETI at #9 is bizarre, since there have been no results).  We can certainly thank scientists for these and many other discoveries.  But do scientists work in a vacuum, issuing their good things out of themselves?  Or are they dependent on other sources?  If you thank a scientist, who is he or she to thank? 

A scientist could do nothing unless he or she had been given a multitude of gifts scientists take for granted.  Let’s start a short list: a brain, a memory, a skeleton, a heart, cells with thousands of molecular machines like ATP synthase and cilia, eyes, ears, skin, a nose, a mouth, a circulatory system, an endocrine system, a respiratory system, a digestive system, complex systems for extracting energy from food, an immune system, a muscle system, language… That’s a lot to be thankful for already, and the list could easily be prolonged.
    Science can bring us knowledge, health and convenience, but it is incapable of bringing us what human beings need most: wisdom, morality, understanding of right and wrong, advice on how to live and how to find peace, joy, and forgiveness.  How is science helping a confused person by prolonging a meaningless existence?  Even crooks can use knowledge, health, and convenience.
    The Creator gave mankind abilities to learn, discover, and figure out His secrets.  That talent is working out fairly well.  But our deepest needs are not for knowledge and things.  We are not here to learn all we can, then perish and let our knowledge turn into dust.  If knowledge is what we needed, He would have sent us a scientist.  But He knew our deepest need was for forgiveness, so He sent us a Savior.

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