Monday, November 02, 2015

The Wisdom of God

Deo volente, if it is the Will of God that anyone should compile a book on Biology and Science (and teaching methodologies for these topics), the book should be entitled The Wisdom of God

A simple study of Science will tell you that something exists to serve a God-given purpose.

excerpts taken from A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture translated and adapted from the 16th German Edition, by Bishop Frederick Justus Knecht, D.D.

Almighty God made everything to fulfill the end for which He destined it. 

The whole of creation testifies to the wisdom of God. 

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, fresco painting, ceiling of Sistine Chapel c.a. 1512, 280 cm × 570 cm
Examples from two instances in Creation:

A Summary: The Water Cycle
Rivers and streams, many of which are of considerable breadth, are ceaselessly flowing into the sea, carrying into it, even in one single day, a tremendous volume of water. This goes on all the year round, and has been going on for thousands of years, and yet the sea does not overflow! How is this? God has so made it that as much water is incessantly rising into the air from the sea as is being poured into it. But how is it, then, that the streams and rivers do not dry up? Whence comes that volume of water which they are continuously pouring into the sea? The mists and clouds which rise from the sea are driven over the land by the wind, and fall back on the earth in the form of either dew, fog, rain or snow. This moisture collects in the ground and forms springs. These springs feed the streams and rivers which carry the water back again to the sea. It is owing to this continuous circulation of water that the sea does not overflow, or the rivers dry up. Moreover, those damp exhalations supply the air with that moisture which is necessary to the life of men and beasts, and to the growth of plants.

You know that water turns foul when it remains for some time without being stirred. How is it that though it is shut in one place, the water of the sea never turns foul? The goodness of God has provided against this by the constant motion of the sea. Twice everyday the water flows from the centre of the sea toward the shore, and back again. Besides this, from time to time God sends winds and storms which stir the sea to its very depths. 

Another summary: The Water Cycle
Such phenomena as these show us the wonderful wisdom manifested in the creation and preservation of the world. In like manner all other creatures bear witness to the wisdom of God. Bees, ants, ears of corn, leaves of the trees - in a word, all things teach us to admire His wisdom. Whether we contemplate nature in its greater or lesser aspects, we must exclaim with David, 

Quam magnificata sunt opera tua, Domine! omnia in sapientia fecisti; impleta est terra possessione tua.

"How great are Thy works, O Lord! Thou hast made all things in wisdom: the earth is filled with Thy riches" 

Psalm 103: 24

Jesu mitis et humilis Corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

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