Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Paton: the meaning of "almighty"

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
    —Genesis 2:1-2 (NIV)
    We ought indeed to expect to find the works of God in such things as the advance of knowledge. Knowledge of the physical universe is not to be thought of as irrelevant to Christian faith [simply] because it does not lead to saving knowledge of God. In so far as it is concerned with God’s creation, physical science is a fitting study for God’s children. Moreover, the advance of scientific knowledge does negatively correct and enlarge theological notions—at the least, the geologists and astrophysicists have helped us to rid ourselves of parochial notions of God, and filled in some of the meaning of such phrases as “almighty.”
    ... David M. Paton (1913-1992), Christian Missions and the Judgment of God, London: SCM Press, 1953, p. 17 (see the book)
    See also Gen. 1:1; 2:1-2; Ps. 8:3-4; 19:1-5; Heb. 11:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your creation reflects Your goodness.
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