The Scientist’s Mandate

When God created Adam and Eve he gave them mandates to subdue and rule the earth (Gen. 1:26) and to cultivate and keep it (Gen. 2:15). This mandate is reiterated to Noah in Genesis 9. These are mandates to know God’s creation, to preserve
God’s creation, and to use God’s creation for the service of others and for His glory. The natural sciences, including chemistry and biochemistry, are a means of fulfilling these mandates and thus are legitimate and even desirable
vocations for Christians.

The work of the Christian scientist also comes under the broader kingdom efforts of bringing all aspects of creational reality under the dominion of Christ who is already their rightful Lord. With the apostle we are to take "every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5). This work has a positive dimension in that we attempt to understand all that we learn about the world in relationship to God and his sovereign rule. It also has a negative dimension in that we are called to expose systems of thought and interpretative frameworks that are contrary to the kingdom of God that have been established by unbelievers. Prominent false systems of thought found in the sciences at the present moment are: materialistic reductionism, a view claiming that all things can be reduced to the physical-chemical nature and that denies the reality of any spiritual realm; evolutionary naturalism, a view that sees the entire development of the cosmos as the result of natural forces and which denies any involvement of God as Creator, Governor, or Designer.

Finally, as with all believers, scientists are called to do whatever they do to the glory of God and in the name of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17). Our work as scientists is to be an act of worship to the Lord. Especially as we study the marvelous wonders that He has made we bow in adoration of the One who made them.


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