02 February 2018

This 'n' That

When it comes to science and medicine, I continually find myself fascinated. Daily, in fact. There have been so many helpful and desperately needed advances in medicine over the decades and centuries. From better understanding of natural remedies, to creating lifesaving or quality of life-improving medications and devices, we most certainly are blessed to live in a time such as this.

True, many chronic conditions remain just that—chronic. But many are now tolerable thanks to modern medicine. Take, for example, the 2016 approval of the artificial pancreas. This was a huge advancement in the treatment of Type I diabetes, and researchers have not stopped with this initial device. I was reading this article in Massachusetts General's magazine, Proto, and was excited to see that there is ongoing development of a device that would not only regulate insulin, but also glucagon. While no man-made device will ever function exactly like the God-created human body, it is amazing to see how God has gifted fallen men to discover and create as they have.

And that leads to yet another thing that makes me marvel: the unbelief of so many doctors and scientists. I once attended a cardiology seminar, and heard the young cardiologist say something to the effect of: "You see, the heart evolved to..." I almost laughed out loud. How could this man, so intelligent and obviously gifted, deny the reality of a Creator?
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. (1 Corinthians 3:19)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)
Ah, yes, that is how they can deny the existence of their Creator! Sin. The Fall. Deception. Pride. Man simply cannot accept that he is not the highest being.

Still, God uses even fallen men to advance His purposes. We certainly see that throughout Scripture with men like Pharaoh and Pilate and others. So we, as redeemed children of the King who must live in this broken world, take advantage of the gifts God has given us through modern medicine. We thank our good and gracious Father for the way that He heals through these advances and through the hands of these men whom He has gifted, even if they refuse to acknowledge His sovereignty. Finally, we take comfort in knowing that, even if earthly medicine cannot cure our ailments, one day we will be with our Lord Jesus Christ in glory. There will be no more tears, no more sickness, no more death, no more sin. Oh, what a glorious day that will be!

Well, since I live in Allergy Alley, I suppose it's probably time for me to take some sort of a pill. While I do that, why don't you sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Loving your neighbor means you're willing to tell him or her the truth.
  • An interesting anecdote about a conversation with Jurgen Moltmann.
  • There are some vaccines that I don't necessarily advocate for, such as the flu vaccine. But when it comes to something like measles, please vaccinate your kids. 
  • Oh my. This is the world we live in. You seriously cannot make this stuff up.
  • I don't get it. The man's disability obviously didn't prevent him from raping a girl, so why should it prevent him from going to prison for his crime? So wrong.
  • This is amazing, multiplied by 1000. HT to Phil Johnson.
  • Are you eager to be discerning, but aren't very interested in the doctrinal work that builds discernment? Yeah, that's a problem.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I would love to meet this woman. Based on her words, she obviously has a belief in God, as her Jewish heritage would promote, but the article does not reveal if she has faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ. Let's pray that, if she has not heard the gospel, she will!
  • This will simultaneously break your heart and cause you to praise God, for His ways are higher and loftier than ours. Will you pray for our brother and sister as they walk through this difficult time?
  • Let's be content to be ordinary, and let our extraordinary God be, well, extraordinary!
  • This looks like an interesting read, but I won't know until/unless it comes out on Kindle. I've moved too many times with too many boxes of books to keep collecting unnecessarily. Besides, they gather less dust in electronic format.
  • Charles Finney. Sigh. So. Much. Damage.
  • Praise God for the second Adam!
The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart. —John Calvin

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