17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne was a particle physicist, and Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University. He had always been active in his Christian faith but when he reached his mid-forties he decided that he’d “done [his] bit for physics”, resigned from his university position, and began a second career in the Church. After a number of years as a parish priest he returned to the academic world and made a significant contribution to the field of science and religion. Polkinghorne describes the universe as a “multi-layered reality”, but what ties those layers together? Polkinghorne’s answer is that they reflect different aspects of God’s character: his rational mind, his joy in creation and his goodness. “You could say that the universe is a world shot through with signs of mind and, as a theist I think that it is indeed the mind of God that is revealed to us in this way.” Some physicists have searched for a ‘Grand Unified Theory’, or ‘Theory of Everything’. Polkinghorne says that “I actually believe that the grandest Unified Theory, the true Theory of Everything, is provided by belief in God.” (Ps. Dale)
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
- What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you can share this message with?
Pray for focus; fix your eyes back to Jesus and acknowledge Him at the center of everything.