And it came to pass that a famous scientist came upon hard times. People called him names, women said he had castigated them unfairly, others questioned his sincerity. Some criticized him for speaking about things that he knew nothing of, and for even bullying children. He spoke to his friends and asked for their support. They agreed to support him. He said to them “Sometimes I wish there were a God, so I could curse him for the horrible world we live in and all the stupid people in it”. No sooner had he uttered these words, when the voice of the Lord began booming from heaven.
“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.*
Who brought about the fundamental explosion of all matter and energy?
Who allowed the forces of the universe to separate and become whole?
Where were you when I created gravity and set its constant to allow for a stable universe? When I made the hyper inflation? When I set up the constants for the strong and weak forces to allow for stars to form.
Were you present when matter aggregated and heated to form stars and later planets and moons?
Did you set up the chemical reactions in stars with the perfect resonance to create carbon?. Was it your idea that when stars exploded at the end of their time, all of their elements would seed planets with the material of life?
Have you formed the Earth with liquid water and a molten core, so that its rotation would create a magnetic field to deflect lethal solar radiation?
Did you create the moon to stabilize the Earth’s orbit?
Where were you when I brought forth life on Earth?
Do you know how the code in DNA was formed?
Were you there when I had the green plants use quantum physics to find a way to make food from sunlight?
Can you tell why all creatures evolve?
Was it you who got living cells to combine into large creatures?
What do you know about how I formed Humanity, so that you have a brain to think about my creation, and a voice to question me?
Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,”
The man listening to God’s voice said
“Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”
And for the first time, be began to pray for wisdom, knowledge and guidance, in the humility that underlies all of true science.
*All lines in italics are from the actual Book of Job.