In addition to my scripture readings I’ve also been reading “The Improbable Planet” authored by Dr. Hugh Ross. I’m about three quarters of the way through his book. I highly recommend this book.
Hugh Norman Ross (born July 24, 1945) is a Canadian Christian apologist, and old Earth creationist. Ross obtained his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Toronto and his B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of British Columbia. He established his own ministry in 1986, called Reasons to Believe that promotes progressive and day-age forms of old Earth creationism. Ross accepts the scientific age of the earth and the scientific age of the universe, however he rejects unguided evolution and abiogenesis as explanations for the history and origin of life.
“The Improbable Planet” can get pretty scientifically technical some of the time so for those of you who find scientifically technical books difficult (of which, I include myself, by the way), there is a YouTube video that Hugh Ross has out on the same subject. You can view it here. It runs for 1 hour and 21 minutes but it is well worth the investment of time.
But Hugh Ross’s book isn’t the main purpose of this particular post. My inability to comprehend complicated thinking is. My background is in Information Technology (IT) so it’s not that I’m below average in my mental capabilities, it’s just that I have come to recognize and accept that my ability to comprehend difficult and especially highly technical multiple subjects is unquestionably limited.
Many times within my professional career, when I was giving an overview of what was planned with regard to upgrades or changes to an IT network, I would see some of the eyes in my audience glaze over as I started using IT related acronyms and expounded upon the various phases of the implementation. And most of the people to whom I gave these presentations to, where highly intelligent. So it’s not a matter of not being intelligent, it’s a matter of what field of science or medicine or Information Technology or whatever field of knowledge that an individual enters into for their life’s work. I’ve learned, over time, that just about everything is complicated and very little is relatively simple. I’ve also learned that every person has their own area of expertise and to never look down on any area of employment, no matter how trivial it might appear. We can indeed learn from everyone and no one knows it all.
But the reality of my limitations to get proficient in a given area of knowledge is restricted by the amount of time I can dedicate to that particular field of knowledge plus my ability to take that knowledge and use it is a positive way, where it provides a service that other people can use. The kicker, from my perspective, is time and the limitations of my God given natural talents. Plus the fact that there are an awful lot of areas of knowledge in this world that are indeed complicated. And the additional reality that some people are gifted with a higher ability to comprehend certain levels or areas of thinking than I am. That’s where people like Dr Hugh Ross, Ravi Zacharias, J Warner Wallace or Dr William Lane Craig come into play, and I’m grateful for all of them.
But when it comes to understanding God’s revelation to mankind and comprehending God’s Word, we, as Christians, are all on common ground. We have our natural God given ability to comprehend and we have God’s Holy Spirit to help us. That’s a powerful combination. Our natural God given ability to comprehend is limited by time and the degree of our God given ability to comprehend but the Holy Spirit is not limited. He can do all kinds of things that most times we are not even aware of. He can bring other scripture verses to our mind, He can use a situation that we’re in to convict us of something that we are doing that is sinful, He can link real life situations with God’s Word so that we have a real life example. He can open our eyes to realities that we cannot see. He can change our hearts and our minds. And most importantly, He can help us pray and bring us closer to our Lord, Jesus and our heavenly Father.
One of the things that we need to understand is that God the Father is no respecter of persons. That means that every single man and woman He has ever created is on an equal footing with Him. That means that He has an equal love for each person He has ever created and He is not going to be playing favorites with anyone. And no matter where one is born or what kind of society one lives in, if someone is truly seeking God, He will open a way for them to find Him.
This means we all have an equal opportunity to be able to inter into God’s perfect plan and destiny for our lives and then allow Him to build our life up and take it into the specific directions that He will want to take it in.
There’s no elevated spots at the feet of Jesus, we’re all sinners and it is only His shed blood and our faith in what He accomplished on our behalf that brings into the presence of our Father God. That’s God’s one condition, that’s God’s one requirement, to believe in His Son and we all can do that, if we chose to.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!