We are sometimes told that the modern mind cannot accept the 2,000-year-old Gospel of Jesus Christ. I first heard the Gospel as a practicing physicist, and I find this opinion about the “modern mind” hard to understand. For when I first examined the gospel message I found that it appealed to me in the same way that physics had first appealed to me. In fact, I concluded that my training as a physicist had given me a viewpoint and a manner of thinking that made acceptance of the Gospel particularly easy.
The way I began to study the Bible was through a Bible class in a home. Here, for the first time in my experience, the Bible was examined seriously. I’d been brought up in a church where the Bible was up on the pulpit, but somehow the preacher and the congregation never really got into what it said. The people in the class took it seriously, and I found that they looked at the Bible in the same way that I looked at nature in a laboratory. It was considered to be reliable and important. If something didn’t seem quite right, they didn’t throw the whole thing away. They studied it carefully, compared different parts, crosschecked things, just as the scientist does in the laboratory. The difficulties were taken as a basis on which to learn more. Everyone seemed to believe that problems could lead to new understandings.
Now, this is a very scientific point of view. Professor P. A. M. Dirac, winner of a Nobel Prize for his work in quantum mechanics, makes this clear in commenting on the quantum theory:
Scientists have learned to live with difficulties; we expect them. Thus the difficult things in Scripture were not the problem for me that they are for many people.
As a result of this inductive Bible study, I also saw the Bible message ...1
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