Tuesday, May 7, 2013

On The Seventh Day - Review

No one wants to be alone. The only one standing for a cause against an innumerable force.

We cry out as Elijah, fearing we are left all alone and destined to fall.

“I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” (1 Kings 19:10, ESV)

The Lord answered this fear by reassuring Elijah that not only was God in control of the situation, but that he also had seven thousand more who were faithful to him in Israel. Though Elijah may feel alone in his trial, there were in fact many who stood just as he.

Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18, ESV)

We need this same assurance today. That we are not alone and that God is in control. We need to see the seven thousand.

This is why a book such as, On the Seventh Day, is so important. In the fields of science and academics the pressure to conform to the secular ideas of evolution and humanism can be overwhelming. Believers can feel isolated and alone, without the support they need to continue on in their faith.

On the Seventh Day is comprised of articles written by forty of these believers who struggle to shine as lights in these dark places. In it they share their love for Jesus and science, how they came to faith, and remain faithful in an environment that has mostly rejected even the idea of God.

The book is broken into two sections. The first includes writings on the reasons the writers have embraced the faith, while the second deals more with what the individuals have experienced as the result of their faith in their studies and work.

The charge has been made that Christians are afraid of science and reason, yet it is science and reason themselves that often reveal to many the reality of our Creator God.

One of the surprising finds, is that the same curiosity and desire for knowledge is one of the main factors in many of those who contributed for believing in God. As they examined the beauty and complexity of nature and life, they arrived at the logical conclusion that there must be a designer who created with a purpose and plan. Time and chance could not explain what they have seen.

In the second half of the book, they share their experiences. They tell of God's supernatural leading in their lives. How what at the time may have confused them, turned out to be for their own good and God's glory. Each of them reveals how though they love science, they haven't closed their eye's to the miraculous.

I recommend this book to those who are in or looking to have a career in science or academia. The message is that, You are not alone. There are believers out there. You don't have to choose between on or the other. You can love and obey the God who has established all science.

I would like to thank Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, for this free review copy.

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