by Glen Koop
Praise the Lord that we have Gospels written by Matthew for the Jews, as some people think; Mark, possible dictated by the apostle Peter and to whom everything seems to happen “immediately”; Dr. Luke, the physician; and John, a close friend of Jesus.
God did not limit Jesus’ story to one of the gospel writers for then it would not tell the whole story. John concludes his writing with these words: “Jesus did many other things…If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” (John 21:25).
I believe God created the universe, which is much beyond the earth that we occupy. Jesus was, is and will continue to be the Saviour of the world. And I believe the Spirit of God the Father and Jesus the Son is working in the lives of all people, because he loves and desires the salvation of all. God even turns evil into good; Paul speaks to this in Romans 5 and 6.
I also believe that I have personally experienced a new lease on life because God has given men and women the desire to know and understand more of the human body and the illnesses that attack our human bodies, rather than merely having us remain with the knowledge Dr. Luke had in the first or second century. (Sorry, Dr. Luke, but the same will be said of your colleagues of the 21st century someday, too!)
Please, do not take away from God our creator what he has imparted to and still continues to reveal to the scientists of today and tomorrow.
Neither take the view that the scientists of today or tomorrow will have all the answers to life. Scientists, it is your task to keep on studying, testing, and retesting, throwing out theories and adding others.
I believe we need faith in God who has given us the Scriptures; faith in God’s servants who recorded the Scriptures; faith in God’s servants who translated the Scriptures; and faith in God’s servants who model, share and present the Scriptures. And we need faith in God’s servants who are involved in saving humankind for this life and for eternal life.
With God’s building of his kingdom there is more to come; so, let God use all in completion of his-story.
Now retired, Glen Koop long served as a pastor (in Canada, the U.S., and in Lesotho) and as a Bible college professor. He and his wife Betty live in Steinbach and are part of Steinbach EFC. Glen Koop is a graduate of SBC, the U. of W., and Eastern Mennonite Seminary.