Our Postmodern Science

It is rare to see any scientist acknowledge God’s ways and the nature of His creation. Our sciences, sadly even the hard sciences, have mostly abandoned the concept of evidential, objective truth. The idea of holding intellectual inquiry accountable to measurable reality very often goes by the wayside.

In their effort to reformulate standard quantum mechanics to explain the quantum measurement process, Yakir Aharonov and his student Jeff Tollaksen state the following (edited for clarity):

…Freedom-of-will and destiny can “peacefully co-exist” in a way consistent with the aphorism “All is foreseen, yet choice is given.”

The concept of free-will is mainly that the past may define the future, yet after this future effect takes place, i.e., after it becomes past, then it cannot be changed: we are free from the past, but, in this picture, we are not necessarily free from the future. Therefore, not knowing the future is a crucial requirement for the existence of free-will…

Suppose there is a person who can see into the future, a prophet. Then while we, at the present are making a decision, and have not yet decided, the prophet knows exactly what this decision will be.

At this point, as long as this prophet does not tell us what our decision will be, we are still free to make it, since we know that if the prophet had told us what our decision was going to be, then we would be free to change it and his prophecy would no longer be true.

Therefore, the prophet could be accurate as long as he doesn’t tell us our future decision. [That is,] we are still free to make decisions based on nothing but the past and our own mind. Our decisions stand alone, and the prophet’s knowledge does not affect our free-will.

They argue that reality obeys rules (quantum mechanics) that support this view.

Remarkably, this describes the relationship between God and His creatures. God says of man through Solomon:

[God] has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11b (English Standard Version)

And of Himself through Isaiah:

…Remember the former things of old;

for I am God, and there is no other;

    I am God, and there is none like me,

declaring the end from the beginning

    and from ancient times things not yet done,

saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,

    and I will accomplish all my purpose.’

Isaiah 46:9-10 (ESV)

By their statement, we have scientists who, wittingly or unwittingly, exemplify the scripture:

For [God’s] invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. Romans 1:20a (ESV)

Would that other scientists follow their example with intention. If only they would believe God and take Him at His word.

What Is Free Will?: Chosen By God with R.C. Sproul, April 23,2015, YouTube, Ligonier Ministries

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