Lessons from the Divine Investigator in Genesis
In the Biblical book of Genesis, God investigates His work and that of others on multiple occasions. Ten separate investigations are examined, and the characteristics of God’s investigative work in these cases are noted and compared to the characteristics typically associated with human scientific inquiries. Careful observation, active pursuit of knowledge, and well-crafted questions are characteristics common to several of the investigations. Additional characteristics relevant to the conduct of science include openness to change in response to new data, the value of peer input, and the propriety of experimentation. A message common to all of the investigations is that the purpose of investigation must be to find out information that can be used to further God’s will and serve others. The investigative work done by an omniscient, all-seeing God is conducted for the purposes of revealing truth to people and modeling appropriate investigative behavior, and demonstrates that Scripture not only guides us toward correct interpretations and conclusions, but also gives us guidance in the proper conduct of science as we work toward those interpretations and conclusions. This understanding increases our appreciation of the value of the Genesis account and provides additional grounds for the rejection of interpretations that deny the historicity of the events of Genesis.