I think He gave us intelligence and curiosity for a reason. He didn't tell us about atoms, or disease microbes, or solid-state physics, among others. All of these have turned out to be good to know about.
1 Corinthians 12:8 To one indeed, by the Spirit, is given the word of wisdom: and to another, the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit;  To another, faith in the same spirit; to another, the grace of healing in one Spirit;  To another, the working of miracles; to another, prophecy; to another, the discerning of spirits; to another, diverse kinds of tongues; to another, interpretation of speeches.
Sorry, but Scripture says nothing about our intelligence and curiosity being used to find the truth.
 But all these things one and the same Spirit worketh, dividing to every one according as he will.
For us, the study of his creation glorifies God and makes clear His divine providence and wisdom.
Yep. But He did grant us the ability to learn how nature works. Thank Him. This would be a sad and dull place with no mysteries to solve.
I'm sure it would, but see above.
I like His POV in 1 Corinthians.
He gave us a hint in Genesis. He used natural means to produce living things.
I don't think he gives us any hints regarding how he did it.
He says the Earth and water brought forth living things. Seems right to me. Not a lot of technical detail, but a clear demonstration that nature is His, and the way He does many things.
Remember, the Bible wasn't just written for scientists living in the 20-21st centuries.
Of course. He didn't describe the way cell membranes came about for example. He kept it simple, but accurate.
I am extremely sceptical of the idea that modern man is able to use modern thinking to deduce and understand the Bible in a way that ancient man couldn't.
Modern science has come around to the same opinion about the origin of life. Not bad.
It can. But if you accept that it really doesn't affect our salvation, and that God is truth, then finding out isn't a bad thing.
I have never seen anything good come out of these discussions.
Maybe not here. Some boards have unbelievers, and sometimes, as was the case with C. S. Lewis, reason can be a way to come to him. Not many, but over the years, several atheists or agnostics have told me that my talks with them have led them to believe. A good thing, even if I'm not the most productive evangelist.
I'm actually quite astounded by the arrogance of man in thinking he can work out "how God did it". As I said, if science can't explain the miracles of Jesus, why should we believe it can explain the creation, a far greater event on a far greater scale?
As Einstein said, the most incomprehensible thing about nature is that it is so comprehensible to us. We were made to know and understand it.
Edited by The Barbarian, 30 July 2011 - 12:15 AM.