Engineering is God’s creation. Our desire to build is modeled after His character. We testify to His image in us when we design. He is the Designer, we are the designers.
In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.
So God created mankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
(Genesis 1:1-2:3 excerpt)
Creation is fallen and its original beauty was lost at the Fall.
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Engineering was part of the Fall.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
(Genesis 11:1-9 excerpt)
Engineering is in need of redeeming and renewal as all of creation waits for the revealing of the children of God.
For creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
Wayward brothers and sisters in engineering need Jesus.
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Technology can advance the Gospel (notable ex., Gutenberg Press), but it cannot be seen as more powerful nor more tactical than the person of Jesus Christ and the Word.
God’s intricate and loving design can be found even in abstract mathematics and intangible algorithms. Every thought of design originates from the Father.
This age of information and its people will pass away, yet God will not change.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
For, “All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.
Engineering needs Christ.
He must become greater; I must become less. (John 3:30)
Computing Technology: Created, Fallen, In Need of Redemption?, Joel C. Adams
Computing in the Image of God, Keith Vander Linden
How to Glorify God at Work, John Piper
How Can a Business Person Glorify God in Their Work?, John Piper
Why Should a Christian be an Electrical Engineer?, Melani Plett
Forming a Christian View of Computer Technology, Derek C. Schuurman