We’ll get to see many likenesses between the light in our world and the Light of the World. When Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world,” He was expressing a great truth. Use this lesson on separating colors for balancing science and the Bible.
Science and the Bible – Lesson & Experiment: Separating Colors
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
– One clear glass
– Tap water
– One sheet of white paper
– A windowsill with direct sunlight (won’t work on a cloudy day!)
1. Fill the glass with water so it is nearly full
2. Place it on a windowsill
3. Put a piece of white paper onto the floor
4. Move it around until it picks up color that has been shed by the glass. This will not be in the direct path of sunlight but off to the side. Where, exactly, depends on the size of the glass and the amount of water. Be patient in your pursuit of the colors.
What do you see?
You should see a rainbow.
When the sun shines through water and comes out on the other side, the water will have separated out the colors that make up white light or sunlight. When light passes through water, the water’s density will make those colors change direction. What we’re seeing is “refracted” or separated light. Each color that makes up white light responds differently to water. Purple bends the most, and red bends the least. The result is the colors sorted out on the paper. Light bends when it passes through water, which explains why the rainbow is not in the exact line of the sun beaming through the glass off to the side.
The most difficult part of this experiment may have been finding your rainbow on the floor. Rainbows are signs of God’s presence in our hearts and our lives (Genesis 9:13). Apostle Paul assures us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that we are new creatures when we accept Christ into our hearts and that God will always be with us to lead, guide, love, courage and protect. However, sometimes it seems hard to find God’s presence.
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what He’s saying to us or doing in our lives. However, just like the sun and the glass and the water, God is always there. To find His will and see Him clearly, sometimes we need patience. We need to be at the right “angle”; we have to be behaving in His will to receive His most colorful promises and messages.
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