[CF Devotionals] 2013-10-08 - Christians and Science

Erroneous Beliefs about the Bible, Part 4
Bible-Believing Christians Can't Believe in Science

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Some Christians believe that science is evil, and we should avoid any associations with it. These well-meaning people don't realize that historically, the Christian church has been very supportive of Science - with the provision of both funding and personnel. For example, for several hundred years, the Vatican has had one of the largest observatories in the world and has been at the forefront of the world of astronomy (not to be confused with astroLOGY, which is basically hokum and superstition).

Statistics vary on the percentage of scientists who believe in God, but for those who do, science simply confirms God's omnipotence and omniscience. Any true student of the Bible will realize that rather than conflicting with Science, in fact, the Bible was actually ahead of its time scientifically. For example, for years, some Believers - who obviously hadn't read the Psalms carefully - mistakenly believed that the Bible taught that the Earth was flat. If they believed the Prophet Isaiah, they would have already known - before science taught them - that in fact, the Earth was round:

Isa 40:22 It is He who sits above the circle of the Earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. (NASB)

This reminds me of some of the quotes from astronauts who went up into space; they saw just how small the Earth and its inhabitants were, when they were viewing them from a broader perspective.

Modern-day scientists sometimes make discoveries that seem to confirm Biblical history. As recently as August 2013, in the field of archaeology, scientists recently discovered a ceramic bowl that appears to have the name of Zechariah, who was mentioned in 2 Chronicles.

Now, I will briefly share my own personal testimony concerning this matter. In my decades as a Christian, my two semesters of University Astronomy strengthened my faith more than any other event. After doing the math for the orbits of planets, predicting eclipses for hundreds of years ahead - and in general, seeing the order, predictability and majesty of the universe, I came away wondering how anyone studying science could doubt there is a Creator, a First Cause.

We can get too tied down into numbers such as 2000 years for the Creation of the Earth, but that is when we are using manmade numbers. Doesn't the Bible teach that to a thousand years is like a day to our Lord? As the Bible teaches, His ways are above our ways.

As for the "Big Bang," who's to say that it wasn't the moment when God said, "let there be light?" Suddenly showering light onto the entire dark firmament of the Earth would certainly cause a big bang.

Will we agree with everything scientists say? That is doubtful, but with what or whom would we be in 100% agreement? Do you agree with everything your favorite sports team does (perhaps a bad question to ask myself, a Braves fan, during the playoff season!), everything your newspaper says, everything on your favorite television show, or even everything that all your friends or family members believe? If you only accept perfection, you would rule out everything and everyone in your life, except Jesus Christ. And Christ is clear that He doesn't intend for us to live sequestered lives.

It's enough to know that with Science, we don't have to "throw away the baby with the bath water."

Many years ago, someone summed things up simplistically but aptly, by stating that "The Bible tell us Who, and Science tells us how." And I think that says it pretty well.

Series to be continued.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

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