If God is who He says He is, and science is knowledge or a system within His creation, there should be no conflict between science and faith. Through the sciences, the truth of God’s creation is evident. If God doesn’t exist and the Bible is just a collection of fictional stories, faith and science will always contradict one another. For those who believe in the God of the Bible, discoveries through science can be one of our greatest forms of worship.
“Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing” (Isaiah 40:26).
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1).
“In the beginning God created…” Before God made light, there was nothing but emptiness and darkness. Then God spoke, and our world and universe came into being. He created the perfect place for animals, trees, plants, and man to live. Everything we needed, God provided. He made air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink, and all the universe’s elements. In a genuine sense, God created science.
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” Abraham Kuyper
Our faith in Jesus makes us children of God. As believers in God, we focus not on self or what we think might be true but rather on The Truth. God sets the standard for all that is good. Our faith in God should be unchanging, whether enjoying the sunset or looking through a microscope. Those who embrace a biblical worldview see everything through the lens of Jesus, which dictates how we think, live, learn, and appreciate God’s creation.
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C. S. Lewis
Science is “the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.” Science is a method that humankind can use to gain a greater understanding of all the areas of science. Through all the hundreds of scientific disciplines, including Biology, Physiology, Anatomy, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, and Astronomy, God radiates His Glory and helps humanity appreciate the wonder of creation. Expanding our knowledge through the sciences enables us to combat disease and find new truths about our universe and the human race.
There is, however, danger when scientists let their biases, theories, and human logic depart from pure science. It is how scientists work that determines what makes science good or bad. In bad science, scientists divert from the scientific method and mislead and hurt those who believe in their findings. Their faith in themselves is fueled by their need always to be correct and promote themselves as a god who does no wrong. They, like us, are sinful, limited humans who, in this case, will find or make up facts to defend their ideas.
The scientific method doesn’t care about the environment or unborn children. Science is all about facts. Faith, however, embraces a holy God who determines what is right and wrong. Faith tells us that all human life is of great value. Faith focuses on the wisdom of God and not the accumulation of knowledge. Faith in Jesus honors and respects the gift of life and could never embrace destroying what God has created. Science agrees that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), but it doesn’t have an opinion on supporting the sanctity of life. Faith in Christ, through the scriptures, says we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and loved by God. Science values discovery; faith values life.
From the Roe versus Wade decision to today, the number of abortions in the United States is 64,958,650. This is one abortion per every 1.3 minutes. God’s laws rule regardless of what the culture or federal law deems reasonable and necessary. Murder is a sin. The consequences of killing the unborn are horrific.
Faith and science should complement each other. In its purest sense, science cannot prove God or the Bible. The atheist scientists agree that they lack a complete understanding of the universe. As a neutral discipline, science is about seeking the truth, not furthering personal agendas. The Christian scientists’ faith is validated when they consider the massive and beautiful universe and the miracle of a newborn baby.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you” (Psalm 139:13-18).