Can you really believe in science as well as God?
This topic is a very prominent book in our modern age, there are a number of books that have been released recently to deny the existence of God as well as suggesting you can only be on one side of either you believe in God or science.
“Anyone who has half a brain knows that science has ruled out the possibility of God”
In ‘The God Delusion’ Richard Dawkins argues that you cannot be an intelligent or scientific thinker if you believe in science and still hold a religious belief. You must be either a scientific thinker or have religious beliefs.
Recent surveys have shown that the ratio of Christians to non-Christian in normal population are very similar to those of christians to non-Christian in the scientific or academic community. One example of a Christian who has been in science is David Wilkinson, who has been a scientist, minister and a professor at Durham university. He has some great talks and videos to look at so do search him up on youtube.
“At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain peaks of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak, but as he does he greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries” – Robert Jastrow – Director of NASA space studies.
The more scientist discover , the closer their view fall in line with biblical accounts of creation. Theories seem to come and go and idea constantly change whilst all the time biblical truth still seems to hold up. Of course this doesn’t show there is defiantly a God but does show that science hasn’t disproved God or that science and God have to be polar opposites to each other.
“If science doesn’t prove it then how can I believe it!”
Well this relies on the truth that science has and can prove everything and that it will prove everything to either be true or false. Science doesn’t and cannot do this, there are things left unproven and not everything is as simple as a true or false answer. Science can have a good go at answering the How? questions but doesn’t have any answer for the why and who? questions. One reason why a scientific mind may struggle with the Bible is because the word of God doesn’t target the how? It looks at the who and why?
“Science has explained nothing. The more we know, the more fantastic the world becomes, and the profounder the surrounding darkness. The fight between science and God is often due to the fact they are competing for different titles.” – Aldous Huxley – Renowned Atheist
Science has often be shown to be wrong, until the 16th century the world was thought to be flat. Now we know the earth revolves around the sun and is a sphere.
“What about the theory of evolution – does that not contradict the belief in a creator God?”
Firstly we have got to think about two kinds of evolution…
Micro evolution – this speaks about an adaptations that are happening and have happened.
Macro evolution – this speaks of things evolving by chance from nothing.
The bible doesn’t disagree with micro evolution, in fact it says the God didn’t create this world and leave it but it intentionally involved with this world and is sustaining and controlling everything that goes on. (Col. 1 v 15 – 17 and Isaiah 40 v 25 – 26).
The bible does speak about life from nothing but it says that this life from nothing did not happen by chance. The bible speaks of an ordered and intentional creation. This world didn’t come about quietly, so there very well might have been a big bang but there was a God putting that all into motion and intentionally looking after what he creating.
If you took all the part of your plasma tv and through them up into the air, no-one would expect all the parts to fall perfectly together to make a perfectly working tv. To think that the world all just formed together perfectly would require a huge amount of faith, dare I say more faith then to believe in a creator God.
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This post was written by Pete Oram, an intern at Gold Hill and one of the leaders in our youth ministry.
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