We’ve referenced science a few times in the previous posts. Even though this isn’t a series on Christian evidences, it’s still important that we place science in the right framework in light of the Creation.
Here are a couple of verses to ponder –
(Rom 1:20) For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
(Psa 8:3-4) When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
God says that we can learn about him from his Creation. And that is surely true even if we use a telescope or a chisel to take a very close look deeply into space or the rocks.
Therefore, there can be no contradiction between God and science. God made science. And if they seem to us to contradict, the flaw is in our understanding.
God speaks to us not only through his word, but through his Creation. And God helps us know him better as we view his handiwork. And we instinctively recognize this.
I mean, ask a hunter or fisherman why he enjoys his sport, and many will speak of how nature speaks to them of God. Being in the wild naturally brings our hearts and minds toward God. We can’t help but see him in natural beauty.
As we reflect on this bit of God’s glory, which is all of God we can bear to see, the Spirit helps us understand that this is from God and that the Creator is far more glorious than the creation.
I well remember visiting Yosemite National Park 25 years ago and being utterly drawn toward God — seeing the unspeakable beauty he’d made for our enjoyment.
And we’re moved to poetry, because if words were good enough, we wouldn’t need the Spirit to help us –
(Isa 40:21-31) Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. …
25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. …
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
And if the Creation speaks to us of God, obviously enough, we have a certain responsibility toward it.
Therefore, all efforts to set science and Christianity at odds are doomed to failure — indeed, are anti-Christian. Rather, science is a subset of theology. We learn about God by studying his Creation.
We have nothing to fear from cosmology, quantum physics, and such. Whether it’s string theory or plate tectonics, science reveals God.
Christians should be among the most dedicated, committed scientists. We should delight in each new discovery and reflect on its meaning for the nature of God.
Of course, this hardly means that we must accept all conclusions reached by a scientist. Scientists can do bad science just as theologians can do bad theology. But we don’t reject either science or theology because some make mistakes.