Science and Faith
I enjoyed last week studying and preaching on Noah. I tried to stay focused on the person and only quickly spoke of the flood and the struggle modern scientists have with its authenticity. I believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. I believe that science exists to help us understand God’s amazing work of creation. This is a starting point that many scientists believe is wrong. If we already have truth, I do not see any logical way to interpret data than through that truth. The flood helps explain so much of the inexplicable in science. The atmosphere before the flood explains how large animals were able to survive. It explains how a large number of species could live on the earth at the same time. It also explains why animals have slowly come to the point of extinction ever since. It explains geological formations like the Grand Canyon and the fossil record that shows millions of species exploding on the scene at the same time (and then dying together to form billions of fossils).
Science and religion can exist together and not contradict. I greatly appreciate what the ministry “Answers in Genesis” brings to this discussion. They are determined to show us how scientific data, not necessarily scientific conclusions, fit with the truth of God’s Word. David Menton, a speaker for their ministry says, “I spent nearly 40 years doing science and teaching science at the postgraduate level. I found no incompatibility between empirical science and the Bible. It is the philosophy of scientism not science that is incompatible with Scripture. Evolutionism is based on scientism. But evolutionism is often equated with science so that anyone who dares to disagree with macroevolution is accused of being opposed to all science. Sadly, some atheists have a better grasp of the incompatibility of evolutionism with the Gospel of Jesus Christ than many Christians do,”
Do not be fooled into thinking that you have to choose between God and science. God created this world and His Word is not incompatible with the data of this world. Colossians 1:17 says, “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” It is through science that we can see the working of God.