Do Faith in God and Science Contradict?

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” – Albert Einstein

Science

1 : the state of knowing : knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding

2 a : a department of systematized knowledge as an object of study 〈the science of theology〉

b : something (as a sport or technique) that may be studied or learned like systematized knowledge 〈have it down to a science

3 a : knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method

b : such knowledge or such a system of knowledge concerned with the physical world and its phenomena : natural science [1]

Science – The systematic organization of knowledge about the laws that govern the world and the universe. The word “science” occurs twice in the KJV (Dan. 1:4; 1 Tim. 6:20), but in both cases the NKJV renders the word as “knowledge.” All truth, whether revealed in Scripture or gained from experimentation and observation of God’s creation, is God’s truth. Ultimate knowledge comes from God and His Word. [2]

Science is a method that mankind can use to gain a greater understanding of the natural universe. It is a search for knowledge through observation. Advances in science demonstrate the reach of human logic and imagination. However, a Christian can have faith in God and have a respect for science, as long as we remember which is perfect and which is not. [3] Truth is nothing to fear, so there is no reason for a Christian to fear good science. Learning more about the way God constructed our universe helps all of mankind appreciate the wonder of creation. The danger comes when we put our faith in human logic above the faith in our Creator. Our belief in science should be intellectual and nothing more. We can count on science to do many things, but we can also count on science to make mistakes. Science throughout history has been wrong: shape of the earth, powered flight, vaccines, blood transfusions, reproduction and even global warming. Man can be wrong but God is never wrong. 

In the Bible, particularly in a passage such as Psalm 8, spells out that man is to be the keeper of nature. If God is responsible for the presence of man on earth then we can understand why man wants to understand nature. This understanding is not only for its own sake, but also in order to ultimately control nature’s resources. This is the essential driving force behind our scientific enterprise. For instance, nuclear energy could not be employed for better or for worse, before a certain amount of knowledge and understanding of the atom had been gleaned through investigation. The reading of nature leads to the control of nature. Somehow our educational system does not or will not teach the truth to an adequate degree to our youth. Romans 1:25 tells us why people believe in bad science: They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”At the same time, the theologians should have spelt out the message that if man is to be the ruler over nature then that carries an awesome responsibility to care for nature. Much of science supports the existence and the work of God. As modern science discovers more about the universe, we find more evidence of creation; complexity of DNA and the laws of physics. As Christians we should seek the truths found in science.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1, NIV)

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” (Psalm 33:6, NIV)

For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” (Psalm 33:9, NIV)

“I want to know all God’s thoughts; all the rest are just details.”- Albert Einstein


[1]Merriam-Webster, Inc: Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. 10th ed. Springfield, Mass., U.S.A. : Merriam-Webster, 1996, c1993

[2]Youngblood, Ronald F. ; Bruce, F. F. ; Harrison, R. K. ; Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville : T. Nelson, 1995

[3] Houdmann, Michael, Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Pleasant Word

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