Wishing you every blessing for 2016!
“We just don’t have any need for ‘God’ anymore. Science explains how the universe works, and what causes things to grow, and what weather to expect. We should only live by what we can prove – not by what some people just believe.”
Perhaps you have heard somebody say something along those lines. Maybe you believe something like this. Let me make three short points, the ABC of this question:
Christianity and science are giving answers to different questions. Science asks questions like: What is this substance? When does that thing take place? How did that thing happen?
The beginning of the Bible, on the other hand, is much more concerned with the questions: Who made this? Why did they make it? Why are we here?
So we should not expect the Bible to offer us answers to what, when and how questions; but we should not look to science to tell us who made everything, or why we are here.
Everyone has beliefs which they can’t back up with scientific evidence – even scientists! So some scientists believe that there is no God (without being able to test scientifically that belief). And some scientists believe that there is a God (and they can’t test that scientifically, either). And what people believe affects how they look at the world.
One scientist might believe the start of the universe (however and whenever it happened) was caused by God; another might believe it began randomly, because they believe there is no God.
But both views about God are a matter of belief, not scientific evidence. So, science can’t prove Christianity is wrong, nor can it prove it’s right. It can’t prove or disprove the existence of a God who works through science (like the God of the Bible).
The big question then becomes: “Does the God of the Bible, who controls his world and usually uses what we call scientific processes to do so, actually exist?”
Jesus once said to a storm on a sea: “‘Quiet! Be Still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” You can read the full story yourself in the Bible by turning to Mark 4:39. Here’s the God who controls everything, including scientific processes. He is in charge of science (he invented it!). The more we discover about how this world works, the more we see how ingenious its designer is.
Why not read the whole book of Mark in the Bible to discover what it tells us about Jesus, the Son of God?