I Can’t Be A Christian, Because Science Has Disproved the Bible (Selected Text)

Aside

“The more I study science, the more I believe in God.”
Charles Darwin, Biologist

“There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other. Every serious and reflective person realizes, I think, that the religious element in his nature must be recognized and cultivated if all the powers of the human soul are to act together in perfect balance and harmony. And indeed it was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls.”

Robert Jastrow, Physicist

“It may seem bizarre, but in my opinion science offers a surer path to God than religion.”
Albert Einstein

Intro

There are a lot of smoke screens out there in relation to God and the Christian faith. As a matter of fact there are at least 3 things that many Christian fundamentalist and hardcore materialist agree upon in relation to events that happen in in reality that have helped etch the chasm that ostensibly exists between Science and God. First, There is only one cause of all phenomena. Second, If God is the cause, His fingerprints must be obvious and evidential, and Third, when natural explanations can be found to explain the event, there is no need for God.

The fact is, God most often works in the ordinary, and not the miraculous, so when one side tries to make everything the miraculous, it skews God’s involvement just as much as those that want to mitigate the need for God in phenomenal events. God is always the ultimate cause of everything, though the events are most often the result of proximate causes in the ordinary.

The fact is, there are no reputable theologians throughout history that would hold to the above three statements. When dealing with God and His “Providence” (God’s intervention in the world). He acts most often in ordinary means. This means that the miraculous is God’s “Special Providence,” and isn’t expected at all times. If everything is miraculous, nothing is miraculous sort of speak. God works through science, technology, doctors, wars, famines, disasters, victory, defeat, promotions and demotions, etc.

Therefore, if science discovers something about the universe, they are only discovering God’s handiwork, which is why most of the most famous of scientists turned to science; to discover the fingerprint of God. They understood the universe to be a rational place, because they believed in a rational God that designed it.

When the scientist uses the universe and all its phenomena to discover things, it is doing nothing more that art historians researching a great work of art to discover more about the artist. The problem lies in the fact, that to the skeptic, they can only see the artwork, and miss the artist!

Big Picture

There are no major disagreements with science and the bible, when we allow both disciplines to work within the spheres that they are intended

From the Head…

I realize that no matter what I say regarding the sciences, I will please neither the skeptic nor those that hold to a specific understanding of science and the bible. Here are a few caveats:

  1. I am not a scientist, and most likely, neither are you, so let’s not pretend to be one because we read an article
  1. The bible was NEVER intended to be read with 21st century, enlightenment lens’ reading back into it. Thus the whole young earth/old earth debate is a response to Darwinian discoveries, and enlightenment attacks on the bible, and misses the point of Genesis and the bible as it relates to science at all.
  1. Scientist that believed in the biblical understanding of a rational, personal God have made some huge contributions in the formation of science as we know it, and discoveries that have changed our world.

Much of the Confusion Is Centered on Myths

One of the biggest myths is that both Columbus and Magellan were at war with the church, and were out to prove the Roman Catholic Church wrong in regard to their antiquated view of the flatness of the earth. According to historian Rodney Stark, Every educated person of the time, including Roman Catholic prelates, knew the earth was round.” As a matter of fact, four key “Saints” in the Catholic Church taught that the earth was round. Bede (7th Century), Virgilius (8th Century), Hildegard (12th Century) and Aquinas (13th Century) all taught that the earth was round well before Magellan and Columbus made their voyages; they did so based on biblical truth such as what you find in Isaiah 40:22, which makes it clear that the earth is “Circular” or more accurately in Hebrew “Spherical.” This was written when all men believed that the earth was flat and positioned on the back of a turtle, or held up by the gods (Atlas).

One of the most popular books of the time was entitled “Sphere” written in the 13th Century, and in the same century as Columbus’ voyage, Catholic Cardinal Pierre D’Ailly (Chancellor of the University of Paris) wrote that, “although there are mountains and valley’s on the earth, for which it is not perfectly round, it approximates very nearly to roundness.” The fact is, Columbus sailed mostly as a missionary in response to Matthew’s exhortation to “Go,” than to dispute any Catholic teachings regarding the flatness of the earth.

Myths such as these have contributed greatly to the idea that Science and Christianity are incompatible, but when real research looks at the facts, we most often found that many of the stories we believe regarding the church and science are false.

Christian Theology Helped Give Rise to Science As We Know It

There is no doubt that heretical theology has produced heretical history (Inquisitions, etc.). When the church was pursuing heretical, Ptolemaic, Greek cosmology.

The rise of science has in the 17th and 18th century, most often been credited with enlightenment thinkers that had jettisoned the dogma of the church for the reasoned mind of unfettered men. Men such as Voltaire, Diderot and Gibbons propagated much of this thinking in order to promulgate their atheist ideals.

True science is governed by two pathways to discovering truth; Theory and the Research to prove their theories. Science therefore, is limited to the phenomenal world (The world of stuff), and cannot make any real advancement in the “Abstract.” Agnostic German Philosopher Immanuel Kant was right when he said that, “Science could never disprove the existence of god, but neither could it prove him.” Much of modern science, when it comes to origins, is based more on theory than research.

For instance, some skeptics have turned to the “multiverse” theory of the universe to try and explain the extreme odds that life originated per chance in this single universe. The problem with this is as Greg Easterbrook (Wired Magazine Science writer) writes is, “the multiverse idea rests on assumptions that would be laughed out of town if they came from religious texts.

Historian Alfred W. Crosby reminds us that, “in our time the word medieval is often used as a synonym for muddle-headedness, but it can be more accurately used to indicate precise definition and meticulous reasoning, that is to say, clarity.” History actually tells us that the so called “Copernican Revolution” did not contribute much more to the idea of a heliocentric universe that was already posited by the medieval scholars that he learned from, who most often promulgated a Ptolemaic (2nd Century) cosmology, and not a biblical one.

The fact is, most of the scholars that led to the rise of modern science were not only educated in the church during the “Dark” ages, but continued their pursuit of scientific truth, because they believed in a personal, rational God who created the universe, which gave them confidence that their work would not return void.

God’s Creation Points To Him (Romans 1:18-20)

As the Psalmist says in Psalm 19, The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” It seems dishonest to not be able to admit that gazing into the universe does not point you to a creator at all. We would never treat a classic work of art like that. As a matter of fact, I find it funny that when someone sees crop circles, they assume someone made them. The universe is far more wonderful and complicated than crop circles. Our verses remind us that “man is without excuse,” because God has made Himself “evident to them!” Skeptics begin their line of thinking in doubt, and want everything proven to them in a fashion that they create, but many of their own beliefs are not provable in this way. Thus our belief in God and ultimately Christ is based on evidence, and man’s rejection is based on blindness, not lack of evidence.

God’s Creation Has Rejected God and Believed Their Own Lies (Romans 1:21-23)

The fact is, mankind, in his arrogance and subsequent skepticism, has rejected God and His truth, in order to believe their own, and have created systems of thought that defy logic, good reason and theological truth. While believers are most often reviled for not thinking, and being irrational, it is their own thinking that denies clear laws of causality to form their own conclusions in regard to how the universe was formed.

… to the Heart

Science has given us some incredible advancement in technology, medicine, etc. and for that, we can be thankful. However, science alone still struggles to give humanity meaning or hope, especially as it veers from the origins of that hope, Jesus Christ.

Every worldview begins ultimately in faith, but all truth must also concur with the rational faculties that God has given us, and to that theologian Michael Horton reminds us that “Christianity is not anti-rational, irrational, or nonrational, but It transcends reason. It provides answers, which observable data cannot verify.”

Science does not disprove God, because scientific methodology is not equipped to deal with the meta-physical and the abstract. Christianity gives us answers beyond what science can answer, and science gives us far better answers regarding materialistic phenomena than the bible does since that’s not the intent of scripture.

It all comes down to who are you trusting? And why are you trying to “Prove” God to skeptics?

  1. What is science?
  2. Is the bible a scientific book? Explain?
  3. In what ways do we reject God, when we look to science to prove Him?
  4. How are science and theology similar?
  5. How are science and theology dis-similar?

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Blessing Bundles: Yesterday, Today and Forever

 

Blessing Bundles: Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 
Hebrews 13:8

Recommended Reading
Hebrews 13:1-8

About forty million adults in America suffer from anxiety, making it the most common mental illness in the country. But even those who haven’t been treated for an anxiety disorder experience daily stress, tension, and fear. Our worries can center on things that happened in the past, either recent or distant, the circumstances currently facing us, or fears of tomorrow.

When your past comes back to haunt you, turn your thoughts around and thank God for past blessings. His care for you in days gone by is far greater than any perils or problems, and His redemption is deeper than any regret. When a current distress torments you, turn it into prayer and praise, and thank God for promising to never leave you nor forsake you. Whenever you’re tempted to fret about tomorrow, start praising Him for the eternal nature of His love, for a future just as bright as His promises.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever — and so are His wisdom, grace, peace, sovereignty, fellowship, joy, power and love. He gives His blessings in bundles — yesterday, today, and forever — so our gratitude should be eternal.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. One day we all will meet Him around this dynamic truth…. He is ours — the unforsaking, unchanged Christ.
Calvin Miller, in Fruit of the Spirit

The Light of His Glory

 

The Light of His Glory

One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple. 
Psalm 27:4

Recommended Reading
Psalm 73:16-17, 23-28

At a meeting of the Socratic Club in Oxford, England, in 1945, the Christian apologist C. S. Lewis said, “I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” In his biography of C. S. Lewis, Alister McGrath explains what Lewis meant: “We can look at the sun itself; or we can look instead at what it illuminates — thus enlarging our intellectual, moral, and aesthetic vision. We see the true, the good, and the beautiful more clearly by being given a lens that brings them into focus.”1

The psalmist Asaph had a similar enlightening experience. He was confused and frustrated about the prosperity of evildoers in the world — “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end” (Psalm 73:17). When he went to the temple to worship God, suddenly he saw the answer — the answer was God! Somehow, when we “worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2), life looks different.

We worship God not only because He is God but because we see everything else more clearly in the light of His glory.

In the light of God, human vision clears. 
James Philip

1Alister McGrath, C. S. Lewis: A Life—Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2013), 277.

Voluntary Thanksgiving

 
 

Voluntary Thanksgiving

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalm 107:21

Recommended Reading
Psalm 107:8, 15, 31

The American Pilgrims weren’t the first to give thanks with a meal: “The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning” (Leviticus 7:15, NIV 1984). Due to the lack of refrigeration, the “fellowship offering of thanksgiving” had to be offered and eaten on the same day. Today we enjoy leftovers for several days after!

The Israelites did not restrict their expressions of thanksgiving to one day. “Thank offerings” could be offered at any time as a type of “fellowship offering” (Leviticus 3; 7:11-34), one of the five categories of Old Testament sacrifices (the others were burnt offerings, grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings). A fellowship offering was a voluntary offering. When offered for the purpose of thanksgiving, it included not only an animal sacrifice but various breads to be consumed as a meal.

Voluntary is the key word. We are free at any time to thank God for His goodness and wonderful works: “Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).

God’s giving deserves our thanksgiving. 
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Mercy and Praise

Mercy and Praise

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 
Romans 11:33

Recommended Reading
Psalm 136

One of the most beautiful doxologies in Scripture comes from the apostle Paul in Romans 11:33-36. Leaving Paul’s doxology in context begs the question, What caused Paul to burst out in these words of glory to God at this point in his letter?

The doxology begins in verse 33. Looking back at verses 30-32 which precede the doxology, we find one dominant theme: the mercy of God. Paul mentions mercy four times in verses 30-32. In Romans 11 Paul is talking about how the wild branches of the Gentiles have been grafted into the root stock of Israel. And in verse 30 he says that all who receive mercy from God do so in spite of their disobedience, Jews and Gentiles alike. And God is committed to such mercy because “the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable” (verse 29).

God’s promises are made on the basis of His character, not on the basis of our worthiness. God’s mercy is always a good reason to offer praise and worship to Him.

Who shall the LORD’s elect condemn? ‘Tis God that justifies their souls, and mercy like a mighty stream O’er all their sins divinely rolls. 
Isaac Watts

Worshipping Toward God

 

 
 

Worshipping Toward God

I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth. 
Psalm 138:2

Recommended Reading
2 Chronicles 6:36-39

In Babylon, David prayed three times daily (Psalm 55:17) “toward Jerusalem” (Daniel 6:10). Solomon made reference to praying toward Jerusalem in his prayer of dedication for the temple. If God’s people were taken captive to another land and they prayed toward Jerusalem in repentance, he asked God to hear their prayers (2 Chronicles 6:38-39). Solomon may have learned about praying toward Jerusalem from his father, David. In Psalm 138:2, David wrote, “I will worship toward Your holy temple.” Though the temple had not been built when David wrote this psalm, he was probably referring to the tent he constructed to house the ark of the covenant (2 Samuel 6:17).

The idea is this: Wherever God is, that is where we turn our face in worship. So David worshipped toward the ark of the covenant, where God dwelt. Besides worshipping obediently, David worshipped gratefully: He worshipped God because of His “lovingkindness” and “truth” (Psalm 138:2).

We should worship the same way today — directing our worship and praise toward the God whose loyal and unconditional love draws us to Himself.

The heart of prayer is gratitude. The voice of prayer is obedience. 
William A. Ward

Overshadowed

Overshadowed

 
The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you. —Luke 1:35
 
The assassination of US President John F. Kennedy stunned people around the globe 50 years ago yesterday. The day after the shooting, an article in The Times (London) spoke of the reverberations being felt throughout world financial markets. It carried the headline, “All Other Events Overshadowed by US Tragedy.”
 
There are times in our lives when a death, a tragedy, or a sudden turn of events eclipses everything else. It happened to an unmarried young woman who was told that she would become the mother of the promised Messiah, God’s Son (Luke 1:26-33). When she asked how this could happen, the angel Gabriel said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you” (v.35).
 
The impossibility in Mary’s life was overshadowed not by darkness but by the brightness of God’s glory and power. Her response continues to leave us in awe: “Let it be to me according to your word” (v.38).
 
In the coming weeks, as we read again the Christmas story and consider the birth of Jesus into our world, it’s worth pondering the word overshadowed. It speaks so powerfully of the Lord’s presence in our hearts and His ability to outshine the darkest moments. 
 
David McCasland
I’m overshadowed by His mighty love,
Love eternal, changeless, pure,
Overshadowed by His mighty love,
Rest is mine, serene, secure. — Ironside
In every situation, we are overshadowed by God’s mighty love and power.