Science and God

 

Science and God!?

(Already I can feel the room go tense.)

The Story of Galileo   (Oh, that story is o.k. –  audible relief is heard.)

 

From 1589 to 1610, Galileo was chair of mathematics at universities in Italy. While he was there he made significant contributions to the study of physics. In 1609 Galileo improved the Dutch telescope and in 1610 he discovered that Jupiter had moons. His telescope also enabled him to see the surface of our moon and many additional stars in the Milky Way.

At that time the scientific community and the church believed that the Earth was the center of the universe and was stationary. They also held that the universe was a place of perfection.

When Galileo published his findings he became the target of those who thought he was against God. The jagged and harsh surface of the moon could not be real. God wouldn’t make it like that! The moons around Jupiter could not be revolving around Jupiter, they have to revolve around the Earth. God wouldn’t make it like that!

In 1616 the church banned Copernicus’ book which explained that the universe was centered around the sun (heliocentric). They then commanded Galileo to not support this view publicly.

In 1633 Galileo was convicted of heresy and threatened with torture if he did not admit he was wrong. The church placed him under house arrest for the remaining nine years of his life.

 

Fast forward to today.

 

Creation versus Evolution  (Tension returns to the room.)

An internet search for “age of earth controversy” produces 15,7000,000 results.

A search for “Darwin and the church” produces 5,170,000 results.

I have been listening to this debate myself for 30 years. The conclusions I have arrived at are:

  1. This argument will not be settled soon.
  2. Heated debates create animosity on both sides.
  3. This method of sharing the Good News is ineffective.

 

Science is not evil. Scientists are not evil. Science saves millions of lives every year. Science is a fascinating way to study creation and history. God has given us incredible brains and an inconceivably complex world. To use our brains and study our world is to honor the creator of both.

Science is a gift. Every good and perfect gift is from above. James 1:17  Some scientists acknowledge the creator and some do not. This fact in itself does not make science the opposite of belief.

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:12

While we are busy fighting “science” what is Satan getting away with?

 

What was Christ’s purpose in coming and dying? He came to show His love and save us to heaven where we will be with Him forever. John 3:16

Do not devote yourselves “to endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work – which is by faith.”  1Tim. 1:4

Jesus taught that the greatest commandment is to “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matt 22:37

Love touches hearts in a way that intellectual debate does not.

Yes, you should study this topic and know what you believe. Yes, you should be able to explain your thoughts and beliefs to seekers. However, don’t let history repeat itself. Let’s not condemn someone because we are “sure” that God would not do it that way.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Rom 10:10

 

http://www.history.com/topics/galileo-galilei

 

 

 

Charles Swindoll Repost

God’s Major Objective in Your Life
by Charles R. Swindoll

Romans 8:28-29

Our world has become a large, impersonal, busy institution.

We are alienated from each other. Although crowded, we are lonely. Pushed together but uninvolved. No longer do most neighbors visit across the backyard fence. The well-manicured front lawn is the modern moat that keeps barbarians at bay. Hoarding and flaunting have replaced sharing and caring. It’s like we are occupying common space but have no common interests, as if we’re on an elevator with rules such as: “No talking, smiling, or eye contact allowed without written consent of the management.”

Painful though it may be for us to admit, we’re losing touch with one another. The motivation to help, to encourage, yes, to serve our fellow human beings is waning. People have even observed crimes in progress but refused to help so as not to be involved! Our foundational values are getting lost in these confusing days. And yet, it is these things that form the essentials of a happy and fulfilled life.

Remember that grand declaration of biblical assurance etched in the rocklike truth of Romans 8? I’m referring to verses 28-29, which read:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.

Maybe you’ve never before stopped to consider that God is committed to one major objective in the lives of all His people: to conform us to “the image of His Son.”

 

Grumbling

6:00 a.m.             beep…beep…beep  Oh, the alarm clock! It’s Tuesday. I sure wish it was Saturday, then I could sleep in.

6:25 a.m.             No orange juice! The spouse didn’t pick any up. I told them to. Why don’t they listen to me?

7:10 a.m.             That was kind of a boring chapter of the Bible. At least I read it. Some people at Sunday School don’t even read their assignments for next week. I always read mine.

7:37 a.m.             Did you see that guy cut me off in traffic? Who does he think he is? People need to learn to drive!

8:04 a.m.             I was only four minutes late, why does the boss get so huffy over four minutes? He is such a micro-manager.

10:17 a.m.           If this rain doesn’t stop soon, I will go crazy!

10:23 a.m.           Look at that guy. I would never let myself get as overweight as that. I eat healthy.

12:10 p.m.           This lunch tastes terrible. You would think fast food would taste better.

2:12 p.m.             More paperwork? I hate paperwork!

3:26 p.m.             That lady wears the ugliest dresses. She needs to go shopping.

4:37 p.m.             This has been the longest day. Everyone is in such a grumpy mood. Come on clock, tick faster.

5:20 p.m.             Are the neighbors ever going to mow their lawn? Their yard makes the whole neighborhood look terrible.

5:25 p.m.             I’m so tired. Let’s do pizza tonight.

9:45 p.m.             Kids and their school projects! Why don’t teachers give them time in class? I could have finished watching my movie if I hadn’t glued cardboard for an hour.

10:30 p.m.           (in bed, groggy and almost asleep) I don’t like my job. I should look for another one…

James 5:9            Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

1 Cor. 10              v.7   Do not be idolators

v. 8  We should not commit sexual immorality

v.9   We should not test the Lord

v.10  And do not grumble

v.12  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

This chapter is a list of evil things that we often let ourselves fall into.

As a Christian I often take pride in my good deeds. I don’t worship other gods. I am faithful in my marriage bed, and I don’t test the Lord. Yet, as I was reading the other day, it hit me that grumbling is listed right along with “the really bad things.” My view of sin is verses 7, 8, and 9. But not 10.

The Holy Spirit convicted me of this the other day so I began noting how often I grumbled and what I grumbled about. My days are so full of sin!

Lord, change me.