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:
- This argument will not be settled soon.
- Heated debates create animosity on both sides.
- 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