Christians must be careful not to elevate science beyond its place (Part 2)
If the Bible is true, then why do some of the smartest men, like Einstein, and most other scientists today, reject it as mythology?
In a culture that has benefited tremendously from the advancement of science, from microwaves to computers to space labs, we must be careful, as Christians, not to elevate science beyond its place. It is easy to be intimidated by the supposed weight of evidence in science against God, the Bible and the supernatural. It is truly ironic that so many reject the Bible because they believe it conflicts with science. This apparent contrast between science and God has been and continues to be fostered by many in education and in the scientific community today. Students are repeatedly told to separate science and God; that these are two separate realities. “If you want to believe in God and the Bible. Fine. But this has nothing to do with science.” The irony is that this is not what many of the founders of modern science thought. Many were not only firm Bible believers but were convinced that true science proves the Bible and vice versa. Matthew Maury, under whose direction the “Wind and Current Charts” ,which revolutionized sailing, were published in 1847 was a pioneer in the science of oceanography. He said, “I have been blamed by men of science...for quoting the Bible in confirmation of the doctrines of physical geography. The Bible, they say, was not written for scientific purposes, and is therefore of no authority in matters of science. I beg pardon! The Bible is authority for everything it touches...The Bible is true and science is true, and therefore each, if truly read, but proves the truth of the other.” Isaac Newton said, “I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.”
Now, before I go any further it must be understood that these men were not perfect. This brings me to the ultimate answer to your question which is found in Psalm 118:8, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” We cannot judge truth or any scientific reality by what men say. The only source of real truth is revealed truth from the creator of truth, that is, the revealed word of God. We should not allow such amazing scientific accomplishments to turn our attention away from God and direct it to men. In fact, just the opposite should be true. The more we learn about science the more we should be in awe over the magnificence of the creator of it all. “Science,” according to Louis Pasteur, “brings men nearer to God.” He also said, “The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.” James Prescott Joule, whose principle of energy conservation formed the basis for the First Law of Thermodynamics said, “It is evident that an acquaintance with natural laws means no less than an acquaintance with the mind of God therein expressed.”
Thus, it should not be misunderstood that since science deals with empiricism, what can be seen and observed in the present, that it should exclude any supernatural explanation of what cannot be seen and observed. The origin of the universe and the existence of God cannot not be proved by science but, as can be seen by these statements by the founders of modern science, science can and does reveal and confirm the existence of God. True science can only be helped by the Bible and a knowledge of the one, true God. Hence, Carolus Linnaeus, who developed the system of classification for naming plants and animals, said, “Let us...not set aside God’s works, but, guided by them, revere the Master!”
Finally, it must be known also that many scientists and “smartest men” today accept and confirm the truth accuracy of the Bible. Warner von Braun developed many of the rockets used in the space program including the satellite “Explorer I” launched only four months after Sputnik. He was also heavily involved in the planning of all three manned space programs--Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. He said, “Manned space flight is an amazing achievement, but it has opened for mankind thus far only a tiny door for viewing the awesome reaches of space. An outlook through this peephole at the vast mysteries of the universe should only confirm our belief in the certainty of its Creator.”
In addition, hundreds of scientists belong to scientific organizations dedicated to defending the Bible like “The Creation Research Society” which has a membership of over 600 scientists with graduate degrees in science.
Therefore, we should not accept the based widespread error that real scientists do not accept the Bible. As seen above, many do and especially many of the most significant scientists in history. Some other such scientists worth mentioning that believed and applied God’s truth are Johann Kepler, Robert Boyle, Lord Kelvin, Michael Faraday, Clerk Maxwell and the father of modern biology (no, not Charles Darwin) but John Ray.1/6/01
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Originally published in the Rockdale/Newton Citizen