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Summary: Faith and science need not be enemies as the Bible is open to authentic research and study.

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Faith and science: Is there a conflict?

“GOD’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study--endless enjoyment!” Psalm 111:2 (MSG)

“but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New Living Translation)

A. Introduction

Today we begin a new series of messages called “Tough Questions.” Why we need this? Because we need a …

1. AN EXAMINED FAITH: God does not want us to shut down our minds. No blind faith please. The Bible does not encourage people to be unquestioning machines. In fact one whole book of the Bible called “Proverbs” is dedicated to applying wisdom to everyday life. It requires common sense thinking, and not merely going by what feels good. Listen to this…

“but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New Living Translation)

“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth. As a result, many Jews believed, as did some of the prominent Greek women and many men.” Acts 17: 11-12 (New Living Translation)

The reputation of the Berean believers is legendary – they were known for their thorough study and open-mindedness and so were commended in Scripture for it. So should we as believers strive to emulate their example.

2. A GROUNDED FAITH: Preparation is vital for every Christian. We need to be ready to give valid reasons for the hope we have. So when asked we are able to articulate an intelligent reply that is hopeful, and not demeaning others or putting others down.

“…in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 (New International Version)

If we cannot provide a reasonable answer for the hope we have, we’re on shaky ground. Then we might as well be followers of Yoda and not Jesus Christ.

3. A GROWING FAITH: We are to grow up in our thinking

Challenge from the Bible

“Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.” 1 Corinthians14:20 (New International Version). We must not have infantile ideas, but become grown-up in the way we view things. The Bible throws out a challenge to use our brains and not let it go to waste.

Furthermore, growth is expected for Christians as the Bible says “…build yourselves up in your most holy faith” Jude 20 (New International Version). Our faith must not remain stagnant but must constantly grow in response to the Spirit of God who is moving us to become more Christ-like.

B. Is there a conflict between faith and science?

1. The greatness of creation

“GOD’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study--endless enjoyment!” Psalm 111:2 (MSG)

These words from the Bible tell us God’s creation is worth studying. In fact right off the bat, God’s wondrous creation is not to be kept away from genuine research and study. It would seem there is no conflict when there is honest inquiry and study. In fact, It is “worth a lifetime of study”


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Davon Huss

commented on Mar 1, 2007

A well researched sermon!

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