Summary: Many people have heard unfounded rumors that science disproves God. People will commonly say, I don't believe in God, I believe in science. God and science aren't mutually exclusive, but science actually points to God and His existence.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone about your faith, and their response was, “I don’t believe anything that cannot be scientifically proven?” That’s a pretty popular argument today among many people who claim to be atheists. The argument is that since God cannot be proven by scientific research, then that is evidence that God does not exist commonly. Usually, they will say that “the burden of proof” is on the Christian to prove that God does exist.
While traveling on a train in Morocco earlier this year, Ken, Cory and I had a conversation with a young man who made such an assertion. Rather than arguing with him, Ken did a fantastic job engaging him on the topic. We asked the right questions that helped him understand that it wasn’t a lack of “proof” that he needed, but rather it was a lack of understanding. The “burden of proof” is not on the Christian to prove that God does exist; the burden of proof is on the scientist who denies God that God does not exist. And when one objectively looks at the realities of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny, the only logical conclusion is that God does exist. Science points to God.
Usually, the person who uses science to deny God, they are using science to alleviate themselves from the burden of acknowledging God. Because when you recognize the existence of God, you not only have to bring a better understanding of our meaning for existence, but also our responsibility in morality, and then answer the question about our destiny.
We should not let those who use science as a shield from acknowledging go off so easy. The burden of proof is just as weight, if not more weighty on them, because when you scientifically and logically ask the right questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny, you can only arrive at the throne of God. Robert Jastrow, who was the director of operations at the Goddard Space Center wrote in his book, “God and the Astronomers:”
“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” Robert Jastrow, Dir. of Goddard Space Center
And so we come to our question: Hasn’t science out-paced and disproven Christianity? If we come to church, don’t we need to check our brain at the door? Isn't faith in some divine supernatural the exact opposite of scientific reasoning?
These are the assumptions of many, but even Steven Hawking, a brilliant scientist, arrived at a conclusion when thinking of origin that something could not have come out of anything; there must be something more significant that gave life. But criticism without an alternative is devoid of value. He concluded that life must have been deposited here on earth by aliens millions of years ago. And he called us crazy for our faith?!
The enmity between God and science has not always been there, nor does it need to be there. Additionally, science has proven itself wrong more than right. At the end of the 19th century, Lord Kelvin, an eminent and well- respected scientist, said this: “heavier than air machines are impossible.” Less than two years later, the Wright brothers flew their first plane. A short time later, he said: “radio has no future”; “x-rays are a hoax”. History is littered with rejected scientific theories and discredited scientists.
If science is the gold standard for proof, describe love scientifically. Prove that you woke up this morning. In a murder case, we don’t ask for the murder to be repeated so that we can scientifically observe, record, and conclude. Instead, we look at the evidence; we hear the testimony, we talk with witnesses, and we make logical conclusions. If we truly look at the evidence? regarding the origin, meaning, morality, and destination, the only logical conclusion is that there must be a God
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (Psalm 19:1)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:1)
I. Origin: Where Did We Come From?
When we talk about God and science, the best place to have a conversation is in Origin: Where Did We Come From? 1. The Bible says that the universe does have a beginning. God designed, created, and brought it into existence.
Could the universe just pop into existence without any explanation at all? That’s a very odd assumption. Or did the Universe always exist without any beginning? It is impossible for something tangible to exist independently. The chair you are sitting in didn’t just appear; someone had to design it, make it, and place it where it is seated. So, where did I come from, and where did the universe come from? The other alternative is that God created the universe as we know it. In light of these other alternatives, the idea of intelligent design far more likely.