Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Science or Faith?

“I believe in Science” is a phrase this pastor has been hearing more and more often. Often attached to it is: “I don’t believe in organized religion”. These two statements perhaps sum up an increasingly popular movement in our society to reject the traditions of old and to seek new modernized avenues of thought. There is something very right in a healthy examination of traditions, because to accept traditions for tradition’s sake can cause us to be caught in the mistakes of the past. However, we must consider that when we replace these traditions we replace them with ideals based on strong foundations. Many people are choosing Science as that foundation. However, is Science sufficient enough a foundation to on which to base our eternal destinations?
Hebrews 11:3 gives an interesting comment on this matter: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” In other words, there are things we cannot know except by faith. The origin of the universe, the meaning of Man, Man’s final destination, are all areas where Science has attempted to provide answers, but has produced unsatisfactory results. The reason ought to be obvious. How can finite Man locked in space and time hope to understand things that are eternal in nature?
However, the One Who transcends time has given us answers to what we need to know. These
answers are found in a book which starts with these words: “In the beginning, God…” This book is of course, the Bible which never attempts to prove the existence of God but merely states it. To many this is too dogmatic. They want to leave things open to a plethora of ideas. To state that the God of the Bible is the reason for our being is too narrow minded for them and smacks of  “organized religion”. Such people prefer to keep an open mind, but their open-mindedness can by nature, lead to no conclusions, and if they are truly honest, only to utter frustration.
The truth is, we must begin somewhere. To reject the existence of God based on principles of Science, is to try to explain what Science by its nature was never meant to do. In addition, to reject the existence of God because you prefer Science over faith, is unreasonable in its own right because Science itself begins with statements that are accepted by faith. For example, the Theory of Evolution has many principles upon which it has been built that are not universally accepted by all scientists. This results in so many differing versions of the Theory of Evolution current today, each based on the set of principles accepted.
Is the only alternative all this, to believe in “blind faith”? Those who have accepted the God of the
Bible do not believe we have done so in “blind faith”. We realize we had to have a starting point. That starting point was these words: “In the beginning, God…” The rest is getting to know Him.

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