We Teach Truth – #4 Science
Batman and the Joker. Republicans and Democrats. Packers and Bears fans. There are just some entities in our world that we can see no conceivable way how the two could ever work together, be in agreement, or tolerate one another in any way, shape, or form. The differences are too great, too vast to be bridged. There is little or no hope of either being reconciled to the other. If we take an honest look at our world today, we could add one more relationship to that mix. Science and Christianity. In nearly all examples we are exposed to, it would appear that the two are incompatible. If you support one, certainly you cannot support the other.
Unfortunately, the body of Christ has all too often bought into this assumption. When asking some of the biggest questions that exist in our world, “where did we come from” or “how did this happen”, believers have been shamed into submission. They have been charged with burying their head in the sand when proposing hypothesis and theories about the world that we live in that incorporate the involvement of a supreme being. According to the world, the Christian worldview blindly rejects fact and reality in an effort to promote a legend or myth that has no bearing on the truth of our existence.
Yet upon further review, the relationship between these vantage points is much closer than the world may want to admit. The issues themselves require much detailed research. The limited space of writings such as this certainly cannot do justice to the evidence that can be brought forth. Where one could start with the foundational building blocks of life, DNA, they would also be able to see the scientifically accepted conclusion that the proteins needed to build those blocks also need that DNA to give the protein directions on how to build. This reality creates the need for both entities to come into existence simultaneously, a reality that can only come from a creator.
Further evidence might be found in the microevolution, small changes within species, that take place. This observation of the world around us does not discount adaptation but helps us to see intent and purpose with the organisms found in creation. That intent and purpose can be seen also in the classification of species, acknowledged and accepted by the science community, but theorized and originated by Carl Linnaeus in an effort to show the organization of God’s creation.
As we probe deeper and deeper into the mysteries and wonders of the world we live in, the more we see the evidence of design and order, the study of which is called Teleology. As we delve into those teleological studies, we come to see the need for a cause to this world outside of itself. This cause needs to be intelligent enough to design and powerful enough to bring into being. We turn to that need and we are reminded in God’s Word, “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) The creation itself continues to reveal to us and lead us to better understand the truth about this one, true faith in that intelligent, powerful creator.
Our faith presents us with an answer to the questions that have yet to be answered by man’s understanding. The world struggles with this reality as it continues to lift up humankind as the pinnacle of intelligence. Yet we rest in the reality that the greatest wisdom is not found in man, but instead in its Maker. “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:8-9) The world is looking for answers to the origin of life. Maybe the one stone it hasn’t turned to find it is the one that was moved from Christ’s tomb.