Faith vs Science, I Don't Know and That's Okay.
A Quick Introduction For This Hub.
With the discoveries of modern science, the mysteries of the world seem to be decreasing. Man has been to the moon and back, the human genome has been mapped, and questions can be answered in a snap via the internet. We have gadgets for every purpose under the sun, aiding us in everything, from exploring the atom, to the Ice on Mars. Indeed, man has been allowed to discover much in the last 100 years.
Sadly, many believe that science is disproving long held Christian views; making it difficult to believe Biblical accounts. I am finding that folks who are weak in faith often succumb to the mocking skeptics when confronted with “scientific facts”. For me, these discoveries serves to deepen the mysteries of creation. I believe that the Bible was true 100 years ago and is true today. For the most part, science has served to help me better understand my faith.
I freely admit there are things that cause me to scratch my head and question my understanding of scripture, reminding me that mysteries still exist; that some things still belong to God. This idea has become foreign. The existence of God and the reality that we know only what he wants us to know is unsettling to the atheistic scientist. “Not knowing” is unacceptable. But in truth, it is arrogant to believe that Humanity has all the answers. In the face of my accusers, I cling to my faith and remind them that not everything has been revealed; that they would be wiser to resist drawing conclusions. Despite their objections, my best and most honest answer is still “I don’t know and that’s okay.”
Do I believe that God created the earth in 6 days? Yes I do for that is what the Bible teaches. Critics would say I am a fool to believe such things, science has proven that it took billions of years. I accept the biblical account, but I freely admit that it leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Is there a way for both the Bible and science to be true? Sure there is. We just don’t know what it is. In time, God willing, we may find the answer. If not, that’s ok too. Until someone comes up with an explanation that units the truth of God’s Word and the truth found in nature, I will live by faith.
Some Christian folks are very intimidated by science. Instead of taking a neutral stand, they feel the need to defend their faith. When they can’t, they get angry, refusing to see the truth; or they jump ship by leaving their faith altogether. Dear believer it’s ok to not have all the answers. Saying, “I don’t know“, is not a sin. When confronted with a mystery, never allow humanistic interpretations to stir up doubt in God’s Word. If my time on this earth has taught me anything, it is that different conclusions are often drawn from the same facts. Political and personal agenda’s shape the way we view and understand the world around us. Unless the Bible states a thing absolutely, it is often best to remain neutral. This is true whether you are applying biblical truth to matters of faith or science.
A Foolish Conclusian.
The Truth Shall Set You Free
The Bible teaches us that we as Christians shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free (John 8:32). I have seen this proven time and time again. In the absences of truth, men often invent superstitions; some of the superstitions are silly, while others are harmful and can bring death. I am convinced, despite Claude Vorilhon's opinion, that God is real and it is He that liberates us from from our superstitions through His Word when it is truthfully applied to our lives. Jesus said “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly”. (John 10:10) Truth always brings life and it sets you free from false doctrines and the mad rantings of atheists.
In closing I would encourage you to allow science to build your faith, allow it to become an extension of God’s Word. When you are left scratching your head, Cling to faith and remain committed to scripture and the pursuit of truth. Resist the temptation to accuse God or your faith. Refuse to draw a conclusion that does not align with scripture. Baffle your faithless accuser with an answer rooted in faith, “I don’t know, and that’s okay.” I think you will find, as I have, that the things that remain a mystery will always belong to God.
Your Brother in Christ
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