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Faith vs Science, I Don't Know and That's Okay.

Updated on September 9, 2014

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

ABR


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      Scott Adie 

      13 months ago

      To me, there is no conflict between God and Science. I find using science to disprove God or disprove some scientific theory or idiom, is a fools folly. God created science too. The mysteries of science only prove Him more. Often the lofty 'facts' of science require as much or more faith to accept than accepting God does. Science teaches us many fascinating things about life on planet earth. One question always remains that science has not answered. Science tells us how things work but it can't tell us why. No matter how many ways or times science drills down to the conclusion of how things work factually, it doesn't tell us what makes these things happen as they do.

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      Richard Parr 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Thanks ABR. The conflict between what God says and what we see has been the standard test of faith throughout human history. As hard as it may seem at times, God instructs us to be anxious for nothing, least of all for conflicts between scripture and scientific theory. Voted up.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks ABR for this Hub. The truth is no one, including the scientists, knows everything And it is arrogance for anyone to say anything different. The Scriptures plainly teach that "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6). We all need to be humble enough to say at times that "I don't know, and that's ok." Thanks again. I enjoyed it. God bless.

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      William Kovacic 

      4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      More good stuff, ABR! Why do we feel we must have an answer for everything? Still evolution and atheism are just another religion based on faith. Must of the beliefs are not proven facts as they would have us to believe, but come from a bias of preconceived ideas and built on faith. Thanks for allowing us to be honest in our faith and just admit we don't know everything. We are not God. Up and sharing!

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      Caleb DRC 

      4 years ago

      Your first sentence: " With the discoveries of modern science, the mysteries of the world seem to be decreasing." Well, Aaron, all I have to say concerning this first sentence is, There is nothing wrong with your sense of humor! Not only is science coming up with copious more questions with each answer it discovers, but it is also confirming God's Word---conclusively.

      Yes, science has answered the question of inheritance. That is one question it has answered but the questions associated with the DNA molecule are endless: How does the information get stored by the geometric structure of DNA? How does the RNA read it, and how does the atoms and molecules know what to do with that information? Where does the EMF( electromagnetic force) get the information to store it in the DNA, and how does it know how to do this? Ultimately where is this information stored?

      Yes, science has answered the riddle of the constancy of the speed of light. That is one question it has answered but the questions associated with Einstein's Relativity theories are nearly endless: Both space and time have physical structure? How can that be? How can time depend upon speed and gravitational force? How can space be stretched, and bent? What are the origins of space and time? How can such enormous density be stored in the center of a Black Hole? Why does mass increase with speed?

      Yes, science has answered the questions associated with black body radiation, photoelectric effect, wave / particle duality, orbital shells, and oh-so-many-more questions in theoretical physics. Science said quantum mechanics answers them all. But, oh my God--and I do mean oh my God, the magnificent Creator of it all by Jesus Christ--don't get me started on quantum mechanics! The questions associated with that answer are truly infinite.

      How has science confirmed God's Word? It told us space has structure, and that God stretches it( Isaiah 42:5; 45:12; 51:13). This predicts two more fundamental forces which we have not discovered yet--perhaps one of them have been discovered, but the Bible( when I say Bible, I mean Scripture) predicted it thousands of years ago. The Bible also has predicted DNA, quantum mechanics and Fractal Geometry. I believe it even tell us where the information of DNA is ultimately stored: in the structure of space itself. Job 38:36 says wisdom( wisdom is not just knowledge but the ability to know what to do with knowledge) is put in the inward parts. Then Jeremiah 51:15 and 10:12 says space is stretched in understanding and discretion. It may take enormous power to stretch space but it requires no discretion or understanding to stretch anything. However, if God is storing the information in space itself then it would require understanding and discretion.

      Science both glorifies God and confirms His Word. Our science proves God's existence, omnipotence and omniscience. And science most certainly displays the simple-mindedness of evolutionary theory--the most asinine conjecture ever vomited upon an easily duped and feeble-minded people. Fortunately, Christians, and it doesn't take much of one, have not been taken in by such stupidity as the "theory" of evolution.

      I like your stalwart stance of Faith. Faith is the foundation upon which one should stand, and you are right, Aaron; if science contradicts Scripture, then science is to bring up the rear, not God. Jesus Christ is the Creator of this universe, and all that it contains. Our science attempts to explain how God did it, but in the final analysis, our science will always be in a primitive and elementary state compared to the omniscience of God.

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