“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
“Through Him (Jesus) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made”.
Science seeks to measure measurables and explain observables. This is its greatest strength and its greatest limitation. Pitting God against science is making assumptions without the benefit of observation – starting with an irrational hypothesis.
Scientific method relies on the testing of a hypothesis through the systematic collection of evidence.
Science can only disprove the existence of God starting with a hypothesis that God does not exist. Finding scientific evidence to support such a theory proves difficult when all that we see and understand of the world around us points to a creator – the natural inclination when faced with an object of incredible complexity and balance is to assume it is created – rather than the product of circumstance.
Scientific truths reveal the perfect design of the universe around us – scientific observation can reveal the precarious balance of fragile ecosystems, or the breathtaking complexity of a basic cell structure.
If we start with the hypothesis that God exists and created the world we find supporting evidence from observations of the world around us.
The precision of a constantly expanding universe which creates conditions suitable for life on the planet earth, or the way the sun fuses about six hundred million tons of hydrogen nuclei every second, releasing an amount of energy at exactly the right distance from earth. These observations would seem to support the presumption of a designer, or creator.
But, doesn’t evolution disprove the need to believe in a God? Evolution is a theory, which leaves many questions unanswered. For example, how can evolution, which argues that minute changes produce complex function, explain eyesight, which requires all its components (optic nerve, visual cortex of the brain etc) to operate at once? For any one part to evolve independently of the others doesn’t make sense.
At the end of the day the existence or otherwise of God is outside the realm of science; the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved scientifically.
Science seeks answers for questions of what, where, when, and particularly how – it does not, and cannot answer who or why conclusively – except to point to previous theories and observations.
Faith is the ability to hold to a conclusion without specific observations – or evidence. Choosing to reject, or believe in, God requires faith. The question is where do you place your faith?
The Bible makes no scientific claims – it presents God as creator without answering questions of scientific observation. The Bible does make some historical claims – about events that actually occurred – around the life of Jesus Christ. These historical questions are the really important issues of truth raised by the Bible. We’d encourage you to test what Jesus says and whether you think his claims are true.
Jesus said. “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life”. This is found in John’s gospel, chapter 5, verse 24.
You either stand condemned (facing God’s judgement), or have crossed over to life. Which describes you?