God created science!

Atheists in their ignorance think Christianity is against science; they read the book of Genesis and conclude that God and Christianity must be against science as it doesn’t fit in with the idea that people are a matter of chance, or the fact that humans are intelligently created by God, and were always separated from animals in creation. Christians refusal to accept the Theory of Evolution as pure science, have made people get a misguided view that Christianity is against any developments that are being done in the scientific world.

Of course it doesn’t help that a great scientist like Galileo was persecuted by the church, because of his scientific discovery that the earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around. According to the church leaders of the time, Galileo contradicted Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, and 1 Chronicles 16:30 which states that “the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved.” Church leaders also had a problem with the fact that Ecclesiastes 1:5 says ‘the sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises’. By reading these bible verses alongside Galileo discovery that it’s actually the earth revolving and not the sun, it’s easy to conclude that the Galileo’s findings contradicted the bible. But that was not the case. Galileo explained his findings by saying ‘the writers of the Scripture wrote from the perspective of the terrestrial world, and from that vantage point the sun does rise and set’. The reward for Galileo’s great scientific effort was being convicted of heresy, and sentenced to imprisonment and later house arrest.

Isn’t it true that from a terrestrial world, the sun rises from the east and sets on the west, like the bible teaches? As Galileo said, the bible is not contradicted by his Heliocentrism theory. So what can we learn from the Galileo affair?

  • The bible can be taken out of context

It’s clear that the church leaders of the time interpreted the verses from both terrestrial and non-terrestrial world, while that was not supposed to be the case. The verses make perfect sense from a terrestrial world and they agree perfectly with science, yet the church leaders were not willing to apply the correct context which was to look at them from a non-terrestrial world. (And of course we can’t ignore the translation errors as the bible is translated from Hebrew and Greek to different languages of the world).

  • Science and Christianity always coincide

Even though the church decided to charge and convict Galileo with heresy, they saw their error and corrected it, although 76 years too late. This teaches us that even though science and Christianity can disagree at one point in time, we can be sure that true science will always be reconciled with the bible.

Even though the Galileo affair is well in the past, the conflict between the bible and science has continued to rage even more fiercely today. The conflict may not be about Heliocentrism theory anymore, but the intensity is the still the same. Any mention of science and Christianity in the same sentence will likely cause controversy anywhere in the world. Infact it’s difficult to even find a science university student who is a devout Christian, and is not on the brink of quitting science. If ever there was a research on the matter, it would reveal that Christian students reject Christianity as soon as they complete their first semester in science studies. They are made to think that Christianity and science are not compatible, and a person has to choose between the two. I have been unfortunate to know a couple of Christian students who have rejected the Christian faith as a result, and they have now dedicated their lives to ridiculing Christianity as being an enemy of science. Horribly so, there are also those who have discontinued their science studies as they feel they couldn’t take the ridicule the bible is being subjected to in our science classes.

But what does the bible say about science?

Firstly, let me state it unequivocally that the bible is not a scientific book, and it was never meant to be a scientific book, even though it makes statements that have great scientific impact. As sincere as it is, it’s wrong for Christians to make scientific statements based solely on the bible, while ignoring solid scientific research that can’t be disputed. As we have seen with Galileo affair, it’s easy to take the bible out of context and make it say things that it doesn’t say. If you bring translation errors into the picture, even though they have been minimized drastically, then it becomes even more important to be careful about making scientific statements solely from the bible while ignoring solid scientific research. Does this mean we shouldn’t take the bible literally? No, we should take the bible literally and in the right context, while eliminating all translation errors, but we should also remember that the same bible says we only know part of the story while the other part we will know in heaven (1 Corinthians 13:12). It is this part that we don’t know that should make us consider all reasonable scientific researches, without dismissing them outright. The bible says ‘the secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever…..’(Deuteronomy 29:29). So Christianity has a biblical duty to be open-minded to scientific researches, so we can tap into the secret things that God hasn’t revealed to us clearly through the bible.

Many people think science exist outside God’s jurisdiction; that God doesn’t care about what scientists discover and He doesn’t offer any assistance to science as He does to evangelism. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. In Exodus 28:3, God makes it clear that He gives wisdom to people in their related matters (fields). He makes an example with one craftsman called Bezalel, when He says ‘I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts’ (Exodus 31:3). So we know for certain that craftsmen are given wisdom by God, to ensure that they do their work with all intelligence. So the same applies to scientists! You might say but the verse refers directly to craftsmen but not scientists, so how do you use it to make a point? God chose to use craftsmanship as an example because it was the most sought after service in the world back then, and it needed a lot of wisdom and intelligence. You would agree with me that now science is one of the most demanding professions in terms wisdom and intelligence, and if the bible was written now then science would have been used as an example. Afterall what Bezalel was required to do then, would now be probably done by mechanical engineers using intelligent scientific designs. So there’s no doubt that God created science, and He has science’s best interest at heart. When an archaeologist goes to an excavation site for his scientific research, you can be sure that God will not only help that archaeologist, but He would give Him wisdom to look in the right place. With every scientific publication released, you can be certain that God is interested in the details and the effect thereof. So there’s no reason for Christians to neglect supporting scientific researches, or even praying for those conducting researches. And there’s definitely no reason for Christians not to consider a career as scientists. Science is God’s way of revealing His ‘secrets things’ to humankind!

Let me ask you a quiz that I know most people, including Christians, won’t be able to answer. Name the person in the bible who was a Botanist, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Herpetologist and Ichthyologist, and a song writer of 1 005 songs? If your answer is ‘no one’, then you are wrong. The answer is King Solomon! The bible says ‘he described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish’ (1 Kings 4:32-33). Impressive resume, right? It’s so impressive that it’s easier to believe that the bible is lying about this man’s capabilities. If you think about it, we can’t even mention any man alive or dead who had that ability, especially if you consider the fact that King Solomon also wrote 3000 proverbs, which enhance his resume even further. There’s no doubt that King Solomon was a scientist of the highest order, and had he been living now then he would have been the most famous scientist alive, and he could have been a recipient of the Nobel Science Award.

But how did Solomon get to have such awesome wisdom? God invited him to ask for anything he wanted, and Solomon asked God to give him wisdom. God answered him and said ‘I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be’ (1 Kings 3:12). If you think it’s impossible for anybody to be an expert on so many different science fields, and still be a creative genius, then you should consider the fact that Solomon was given wisdom by God that nobody could ever have. God specifically gave him this wisdom so he can be the best scientist he could ever be. So why should we think God is not interested in empowering scientists with that extra wisdom that will help them make discoveries that could change how we view the world? The story of Solomon proves that God has always been willing to give scientists wisdom so they can be diligent in their work, and serve the purpose that God has for them.

There’s a good lesson we can learn from Solomon though. While he had all the wisdom to be a scientist, singer and author, he realised that something was missing in his life. He said ‘I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven….. I have seen all the things that are done under the sun…… Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge. Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind’. He ended by saying ‘For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18).

Solomon realised that science is not everything to a person, and it can’t deal with the deep longings of the heart. He had discovered what no man had discovered then, and he lived a scientists’ dream life. He had all the resources he needed to satisfy his thirst for scientific knowledge, as he was the richest man who lived then. But he still didn’t find satisfaction, that’s why he called his scientific discoveries a ‘chasing after the wind’. His statement that ‘with much wisdom comes much sorrow…’ is well evident in the lives of our well-known scientists. How many well-known scientists, from present or previous eras, do you know who have struggled with life and ended up having mental or other social problem? I know I can mention one you probably know very well. What Solomon was saying is that pursuing science without having a relationship with God would soon prove meaningless to you or anybody else. So do not neglect God while you pursue your thirst for science knowledge.

We have established that God has not only created science, but He has empowered scientists with wisdom so they can fulfil their scientific mission. If God is in the corner of science, then there’s no reason for Christians to ignore science, even though false science has to be exposed and questioned. Science students should never feel that they have to choose between Christianity and science, as true science always reconciles with the correctly translated bible not taken out of context. Christian Science students should always remember that it was God who created science, and it is God’s will for them to study and practice science.

Study science, practice science, be born-again and serve God!

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4 Comments »

  1. Elvis said

    You are a stupid dutchman.

    • TheTruth said

      Yes… Sello Rasephai… there’s a Dutch name, if ever I heard one…

  2. Sedi said

    Beautiful article. As a born-again beliver and aspiring science student, I always knew deep inside that science and christianity could go hand in hand. This post has re-kindled my passion for the subject and I thank the Lord that it came my way.

  3. ks said

    THIS IS SO MUCH BULLSHIT

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