Can You Believe in God and Science?
February 8/9, 2020
“God has written two books, not just one: namely Scripture and creation.”—Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)
General Revelation = Creation and Special Revelation = Scripture
He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. (Psalm 104:5)
The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. (Ecclesiastes 1:5)
I am the door… (John 10:9)
1) The Bible, like all literature and speech, is full of metaphors and highly pictorial language.
2) Metaphors stand for something real.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
- There is one God
- This God is the One who created the heavens and the earth
- Creation is good, but it is not God
- Human beings, in particular, are unique as they were created in the image of God
- Something has gone wrong and we are not what we should be
- Death and decay were not a part of God’s original design and they have greatlymessed up God’s creation
- Death and decay came about as a result of sin
- The God who created this world is our only hope to set it right, because we cannotdo it on our own
o Don’t worship the sun!o Don’t worship the moon!o God alone is God!o God made the whole thing!
o It is only God who should be worshiped!
Science does not compete with God as an explanation. Science gives a different kind of explanation and more than one explanation can be true about the same thing.
“It is precisely Genesis’ understanding of Creation having unity and order and rationality that has laid the foundation for the (whole) scientific enterprise.”
“We have begun to realize from its very birth, science owed a great deal to Christianity.”— Princeton Professor Diogenes Allen
98% of the founders of the Scientific Revolution were believers in God as the Creator of our world and in Jesus as Lord.
“The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being. This being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all, and on account of his dominion, he is wont to be called ‘Lord, God.’” —Isaac Newton
“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob
Not of the philosophers and the learned.
God of Jesus Christ.
My God and your God.
Forgetfulness of the world and of everything, except God.
He is only found by the ways taught in the Gospel.
Grandeur of the human soul.
Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you. Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.
This is eternal life, that they know you, the one true God, and the one you sent, Jesus Christ.
I left him; I fled him, renounced him, crucified him.
Let me never be separated from him.”
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” —Albert Einstein
“I once thought I was too smart to believe in God. Now I know I was an arrogant fool who snubbed the greatest Mind in the cosmos—the Author of all science, mathematics, art, and everything else there is to know. Today I walk… with joy, alongside the most amazing Companion anyone could ask for, filled with desire to keep learning and exploring.” –Dr. Rosalind Picard
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