Do Christians hate science?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Evolution related
Christians are sometimes charged with being against science, implying that they are against progress. This charge usually comes from evolutionists.
Christians are people who believe in the Word of God which clearly identifies God as the creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the omnipotent (all powerful) God. The absolutely stunning variety of life, functioning in diverse niches, and the intricate balance of nature, all come from the hand of the Creator. By wisdom He created everything (Proverbs 8:22-31). God gave man dominion over the creation, to rule and subdue it for his own benefit: this is actually what science is. It studies the creation/nature (light, heat, wind, plants, animals, humans), formulates how it works, and then uses the conclusions for the benefit of mankind. For example, DNA analysis is playing an ever-important role in such fields as genetics, disease control, and crime; the study of the human eye, has lead to corrective lenses that improve sight. These conclusions have to be very exact. Guesses are out. The electrician or bridge builder cannot take chances, because death could result. These observed natural phenomena, can be studied repeatedly, measured, analyzed, and retested until laws of nature can be formulated. The law of gravity is an example, or the law of thermodynamics, or of light. These laws can then be applied in practical work, like the law of magnetism and electricity to manufacture electrical motors. There are thousands of applications in communications, medicine, hearing aids, agriculture that are of great benefit to man.
Does God hate science? No, His creation operates in a regular way, so that it can be studied, explored and investigated systematically. For example, plant and animal kinds will remain in their created kinds (“And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds...’”, Genesis 1:24); day, night, and seasons will continue to the end (“This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time’ ....” Jeremiah 33:20). God made man in His image with the intelligence to subdue nature. God as Creator, loves nature. Not only does it show His glory, but the new heavens and earth will one day be the eternal home of His children.
Can a believer in God hate science? No, he loves it, since the originator of scientific studies and the designer of the orderly cosmos, is his Lord. Why then the accusation that Christians are against science? Maybe it is because “at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things” (Romans 2:1). If evolutionists love science so much, and accept its findings, why do they not accept the genetic law of fixity of species (proven by the fossils)? Why do they not accept that life is too complicated to ever come by natural means? Why do they not accept the non material origin of DNA, the impossibility of a living thing increasing its own information content to develop into another kind of living thing (for example, a land animal turning into a whale)? They are not using scientific principles when they defend the idea of evolution. They are just hiding behind the cloak of science to delude people. The irony is that science does not support their materialistic idea.
God loves science, but it should be pointed out that if the scientist is doing experiments in his laboratory, on photosynthesis, his scientific method is independent of religious views, sex, gender, or nationality. Whether the plant was created by God or just popped into existence has nothing to do with the scientist working in a laboratory with a microscope. He is unravelling the laws of nature to apply them for society’s benefit. The chemical reaction will proceed whether the scientist believes God or Darwin. Science, which studies only the natural, is our only reliable path to knowledge (Philip Johnson, ‘Darwin on Trial’, p 117).
Science cannot study origins. Ages past do not comply with TOR (testable, observable, repeatable) science. So making statements that ‘all life descended from a common ancestor’ is not science, but faith based on a belief in naturalism.