Two weeks ago, I stood at the edge of the Grand Canyon with our son JJ and his wife Kristi….their kids and my Donna…and some other folks. I’m not excited enough to hike the canyon. Looking at it is pretty amazing though. So, I thought out loud and simply said “Geezzzz….look what God did!” Someone in the group said “I think it was glaciers!” Then I said…”Oh for sure. It was. But…who made the glaciers?” I heard someone say “Well…yeah.”
That, of course, is the issue that troubles so many people. If science can explain what happened and is still happening…who needs God? It’s really quite a puzzling way to look at things. So many unbelievers think because they can study the means that brought about phenomena that there need not be someone BEHIND those means.
Consider this. Would anyone look at a fine house under construction and argue that the carpenters just went to that address and started building? Who sent them? Was there not an architect? A planner? There must always be a “causal agent” …things in life really don’t just happen. Yet, a bright unbelieving woman whom I know asked me awhile back “Well, hasn’t science explained how everything happened thus eliminating the need for God?” I said “Only if your beautiful house was strictly the work of carpenters and electricians and painters etc. Did you not design it? The means used could never eliminate the need for a designer and initiator of a project.”
Actually, science is proving the undoubted existence of God. Religion and science are in conflict only in the minds of those who refuse to believe. They do not analyze sensibly. Everything points towards design. For a marvelous and clear video in this regard, I suggest “The Privileged Planet” which includes interviews with two eminent scientists, Guillermo Gonzales and Jay Richards. It makes the point clearly that the cosmos is so remarkably fine tuned that it could only be the result of design. A great film that came out recently is “The Case for Christ.” It includes a great deal of fascinating science.
In addition, there are many books that wrestle with the science and religion issue. One of the best that I’ve read is titled “Coming to Peace with Science…Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology.” It was written by Darrell Falk, a Christian Professor of Biology in California.
Yet, even with many resources available to help the skeptic see the overwhelming evidence for God, many people in the sciences simply dismiss the obvious. So…why DO unbelievers, in the science community and elsewhere, refuse to accept the plain truth that God must exist?
They do not want to know God. The natural person lost in sin does not want a relationship with God. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans One that man knows there is a God but he does not want to live under His Lordship. As John said: “And this is the verdict; light has come into the world but the people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.” John 4:19.
Thus, all the evidence in the world will fall on deaf ears unless the Holy Spirit opens the heart of the unbeliever.
Finally, I must say again that I think some Christians in the “Young Earth” community have actually made it harder for scientific people to consider the Gospel. Why? Because they insist that the Earth is only a few thousand years old thereby dismissing modern science wholesale. The “Young Earth” view is a product of minority science. Advanced scientists who hold to a young earth position are far less than one per cent. I once asked the head of a Christian Society of Scientists how many young earth members he had out of 600. The answer was zero.
I think insisting on a young earth position is also rooted in bad Biblical interpretation (hermeneutics) and a hyper-literal reading of the Genesis days. I may be wrong on this point but such a rigid position is, in my view, a mis-handling of the text. But sadly, many skeptics think all Christians are science deniers and therefore they don’t even consider the Gospel itself. I urge any of my readers, if you hold to a young earth position, please allow for other views and do not suggest that those who think otherwise do not consider the Bible the Word of God.
Anyway, I’d say to the scientific skeptic “Sure! Glaciers? Really! Apparently, that’s what happened! But…who made the glaciers?”
Blessings! Pastor Alberta