About a year ago, I misplaced my iPad.
Although I’d seen lots of other people reading their Bible Apps at church, the cyber-skeptic inside me had been dragging her technological feet.
That suddenly changed for me the day we were racing out the door for church, when I realized I’d left my study Bible upstairs. Just at that moment, I spied my iPad sitting oh-so-enticingly close by. I snatched it from the table, slipped into my purse, and without even realizing what had happened, I stepped into a cyber habit of my own.
That is, until it went missing.
I looked and looked and looked for that iPad. For days that stretched out into weeks, I dug through old purses, drawers and cabinets searching for my iPad. No luck. My iPad was gone. It had vanished.
And then one day my husband decided to sell his car. On a warm Saturday, we set out together to empty the car, wash it, and get it ready for sale. I hopped into the passenger seat and flung open the glove box to empty it of its contents prior to changing the car over to its new owner. To my joy and surprise, I’d discovered my ipad sitting snugly inside its hidden little compartment.
The impact of science on our faith. In school, science was pretty much my favorite subject. I found it absolutely fascinating. Still do, in fact. Even now, when new studies are published on topics that interest me, my ears perk up. I love the facts and figures it reports. I love the dissemination of information. I love the knowledge gained from science.
Apparently, most people share my enthusiasm. So much so, that science has a way of seducing people away from the Christian faith by claiming that it alone provides a path to true knowledge of reality. Does it really?
Apologist Dr. Frank Turek is fond of saying that “Science doesn’t say anything, scientists do.” You see, science only provides the tools for observing, measuring and testing the operations of the material world. It provides data that can be analyzed for inferences about the world around us, but the data doesn’t actually say anything. Those who interpret it do.
We can make science work for our faith by realizing that this world isn’t a strictly material place. There are spiritual truths and moral truths woven throughout the fabric of this universe which science will never be able identify within its laboratories.
The limits of science. Remember my iPad? I’d mistakenly concluded that it was gone — stolen or lost — because I had presupposed that it must be inside my house somewhere. It never occurred to me it might be available to me somewhere outside the house.
Science-lovers who are drawn away from faith in Christ are making a similar error. They are only looking for answers inside the house.
Dr. Robert Jastrow, former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Sciences, once made a fascinating comment about the limitations of science. After witnessing the string of scientific discoveries which corrected an entire generation of scientific thinking which insisted that the cosmos was an eternal steady-state entity (which it isn’t) he said the following:
“Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact.”
At a recent workshop at my church, we discussed 7 things that science cannot explain about the real world, but the Christian worldview can. By becoming aware of them, you can make science work FOR your faith instead of against it:
I believe that a Biblical Worldview has the capacity to heal our families, our communities, and our own lives. My goal here at the SpoonFed Soul is to develop a community of 100,000 women who desire to transform their lives into instruments of healing and hope in the hands of the Divine Physician, and I hope you’ll join me.
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