FAITH AND SCIENCE
One night my next door neighbor was in my driveway obviously looking for something. I asked if I could help. He said,”Sure. That would be great. I lost my keys.” I said, “Did you lose them over here?” He said, “No, I lost them over in my yard.” Confused, I asked him, “Then why are you looking for them over here?” He said, “The light is better over here.”
I have been thinking recently about faith and science. Some Christians are anti-science. Some politicians are too. Well, I am a Christian and I am not anti science. I am also not afraid of what science will find out. There should never be any fear that the truths of God will somehow be disproven by science any more than my neighbor would find his keys where he didn’t drop them.
Science and faith are both pursuing truth. But they are looking for different kinds of truth. Science deals with the physical, observable, measurable universe. The truth of faith goes much deeper than that. When some believers feel threatened by things like evolution and the origins of the universe they should stop and remember that God’s truth cannot be threatened by anything that science might uncover. But then there is a lot about God that I don’t understand.
Some in science would say that it is irrational to believe in some spiritual prime mover in creation. But is it any less irrational to observe the intricate order of the universe and the human body and believe that it all just happened randomly? When there is order, does it not make sense that something or someone guided the process? I gave a children’s sermon where I put the parts of a watch in a bag. There were gears and hands and a face and a band. I shook the bag and pulled out a whole working wristwatch. The kids called me on it and said it was impossible fora working watch to just appear without someone making it. They were right.
The bottom line is that faith and religion can co-exist. One set of truths does not threaten the other. I think it is crucial for our faith to avoid being anti-science. Rational people will not be attracted to a faith that asks them to check their brain at the door of the church.
I read the testimony of a science professor who stated, “I have learned enough about the universe to know that science will never find all of the answers that only faith can address. There is mystery in both fields and I, for one, am OK with that. There is truth that is beyond the purview of science.”
I could not agree more.