Of late the idea of the proposed “battle” between faith and science have been heavy on my heart. With more and more of our Apostolic youth pursuing degrees of higher education it is imperative that we teach the difference in faith and science. They are not enemies, they are not opposites, and neither disproves the other.
Romans 1:20 (NKJV)
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
Scientific discoveries need not seem counter , or in opposition to, Faith in the Mighty Lord Jesus. The age of the Earth, when and how God made the universal “big bang” happen, the scope and cause of Noah’s flood, and the span of Moses’ “days” of creation in comparison to measured rock strata of our planet: each of these contentious timeline questions will be arguing points made by militant atheists once our Aposotolic next generation reach the classrooms of our nation’s universities. We need to train the next generation, and the current one for that matter, to not try and bring God into focus through the lens of science, and to not cast a cloud of doubt over science because of individualistic and personal misinterpretations of Scripture. A point in case are two favorite verse among all our congregations:
Psalm 90:4 (NKJV)
4 For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night.
2 Peter 3:8 (NKJV)
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Were David and Peter being literal in their expression that one Biblical day is equal to an exact 1,000 year period? Or must this verse be understood metaphorically, that time is meaningless in relation to God? Did these great men of God mean for the church to take their “quotations” as chronological guidelines for the the Creation of Genesis in order to “prove” a 6,000 year old Earth? Or is it 50,000 years old as some great men of the Apostolic faith have proposed, or is it much older still?
When an Apostolic is sitting in the classrooms these types of questions should NOT cause doubt in God, His existence, His creation, or in what beliefs they have held in Faith. Our youth’s understanding of God should be based upon the experience of interaction with the Hand of the Lord through repentance, baptism in the name of Jesus, the indwelling of His Spirit evidenced by speaking in tongues, prayer, fasting, the preached Word, the read Word, and witnessed miracles. If their faith is shaken by questions presented in the classroom regarding supposed discrepancies between scientific evidence and the Word of God, then their faith has not been built upon a relationship with Jesus but upon human misinterpretations of Biblical passages regarding time. The Truth of God speaking through His Holy Ghost into the minds of men and women does NOT depend on our ability to adequately and accurately reconcile scientific discovery and Spiritual beliefs that cannot be measured.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith and science are two different aspects of human existence leading to Truth. The natural world does not contend with the Word of God but rather serves to prove the grandeur of our Mighty God’s awesome work of Creation. Whether or not one believes, the creation stands, a solemn testimony of itself and it’s Creator. Faith, also, stands on its own, regardless of circumstances surrounding it or the questions aimed to poke holes in it. Faith and science are two sides of the same coin. They are different aspects of the same All Powerful Alpha and Omega. Science is trying to see the Truth of God’s Creation through human eyes; faith is seeing grace upon mankind through God’s eyes.
In the world of science, measurement, experiment, hypothesis, discovery, and fact are everything. Very literally, seeing (evidence) is believing. But in the world of Faith, believing is seeing. We hold our Faith in an immeasurable, All-Powerful, Spiritual Creator Being we generically call “God” and whose revealed name is Jesus. We believe in a place never seen before, with Gates of Pearl, and Streets of Gold, called Heaven. We CHOOSE to believe. We cannot measure how hot Hell will be, and there’s no number for how old God is. We will never know, while we are still down here, what kind of fruit was on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden. We can’t know the depth of Noah’s flood, nor have we yet been told from whence Cain found his wife. So far no one knows on which day of Creation dinosaurs were made or why God decided to make viruses and bacteria in the first place. Apparently Methuselah reached almost a millennium but King David only made it to about 70; somewhere God changed His mind about how old He would allow us to become. We CHOOSE to believe these things. They cannot be proven of disproven by science. Don’t base your science on Faith and don’t base you Faith in God on the limited scope of science. Each will eventually come to make the known the full measure of the Awesome Creator of both Heaven and Earth, the One True God, and our Savior, Jesus. Praise be to His name , for His mighty hand upon all He has made and His gentle touch in the immeasurable depths of our hearts.