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NO FINAL CONFLICT: SCIENCE VS. SCRIPTURE1 INTRODUCTION & THESIS
What would you think if I told you that God is eventually going to die? That slowly perhaps but surely the knowledge of His existence will erase itself from your mind? Depending on your belief system you would most likely respond in a number of ways: “God IS dead!” you might say. Or perhaps, “That’s ridiculous!”
As a Christian my response would be more consistent with the latter statement. And for that reason (and many more) I must disagree with the following statement by the atheist Chapman Cohen. He says: “Gods are fragile things. They may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.”
It will be my position that though this statement may be considered true about any false gods (i.e. gods that were “created” in ancient times to explain natural phenomenon and were consequently “killed” as science began explaining such phenomenon) it is not true and never will be proved true about the God of the Bible.2 POINTS TO BE COVERED
In the short time we have together I will attempt to prove Chapman Cohen’s statement to be false by showing that 1) the Bible and science do not conflict, 2) that what is true about God’s Word is also true about Him, and 3) science has proven the Bible to be true.I. THE BIBLE & SCIENCE DO NOT CONFLICT
Francis Schaeffer, famous Christian apologist and writer, wrote in his book, "No Final Conflict," that "we should not fear to investigate scientifically the facts of the created world but should do so eagerly and with complete honesty, confident that when facts are rightly understood, they will always turn out to be consistent with God's inerrant words in Scripture. Similarly, we should approach the study of Scripture eagerly and with confidence that, when rightly understood, Scripture will never contradict facts in the natural world."
In understanding Schaeffer’s point it is necessary to realize that in order to enjoy this “lack of conflict” we must possess a right understanding of scientific facts and a proper interpretation of Holy Scripture. Schaeffer contends that any conflict between science and Scripture is due to error in our scientific conclusions, a misinterpretation of Scripture, or both.
This lack of conflict between the Bible and science is significant because of my second point…II. WHAT IS TRUE ABOUT GOD’S WORD IS ALSO TRUE ABOUT HIM
God is accurately represented through His word. Therefore for the Bible to be invincible to science is for God to be invincible to science. This invincibility to science is His knowledge of science, through his creation of the universe and His oneness with His Word the Bible.
It is men who should be laid low, not their creator, by the discoveries that are made as they explore God's wonderful creation. And men do make discoveries. But these discoveries have not killed God as Chapman Cohen might like to think. On the contrary they have instead strengthened God's existence. This is because…III. SCIENCE IS CATCHING UP WITH THE BIBLE
In essence my point is that science is confirming truths that the Bible has claimed for centuries. For my non-believing readers, if you have stuck with me this far, I would like to admit that I haven’t adequately supported my previous points with anything that resembles empirical proof. Allow the following to compensate:A. THE ATOMIC BOMB:2 Peter 3:11-12
, gives us a great example in the realm of Physical Science when it says: "Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!
Here’s the important point: until just the last century scientists believed that elements could not melt. It was a matter of scientific consensus! And so the Bible was assumed to be wrong.
It was the scientists that were wrong. On December 2, 1942, scientists working on the Manhattan Bomb Project at the University of Chicago succeeded in producing the first artificially-created chain reaction by means of nuclear fission. A development which led to the first atomic bomb; a bomb capable of producing temperatures of millions of degrees, in contrast to your average TNT blast which reaches only a few thousand degrees. In other words the elements do in fact melt with intense heat.B. VENESECTION:Leviticus 17:11
gives us another example, this time in the realm of Medicine, when it says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” Now for centuries scientists believed that virtually all disease could be treated by means of venesection, more commonly known as bloodletting. However, this treatment actually weakened its patients and caused many unnecessary deaths.
It was only in the 20th century that science has caught up with the Bible and now the World Book Encyclopedia
begins under the heading of Blood:
“Blood is the lifestream of the human body. This red fluid performs many tasks, and no part of the body can live without it.”
Remember: God's invincibility to science is His knowledge of science, through his creation of the universe and His oneness with His word, the Bible. These examples are exactly that: examples. They merely represent the support that exists for my position. They are not “all I could find.”3 SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
I started this post by asking you what you would think if someone told you that your God was eventually going to die. I end hoping that those who postulate that God is “already dead” would reconsider that belief in light of the evidence I’ve presented. And for those of you who argue, as I do, that the God of Scripture is not dead, I hope that you have much more to back up your answer to that question after what we've looked at today.
In summary we’ve seen that 1) that a right understanding of scientific fact and the meaning of Scripture allows for “no final conflict” between science and the Bible, 2) that for God’s Word to be invincible to science is for God to be invincible to science, and 3) that science has proved the Bible to be true.
The statement by Chapman Cohen has not and never will be proved true about the God of the Bible. My God is not fragile. He is alive and well.
Science is God's creation. Not His murderer.
About The Authors: Alex & Brett Harris have been heavily involved in Apologetics competition on the national level. While competing in the NCFCA during the past two years they have ranked nationally in the top eight four times, in the top four twice, and garnered one national title.Note:
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