Are Science and Secular History compatible with Faith?

Why is Science Blind to God?

The Bible seems to say that an examination of nature should reveal God. Psalm 19 begins by stating that “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” The implication is that even the simplest examination of nature should inform us of the power and majesty of God. Yet Science has not and does not see the hand of God. Why is that?

One possibility is that he does not really exist and that is why science does not find God. If this is true then what we are doing in church is just make-believe. It is something that helps us overcome our fears and provides a crutch for our weaknesses. This is a core issue that all people of faith need to be crystal clear about.

Almost all the intellectual disputes ultimately boil down to the question of whether God actually exists.

Interestingly, the Bible does not try to prove the existence of God. This however is consistent with our belief that God inspired the Bible. Authors generally do not try to make arguments tying to establish their own existence. The mere act of authoring is sufficient proof for the reader than the author existed. In fact, an attempt to prove the existence of the author would raise questions about the authorship.

However, the Bible is not silent about the issue of the existence of God.

1. Importance of believing: We need to believe that he exists to please him. (Hebrews 11:6)

    And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

    2. Intellect: We are to use our minds. (Matt 22:37)

    Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

    3. Science: The heavens declare - science should point to God. (Psalm 19:1)

    The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

    The psalmist essentially says that by observing the universe, God’s existence should become clear – to everyone. No one is exempt from this.

    But that is not what happens in our science is it?

    4. Atheists: Only a fool says there is no God (Psalm 14:1).

    The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

    5. Knowledge and Faith: We suppress the truth if God even though we know he exists (Romans 1:18-20)

    The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

    So we know that the Bible does not even entertain the notion that God may not exist. So how do we deal with this conflict between what our world is telling us and what our Book is telling us? Do we leave Science at the door? Or should we deny it? How can we do either without appearing to be close-minded, simpletons?

    Quite simply, we need to understand the boundaries of science and learn to discern where science’s voice needs to be heeded and where its voice is not relevant.

    As I mentioned earlier, one possibility is that God really does not exist. But, another equally logical possibility is that God does exist but science is unable to, or unwilling to see God even if it bumps into it.

    The best kept secret is that scientific results of the 20th century have been increasingly in support of the Bible. Not the other way round. One shining example is the Big Bang. The Big Bang clearly points to the Super Natural. Then there was the discovery of DNA which also points beyond the natural. Further, over time it has become glaringly clear that Science has been unable to explain origins of anything at all.

    But we do not hear of it. To understand that we need to dig a little deeper understand the limitations of science and understand the drawbacks of the way science is conducted today.

    © 2012 George Valliath