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The Bible and Science
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What does the Bible say about science? It clearly teaches that God made the universe, that He made it to function according to fixed laws, and that He gave man dominion over it. That implies that man can investigate the world around him and apply his results and conclusions for the benefit of humanity. Science is the systematic study of nature. It is the studying of topics like photosynthesis in plants, how sunlight is converted into energy, carbon fixation, glycolysis and cellular respiration, magnetism, electricity and hundreds of other phenomena. Science gives definite answers if a process has been solved, like the process of photosynthesis in plants: the Calvin cycle: RuBP combines with carbon dioxide, forming a 6-carbon molecule which immediately breaks down to 2 PGA... etc (Sylvia Mader, Biology, WCB, 1985, p 131).
Why do evolutionists then accuse Christians of being against science and being believers in a flat earth? In our modern society to disclaim science will have to be the height of stupidity. The benefits of science are all around us - telecommunications, electricity, transport, medicine. There is hardly any place in modern society that is not benefited by the endeavors of science. But that is not to be confused with evolution. If evolution is science, then the question can rightly be asked, how does it benefit humanity? How many patents have been registered as a result of evolution since Darwin? True scientists hold hundreds of patents by virtue of their research.
We are not all so gullible as the evolutionists want us to be. Science is backed by proofs. If there are no proofs, it is either myth or miracle.
1. Christians refuse to accept the idea of evolution without scientific proof. Up till now, conclusive scientific proof has not been furnished. Scientific proof would consist for example of laboratory proofs that abiogenesis (first life) could develop naturally. Using examples like homology, or the similarity in embrios (E Mayr, What evolution is, Weidenfeld an Nicolson, 2001, 26,28), or saying evolution is the truth because we are here, are not proofs. How on earth can any scientist accept computer simulations as fact (R Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, p43 ff)? If they say species change into other species, where are the scientific proofs that the DNA of an animal or plant can increase? Saying land animals can change into sea creatures (E Mayr, p17) is myth or miracle, but definitely not science. Science studies nature according to fixed laws, and is not based on lies or speculations.
2. Evolution is a philosophy. It was not Darwin’s idea, as is popularly told, but is an old philosophy. (Henry Fairfield Osborn, From the Greeks to Darwin, p xi: “When I began to search for anticipations of the evolutionary theory... I was led back to the Greek natural philosophers and I was astonished to find how many of the pronounced and basic features of the Darwinian theory were anticipated even as far back as the seventh century BC”. ) Science is independent of religious beliefs. No scientist can bend the rules of science because he has a different belief. For all scientists the laws of gravity, or magnetism, or physics will be the same. Lime reacts with water to form slaked lime. Regardless of being a Christian, Muslim, Hindu or atheist, the reaction remains the same. Would science necessarily lead to atheism? Of course not, but evolution does lead many people to atheism, because it is logical that if God had nothing to do with creation, why worry about God and the Bible? Prof Dawkins (The Blind Watchmaker, WW Norton and Co, 1986. p 6): writes, “Darwin has made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist”.
3. The scientific attitude of evolutionists is clear from the quote of philosopher Tom Bethell: “Evolution is perhaps the most jealously guarded dogma of the American public philosophy. Any signs of serious resistance to it has encountered fierce hostility in the past, and it will not be abandoned without a tremendous fight. The gold standard could go (glad to be rid of that!), Saigon abandoned, the Constitution itself slyly junked. But Darwinism will be defended to the bitter end”. (The American Spectator, p 17, July 1994, quoted by D Gish, Evolution, the Fossils still say No, ICR, 1995). Science needs no defenders. But evolution does. Why?
Conclusion: God through creation gave man the right to study nature and subdue it (Gen 1:28). Science is natural to the believer and a God ordained gift. The accusation that Christians are against science is one of the many attempts of the devil to discredit the Bible and Christians.
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