Thursday, February 21, 2013

Are science and Christian teachings mutually exclusive? What is the Christian understanding of evolution? The creation of the universe? (PART 1)

The quick simple answer to this question is “no”, science and Christian teachings are not mutually exclusive. Scientific fact agrees with the Bible. However, scientific theory and the Bible do not always agree. Facts are proven, theories such as the Big Bang and Macroevolution have not been legitimately proven, thus they are still called “theories”.

As for what is the “Christian Understanding of Evolution”? That question cannot be answered for everyone because there are many different “Christians” with many different understandings. If one holds the Bible as their authority, they will find that it teaches that God created the Universe, the Earth, plants, animals and man. Some Christians believe that God created man through evolutionary means, I do not believe this belief is true to the Bible. The Bible teaches that God is able to, and that he did create man instantly. 

One good website that I recommend people check out is www.apologeticspress.org. On that site there are countless articles on the topic of the Bible and Science and they are written by those who are schooled in scientific research as well as the bible. On this website, one of the articles that I came across is by a man named Trevor Major and is titled “Is Creation Science?” In this article he deals with whether or not Faith and Science can be in agreement. He writes:
Faith need not exclude science. Yes, faith involves an emotional or heart-felt response to God, but it also involves an intellectual response. Abraham, Moses, and the other children of God listed in Hebrews 11 were faithful, with no help from modern science. Noah’s building of the ark, for example, was not based on his personal study of marine engineering or hydrology, but rather a decision to obey God’s command. However, surely some of Noah’s faith came from the knowledge that God could and would work in nature to achieve His ends, including sending a worldwide Flood and preserving Noah and his family on the ark. 
Throughout the Old Testament, God invited His people to compare His miracles and prophecies with the claims of pagan religions (e.g., Isaiah 41:21-22). Then in the New Testament, Christ and the apostles sought a spiritual response from a reasonable consideration of what people had seen and heard (John 5:36; Acts 2:14-41; 17:16-34). Peter gave Christians explicit instructions to defend the reason for their hope of eternal salvation (1 Peter 3:15). 
Further, God appealed to the creation as a demonstration of His existence and power (e.g., Job 38-39; Isaiah 40:26; 45:12). That God’s revelation of His will to Moses began with the account of creation is no coincidence, for it established His unique nature and role in the faith of Israel. The apostle Paul told Christians in Rome that unbelievers always have had the opportunity to recognize the existence of a Creator by studying the creation (1:20). Of course, it is not possible to come to a saving knowledge without special revelation (Romans 10:17), but it is possible to understand the need to seek out the Creator by looking at His natural or general revelation. Although salvation by grace is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8), it does not follow that faith is irrational—that it has no tangible ground in “right reason,” as Warfield put it (1977, 1:236-237). This “right reason” may include an investigation of natural revelation using the tools of modern science. 
Christians need not fear science. Nature and Scripture have a common Author, which means that the facts of nature will complement the statements the Bible makes about the physical world. It is not a matter of making one the servant of the other, but of interpreting both correctly. Scientists may disagree with theologians, but true science and true religion never should be in conflict (see Thompson, 1984, 1:17). Finally, Christians should understand that science itself is not evil. Rather, the application of science or technology for immoral purposes is evil, although this improper use is not always perpetrated by the original researcher or inventor. 
Thus, science interacts with religion not only through a study of natural revelation, but also through a consideration of broad issues such as philosophy and ethics. This does not mean to say that the relationship always will be harmonious. To say otherwise is to suggest that someone has answered all the questions. What it does mean is that faith and science can interact in useful ways. (http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=9&article=381)
What happens is that in most places, only the theory of evolution is taught and if you bring up the idea of creation you are ridiculed. True science desires to weigh all the evidence and draw a conclusion based upon the evidence. There is a wealth of evidence against the big bang and evolution. There is also a great deal of evidence for creation, but it usually is not presented nor studied.   (Arguments for creation here http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=9&article=679)

Many would have you to believe that you cannot believe in God and science at the same time. This is far from the truth, in fact, through true science I believe that one will be forced to admit that their is great evidence for a Creator.
(Part 1)
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