DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THOSE WHO BLASPHEME GOD’S CAUSE
“Will Science Someday Rule out the Possibility of God?” That is the title of an article which I read yesterday. If you love the Lord, then the following quotations from that article may cause your stomach to experience intense discomfort [article by Natalie Wolchover, published at <www.livescience.com> on 17 September 2012]. Here is how the article begins:
Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious – the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe – can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science.
Although cosmic mysteries remain, Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, says there’s good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever. Carroll argues that God’s sphere of influence has shrunk drastically in modern times, as physics and cosmology have expanded in their ability to explain the origin and evolution of the universe. “As we learn more about the universe, there’s less and less need to look outside it for help,” he told Life’s Little Mysteries. He thinks the sphere of supernatural influence will eventually shrink to nil.
As I read these words, my heart was filled with a mixture of sadness and anger. One passage quickly came to mind as I contemplated such blasphemous statements and those who make them: “Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22).
Before proceeding, here are three quick observations for all of us. First, not everything that one reads on the internet is reliable and trustworthy. Second, not everything that a so-called scholar says is accurate [professors at Oxford University and Harvard University are off-the-chart smart, but if one of them denies God’s existence, then He Himself has a word for such – “fool” (Psalm 14:1)].
Third, the article under consideration claims that God’s sphere of influence has been reduced. In truth, how many people believe or disbelieve something has no bearing on whether or not a particular matter is true. If the number of believers in the God of heaven really has shrunk, what does that prove about whether or not He really exists? It proves nothing! Time and time again in human history, humans have turned from the truth to fables (2 Timothy 4:4). That reality does not change two fundamental facts: (1) the truth is still the truth, and (2) fables are still fables!
Brothers and sisters, do not be intimidated by that which is proclaimed as “science,” and do not live in fear that some “scientist” will disprove God’s existence or the truthfulness of the Bible. It will not happen. “But today all scientists believe in evolution and do not believe in a Supreme Being.” That is not true. In fact, it is not even a great idea to say, “Scientists believe in evolution and deny God’s existence.” It would be far more accurate to declare, “Some scientists do not believe in God, but other scientists do believe in Him.” Many, many men and women in various fields of science believe in an all-powerful God. But again, how many people believe in something does not prove that it is true.
Christians should not be afraid of true science. Why? Because true, verifiable science is in harmony with the message of the Bible, and the Bible is in harmony with genuine science. In fact, in a number of cases the Bible records scientific truths before they were “discovered” by humans (things like the water cycle, Ecclesiastes 1:7; the paths of the sea, Psalm 8:8; life is in the blood, Leviticus 17:10,11).
The universe exists because Jehovah God willed it to happen: “He spoke, and it was done” (Psalm 33:9). All the ranting done by blasphemers cannot change the reality that God brought this world into existence! God’s Son continues to uphold “all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:2,3). And some think that “science” will rule out the possibility of God?! The truth is, without God there would not be any science, and there would be no humans to live in and study His marvelous creation. Yet, the God-bashing, self-proclaimed super-intellectuals want us to think that the more humans learn, the less we need “outside help” (see the quote above); that is, humans are so smart that we do not need God. In truth, lowly men and women are not able to direct their own steps (Jeremiah 10:23).
The Bible says, “. . . the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19). Let us praise the Creator, standing in awe of and defending His majesty. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Romans 11:33).
— Roger D. Campbell