Many people believe that science has proved the Bible to be wrong. The education authorities, most newspapers, radio programs and TV shows all take the “theory of evolution” as if it is fact and therefore the idea of an almighty God who created the heavens and the earth surely cannot be true – and therefore by implication everything in the Bible must be false.
In this article we want to briefly look at science in relation to the Bible.
The most logical place to start must surely be what we actually define “science” as. The Oxford dictionary tells us that the origin of our English word for “Science” is in fact from the Latin scientia, from scire and it means ‘know’ or “knowledge”. In it’s truest sense then the word science should be used about facts. We “know” that when we do this, that will happen. Its a law or a fact of nature. True science is therefore a fact about something. It is a discovery of a law or rule which when applied will always bring about the expected result.
The problem is that the scientific community has long had to theorize or come up with hypothesizes which they then go about to prove. Many theories have not been proved but people still call them “science”. Sometimes further theories are developed from an existing theory bringing about more and more speculation which is not based on the true definition of science!
One such theory has been very influential in our age – Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution which was published in his book “The Origin of Species” in November 1859. He argued that species develop from being naturally selected. The weaker species die out whereas the stronger adapt and evolve over a period of billions of years.
True science is not an idea. It is fact. It is a law. It is something that can be proved and backed up and repeated over and over.
So the question is has the theory of the evolution of species been proved? The answer is a resounding no. How does one test and observe this idea of an evolution of a species? If Darwin was correct we should have many transitional species that could be brought forward as clear evidence – “look here is a dog growing wings to jump higher”. Do we have such evidence? No! All we have is some dubious fossils, the false claim about some peppered moths and some bogus claims of a few “missing links” where bones found far apart, are assumed to be from the one individual (e.g piltdown man). This is not fact but speculation.
Many scientists have had to change their opinion about natural selection and adopted the idea of mutations. It is thought that these accidental changes can bring about a new species but again there is no evidence!
The more scientists look at life the more confounded they become – there is still no answer to the areas in biology which require an “irreducible minimum” of components. The flagellum of a cell is but one example. The flagellum is like a complex engine made up of many different parts which all come together as one and none have any purpose on their own so couldn’t evolve without the other – the problem is why would they evolve if there was no purpose for them without the final design? There is no adaptation in this process and therefore within what has been called the “simple cell” are some very profound and complex issue which modern science has no answer to! There is also the problem of where life started and how – nothing can come but of a vacuum and yet hear we are! We could go on an on.
So with that brief look at what true science is we turn the focus of this article onto the Bible. Does true science disprove the Bible? It has to be admitted that science has disproved many other religious text’s – for example in Hinduism it is said that the earth is a disk born on the back of three giant elephants who stand upon a giant turtle that flies through space (see hear for more details). The Bible contains no statements of this kind. In fact as we will now demonstrate the Bible is consistent with all that it says about “true” science.
The Bible constant with true science
In this section we hope to go through a few of the amazing things contained within the Bible which are 100% consistent with true science. The Bible is not a scientific book as God only reveals what is essential for our salvation and does not entertain puny human curiosity (which he could probably not ever fully appreciate anyway) about His creation. However God has given us enough evidence to be confident that the writings of the Bible are not only in harmony with true science but also that God knew about many of the facts of science before we did! Its slightly ironic that when one reads the Bible we find that true science has actually been proving the Bible right!
Hear are a few examples of how the Bible and true science harmonize:
As we can see therefore the Bible, unlike other ancient religious manuscript, is totally in accordance with true science. All provable facts of science are consistent with the Bible – even those discovered thousands of years after they were written in the pages of the Bible.
As the great scientist Albert Einstein stated: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind”. Both must go hand in hand. Facts cannot be disputed and do not contradict the Bible but to ignore the marvels of design is surely the greatest error of modern science. Isaac Newton once said: “This most beautiful system (the Universe) could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
Has true science disproved the Bible? In no shape of form. The real question is – does the Bible disprove modern scientific theories such as evolution? To answer that you need to read up on the evidence of the Bible – topics such as Bible prophecy and archeology should be understood before concluding.
As the apostle Paul warned Timothy:
“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:20
Open your Bible dear reader – for only within it’s pages will you find consistency and a way to salvation…
Posted by Matt Davies on Saturday, November 14th, 2009