Questions Christians Hope no one will Ask #2
- Didn’t evolution put God out of a job? Why rely on religion in an age of science and knowledge?
Remember a couple weeks ago at the beginning of this when I said not to feel pinned into a corner. Science and Religion are not on opposite sides…the more our knowledge has increased as a human race we have actually seen more connections between science and religion, not less. As Dan said in a sermon several years ago, we have found a lot of “Buicks in a Pyramid”, where the bible writers have been way ahead of their time, and “science” eventually caught up…sometimes 1000’s of years later.
Sometimes the best Defense is Offense and in this case, perhaps answer this question with a statement and follow-up question. “I have a strong belief in God and that leads me to see the value in science & knowledge. In fact, hasn’t science proven evolution to be false?” The knowledge we have today increasingly makes Darwin look silly for the theory he put together by simply looking at the outsides of species. What are Darwin's answers for the origin of the universe, the origin of the first living organism, the complex encoding we find in DNA? Darwin had answers for none of these, and on top of that was extremely racist and very demeaning to those he considered lower life forms like women. An even better question to pin someone else in a corner is why hasn’t Darwin been canceled by our cancel culture? Why would you believe a theory so heavily ingrained in racism & sexism?
Why then, do many academics and scientists still subscribe to evolution despite our modern advancements? Well, they would have to answer that for themselves, but I think there are two prevalent answers,
1) What other choice do they have if they refuse to acknowledge God (Prov 14:1)
2) They think so highly of themselves, they can’t accept the fact they could be wrong (Prov 1:7)
Want proof? Take the recent ENCODE project which researched DNA using technology that didn’t exist in 2000 when the Human Genome Project concluded that 99% of DNA was junk without purpose. Now they have concluded that up to 80% has purpose and function…and likely 100% but they don’t know what they don’t know…yet. However, there are still “Scientists” who claim 75% of DNA is useless, without function…EVEN THOUGH THE SCIENCE PROVES THEM WRONG…why? Refer back to points 1) and 2) and then read through Proverbs to get a complete understanding of those who reject God’s Wisdom.
Remember the more we study & discuss, the better chance we have of fulfilling the instruction of 1 Peter 3:15 “Always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect”. It is imperative that we study these questions and build our knowledge to answer them confidently so we may bring Glory to God and his Kingdom.
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