Part 2 Reasons two & three: why studying science & faith is important

2. Understanding science will strengthen our faith

Whenever I have doubts about my faith, the first thing I do is recall all the scientific evidence I’ve learned over the years.  This quickly dispels that little voice that speaks in the back of my head that says, “This Christianity stuff is all made up.”  Do you ever have those doubts or am I just weird?  One apologetic speaker called it wonder.  Wonder is asking questions about God in order to get to know Him better.  We need to have more wonder.  We need to seek answers to our wondering.  The more we seek and find answers, the more we grow closer to the creator of the universe.  Remember God thought this was so important He began His special revelation to us by giving us the creation account.  God knows the more we understand science and how it supports his existence and His power, the more we will strengthen our faith.  As our faith grows stronger our love for God grows deeper.  Faith is not wishful thinking; faith is based on knowledge.  A growth in knowledge is a growth in faith.

3. Our friends and relatives need to hear the truth about science and faith

This is listed third for a good reason; simply because not everyone reading this will talk with individuals who love to discuss science.  However, we need to understand one of the major stumbling blocks for some individuals becoming followers of Christ is science.  Our culture thinks science is based on truth and religion is based on blind faith.  We have friends and relatives who think we live in a fantasy world if we think science and Christianity are compatible.  Some of these individuals will not listen to our message about Jesus Christ unless we clear away the false ideas of issues such as Darwinian Evolution.  People have to believe in the existence of God before they could ever accept Jesus Christ.  God loves to use good arguments to help friends and relatives to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

One perfect example of needing to hear the truth about science and faith was Anthony Flew, who was a lecturer, a debater, and for over 30 years a professor of philosophy at two universities.  He wrote books in support of atheism and on a regular basis debated against Christians and theists on a number of topics.  He at one time was considered one of the world’s leading scholars and advocates of atheism.

However, something happened in the 2004.  Upon years of studying the evidence for Darwinian evolution and intelligent design he reached the conclusion that intelligent design had the better arguments.  He then became a deist.  A deist believes that God got things started and then backed off.  From a hard core debating atheist to a believer in God is a monstrous change!  In an interview, with Christian scholar Gary Habermas, Flew said this concerning his change from atheism, “I think the argument to Intelligent Design is enormously stronger than it was when I first met it.  It now seems to me that the findings of more than fifty years of DNA research have provided materials for a new and enormously powerful argument to design[1].”

Anthony Flew, upon a close examination of Darwinian evolution and intelligent design, made a radical decision to change his belief system.  As an intellectual scholar he felt he had no other reasonable choice.  Anthony Flew had the courage and honesty to leave his atheism and go with the evidence.

As I said before, the most important reason for studying this material is God began his scriptures with, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  He thinks science is important and so should we. Secondly, this information will strengthen your faith and third I would like to equip those who get into science discussions.

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[1] Habermas & Flew, Interview 2004 Evangelical Philosophical Society, pgs 2,3

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