when science is praised instead of god
As was highlighted the other week in both of our church services, Pastor Rick Blackwood makes an assessment [below] of what's commonly called the "suspension of disbelief," and more plainly put, hypocrisy, of the fathers of modern, elitist science. These "experts," with titles, positions, and degrees abound can't even get their story straight about how the world was created; and in realizing that macro-evolution is scientifically impossible, contradict their own faculties of hard proof and data by willfully denying God's existence - without proof or data.
Below is an excerpt from Genesis that gives us all the proof we need.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” GENESIS 1: 1-4
Given what we know to be true and what scientists claim to be true, here is a direct quote from Dr. George Wald, former Harvard Professor and winner of the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize in Science. Wald personifies the brand of scientific arrogance and ignorance we're talking about here.
"When it comes to the origin of life on this earth, there are only two possibilities: creation or spontaneous generation (evolution). There is no third way. Spontaneous generation was disproved 100 years ago, but that leads us only to one other conclusion: that of supernatural creation. We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds (personal reasons); therefore, we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance."
As Blackwood notes in the video, this weird conclusion made by Wald is without proof, data, logic, or evidence, very much contradictory to what science prides itself on.
If God can create an elaborate grid of plants, beasts, and humans from a formless void, then He can create rocks with whatever radiometric or carbon integrity He wants, as pertains the line of thinking that offers "proof" of evolution. In other words, let’s put to the test the very basis of carbon dating, the paradigm from which it’s measured. If we weren’t involved in a rock’s origin (which we weren’t), how can we gauge its age accordingly? It's very hard for me to wrap my head around man-made instruments conclusively identifying the age of something that God created in the first place, in a span of six days. What if, and pardon me for this zany hypothesis, the earth isn’t 4.4+ billion years older than Noah? What if God actually created Adam and Eve in the Garden on the 6th day and didn’t sneakily tick four billion years off the earth’s clock in the process, and fail to fill in the author of Genesis? (Please excuse the sarcasm)
The Genesis scripture above reveals another flaw in scientific thinking - The sun actually wasn't first. Light became‘light’ simply because God said “Let there be light.” Take note too, this light spoken into existence in verse three is NOT the sun; the creation of the sun, chronologically, happens later. In some scientific circles, the sun is often referred to as the center of our portion of the cosmos, and it is the source of physical light on earth, but it’s not the light which appears first in Genesis. This light is the center of what God establishes next. I believe that the light which appeared first was Jesus; all Old Testament signs point to His arrival. In God’s creation it seems like Jesus is the light at the center of our universe, and not the sun.
What the Bible says about False Teaching
I’m very convinced of this: That God did not create us with the ability to reason or rationalize ourselves out of relationship with him, so that must be a product of man… I’m also quite convinced that Science and its precepts exist and are useful only within the confines of God’s ways.
Colossians 2:8 submits a warning to the church in Colossae concerning obtuse and contrary teaching:
"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ." (NIV) This scripture, maybe the most applicable to illustrate my point has good company in the New Testament. There are roughly 61 others dealing with false teaching, and not necessarily including false prophecy and false doctrine, which are obviously intertwined. Not only should we be on guard for empty and untrue theories, but spiritually discerning about what's propped up to actually lead people astray.
Please hear me, I'm not knocking science, but when its theories and its precepts override what we know to be true through the Bible, and look eerily similar to what Paul and others warned against, then we must use discernment. We can't expect to have transformed minds when we continue to subscribe to the way the world thinks. I consider myself a "contrarian" to the world, not to be or seem contrary, but rather to avoid wordliness. For worldliness, or friendship/partnership with the world, as James 4:4 describes it, is enmity with God.