Does Faith in God and Science Conflict With Each Other?

by Jack Wellman on July 15, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Does the Bible conflict with science?  Does believing in science mean that we can not believe in the Bible?  If a Christian believes in science does this mean that they can not believe in the Bible?

Does the Bible Conflict with Science? 

The Bible is not a science book and science is not faith-based so there really is no conflict at all in the greater sense, however the Bible did reveal certain scientific facts about the earth before mankind was aware of it.  For example, the common belief that the earth was flat was believed for centuries although the Bible clearly revealed that it was spherical.  This fact is stated in both the Old and the New Testament:  Isaiah said “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in (40:22).  Revelation 7:1 says “After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.”  This fact was understood by the Old Testament writers long before mankind discovered that earth was round.

God also tells us centuries before it was known, that the earth is suspended in space in Job 26:7, “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.” Also early in mankind’s history, the belief that the earth was the center of the universe was widespread.  This belief was called Heliocentrism.  Psalm 19:6 reveals that the sun, the moon, and the earth all have a circuit, “It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.” Here is testimony to the fact that the sun has a circuit.  Nowhere in the Bible does it state that the earth is the center of the galaxy.

Does Believing in Science Mean That we Cannot Believe in the Bible?

The above verses indicate that we can believe the Bible and that particular facts in the Bible are scientific, however the Bible is not a book of scientific facts.  It is a collection of historical facOpen Biblets, theology, poetry, prophecy, and letters from the apostles.  To try and force the Bible into being a book that is scientific is like taking a historical book and trying to make it adhere to scientific facts.  It would be like reading Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of theRoman Empireand using it to say that history and science are incompatible.  For example, atheists, skeptics, and scientists who state that the Bible teaches that the earth is only 6,000 years old are intentionally making Genesis into time-recorded events.  They are extrapolating the meaning of Genesis 1:1 into a time frame that it was never intended to be.

A careful reading of Genesis 1:1 shows that there is no mention of time when God said that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”   If we read the entire event, we should take into consideration the entire context of Genesis account both verse one and two: “1 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.”  You will notice that the earth was first, created.  Then (and no mention of time was given here) we see that the planet was covered with water, and was formless and empty.  The Hebrew word used for “formless” was the word “Tohuw” which means it was “formless” and in a state of “chaos”.   The amount of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 is not mentioned.  It could be millions of years for all we know.  The event of creation is not intended to be a scientific account of it.  It is intended to be a stated fact of history and an account that God is the Creator.

If a Christian Believes in Science Does this Mean that they Cannot Believe in the Bible?

After reviewing the previous scriptures, we see that the Bible is not intended to be a scientific account of creation; however it does establish particular facts about the sun, the earth, and our universe.  It states as a matter of fact how man was created.  A Christian can believe in science and in the Bible since the Bible was not written for scientists but for those who are seeking a permanent relationship to God.  It is a story of redemption.  The Bible is the greatest love letter ever written to anyone at any time.  Science can not disprove the existence of God nor can it explain the origin of the universe.  It is limited in its finite knowledge of the origin of matter and of origin of life.  Science can only placate theories, hypothesis, and assumptions.  There is no conclusive evidence or absolute proof of where the universe came from and how life began.  In fact it takes more faith to believe that the universe came out of nothingness and that life came about on its own than to believe in a causal effect; a Creator Who is the cause for the effect of all there is.

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V. PAULIN October 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm

i LOVE THESE QUOTES, WHEN I READ THEM THEY PUT A FIRE IN MY HEART FOR THE LORD. IT MAKES ME WANT TO DO MORE FOR THE LORD I WANT TO SPEAK TO HIS PEOPLE FOR HIM I HAVE A DESIRE TO DO SO,

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Jack Wellman October 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

Thank you my good friend for such an encouraging comment. I too feel at times that I want to shout it on the mountain top and do more for the Lord Jesus Christ, of which I fail miserably at times. But God is gracious and loves me anyway. Thank you for visiting us and such an wonderful comment.

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Christof March 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

We know that Atheists “beliefs” are very much based on science, they always use science to try discredit the existence of a God/Creator.
Well, here is a brilliant scientific explanation of how God fits into the universe, or rather how everything fits into God…you absolutely have to watch this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzetqYev_AI

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Jack March 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Dr. Schroeder is brilliant Christof. Thank you. Wow, this is so impressive. I believe when physicists, scientists, and evolutionists climb up the mountain top to discover the origin of the universe and life, they will find out that the theologian-scientist, perhaps Dr. Schroeder himself, will already be there waiting…and say, “What too you so long!?”. Brilliant. Thank you so much. I am forwarding this.

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Christof March 25, 2012 at 2:07 am

Hi Jack,
This is indeed brilliant, the reality is many people have already started to try and discredit Dr. Schroeder, we know how these onslaughts work, give the author a bad name in the hopes that his work will become questionable, its sad but many people are more willing to believe in the magical spontaneous development of life from dead matter than believe in a power full omnipresent God, the source of all life.

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Ms. Brown October 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Thanks for posting. I agree with your comment 100%. This is one the reasons why it is so important and vital to our continued faith and hope (as Christians) to continue fellowship and communication with other believers.

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Jack Wellman October 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Amen Ms. Brown. I so agree…iron sharpens iron and we learn more together that we would ever do separately. Well said.

Ms. Brown October 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I’m still posting as guest. Is there a way to sign up or join this blog. I was searching for a button or link.

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Jack Wellman October 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Thank you Mrs. Brown. If you copy and paste your link to your blog where it says “website” or if you don’t have a blog, you can copy and paste your Facebook url or link of your Facebook page. Thanks. Hope it helps.

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