I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. -C.S. Lewis
God and science aren’t mutually exclusive. And though you might think that it would be impossible for believers and unbelievers to find some point of intersection, it’s not.
I used to be like many who felt that science was, in itself, all that was needed to understand the universe. All that was real was only the measurable and observable. Everything else was either not real, or just not yet measurable or observable by current technology.
And in our ever more sophisticated world, the more we discover with science, the more people who only see the world by science believe it to be an explanatory end in itself.
Science is man’s attempt to have a structured understanding of God’s creation. (The human mind likes to apply taxonomy and structure to make sense of the universe.) And when previously held scientific notions of how the world or universe works fall apart or fail to accurately explain observable phenomena, we have to amend them to more accurately re-explain it.
Science, like everything else, is a subset of God’s creation, but is limited by its own logical constraints. In its own way, it is a closed system by which anything not provable through scientific means must not be real…or simply cannot yet be explained. There was a book I read in high school that compared several different world views against logic to show which systems were open or closed. Christianity was considered a closed system, because it was considered circular in its proofs. And, at the time, that was clearly enough for me as a case against believing in it.
It wasn’t till He opened my eyes at 40 years of age that I finally started to understand that, just maybe, not everything and everyone has to play by manmade explanatory rules to be real.
One day, if we don’t destroy ourselves first, we might learn enough to see that what we’ve been trying to measure and explain was already told to us in His Word: His Creation is vast and beautiful, and we will only ever discover more about it.
He exists outside of time and space, and because His ways and thoughts are higher than ours, how He works and thinks doesn’t have to make logical sense to us. If you believe that God is everlasting to everlasting, and encompasses all things, then you know in your heart that science, like all other things, is just another part of His creation…not outside of it.
Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable” praises God’s majesty, His creation, and His love for us.