Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Why should God's Word Interpret Science?
At the outset it is important to make the distinction between operational science and historical science. O.S. is the science that allows me to type on my computer right now. It is the science that allowed Galileo to reveal the unbiblical notion that the sun travels around the Earth. H.S., on the other hand, is the science of extrapolating scientific laws into theories about the past that cannot be tested by the scientific method.

While God encourages operational science in his Word, ("Taste and see that the LORD is good." -Ps.34) He knows that we will absolutely need the Bible to clearly understand anything of what He has done in the past. (Heb. 1:1-2)

While the theory of Intelligent Design further reveals the obvious general revelation of God's creation, (Rom. 1:18 and Psalm 19:1), and reinforces the book of Genesis, it fails to give us the most significant details about who this intelligent Designer really is: What is He doing and what has He done throughout history? The Bible remains the only certain and reliable history book of the universe.

For example, the Big Bang theory has only been around about 50 years. Already many prominent scientists have found major problems with it. Science textbooks are continually rewritten (or should be!) because historical science is just not a very good way to reconstruct history. History books and biographies are never recorded in scientific journals!

The following are some other important points to keep in mind about historical science:
1. Historical science cannot accurately reconstruct history without "historians"or eyewitnesses. The Bible declares an all-knowing Eyewitness who was there and is not silent about His constant supernatural involvement.
2. No matter how much we know, even about the present, we realize that we will always see dimly as if through polished metal. (1 Cor. 13:12) However through the Word of God, and by His Spirit, we can experience clearly what no eye or ear has ever seen or heard. (1 Cor. 2:9-10)
3. Naturalism assumes all things have continued as they presently are. Disregarding the massive evidences for a world-wide flood, millions of years have given us all the fossils we see. Interestingly God knew this was coming, "...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, ... all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation. For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly." (2 Peter 3:3-7)

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