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Why Christians Must Use Good Science August 22, 2016

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How many times have you known this to happen?

Johnny Gentile came to church with his friend today. His mother had died and he was looking for answers.

The preacher spoke about life and death and Johnny said, “Good. Good.”

Next the preacher spoke about Jesus’ blood and payment for sins and Johnny said, “Good. Good.”

Then the preacher spoke about how Jesus’ blood was inherited from God in heaven and that His body was inherited from Mary. He explained that Jesus had divine blood and that’s why his death was payment for our sins and Johnny said, “No. Bad science.”

Finally the preacher asked if there was anyone there who needed their sins forgiven but Johnny Gentile was gone.

For you see, Johnny had learned in his basic high school biology class about genetics. He knew that children inherit half of all their genetic traits from one parent and half from the other so the preacher’s explanation about Jesus didn’t ring true. Since the preacher’s scientific basis was wrong, Johnny Gentile figured that the rest of what that preacher said was wrong too and left.

The moral of the story is that Christians should use and practice good science rather than build a case for Christ on a faulty foundation. 1 Peter 3:15-17 (NIV) tells us that we should always be ready to give an account of our faith.

15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Phillipians 4:8-9 (NIV) also tells us to cling to what is true.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Therefore, as followers of the God of truth let us speak only truth. If we are to fulfill the great commission and compel the lost to come to God, then the burden is on our shoulders to represent Christ appropriately.

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Science and Christianity are not Enemies March 27, 2015

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Historic Christianity birthed modern science.

This is a fact attested to by many modern researchers and historians yet almost no one alive today is aware of it. Today, Science and Christianity (almost always stated as ‘science and religion’ but there’s really only one religion in this debate) are seen as opposites. Worse, people with a scientific background erroneously believe that science has somehow disproven the existence of God and many Christians are afraid to study science for fear they will lose their faith.

Neither position is accurate. Christians who have a weak foundation for their faith may indeed lose it but this is hardly a foregone conclusion. And how can science disprove something that has no tangible parts? I mean it’s not like you can bottle faith in a test tube and subject it to tests.

So how did historic Christianity birth modern science?

It goes back to an issue of worldview. In the ancient world, many cultures had the potential for birthing science. The ancient Chinese knew about magnetism, the ancient Arabs gave us number systems, the ancient Egyptians knew about astronomy, etc. Every major culture of the past had a something to contribute yet modern science was always “stillborn”. It did not arise in its modern form of “test everything” until the middle ages of Western Europe.

Why?

The answer lies in Christianity and in no small part to the following verse:

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV)

The differences between Christianity and all the other religions before it are many. It was a combination of several of these that led to modern science. Christianity posits a single Creator God that is personal and all-powerful. (The topic of the Trinity is another conversation.) Most all ancient religions had a pantheon of gods that usually did things arbitrarily. So there was never any cultural push to understand how the world worked. If there was a lightning storm, then Zeus/Jupiter/Thor was simply angry. But in the Christian worldview, followers were taught:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (KJV)

So there must always be a purpose in everything. Thus, curious people poked about and prodded the natural world until it revealed its secrets.

And because God was personal and had created all things. And because we were made in His image as the following verse states:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. – Genesis 1:27 (KJV)

Then our creative capacities and tendencies derive from God as well. Just as God must derive great pleasure from creating, so too do we. And modern science as we know it was birthed. All this came about because of the particular worldview that Christianity had instilled into the people living in western Europe during the middle ages.

Let Us Reason Together May 4, 2012

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“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18 (NASB)

How to Find God October 28, 2011

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How does one come to God? How do we find Him?

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. – Hebrews 11:6

So it’s both simple and complex. A person must believe He exists and that He is good.

No amount of argument or evidence conjured or amassed by the human mind can convince a skeptic that God has spoken, until God has been permitted to speak. – Walter Martin, Essential Christianity

God doesn’t want us to be Vegetarians April 12, 2011

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Psalm 104:24-30 (NIV)

24 How many are your works, LORD!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.

God Creates. God Destroys. God Creates Anew. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

In other words, many people (Christians included) have an incorrect view of death. It is typically believed that (1) animal death came as a result of the fall and (2) therefore, death is inherently sinful. Yet in this passage, God causes the death of creatures that He created. But God is perfect, holy, and cannot do wrong. Therefore, it must NOT be inherently sinful to kill animals.

After all, it’s His creation and He can do what He wants with it. He’s the one who killed the animals to clothe Adam and Eve after they ate the fruit. Adam and Eve made a covering of leaves but God brought them fur clothing. How else did he get it except by killing some of His own animals?

Far be it from us to put words in God’s mouth and make any claim in His name that isn’t backed up by scripture.

Be Very Careful How You Live January 13, 2010

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Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV):

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

God Reveals Himself Through Nature November 18, 2009

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Romans 1:20 (NIV):

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Image Source: Sun and Shield: Romans 1:20b poster: God’s revelation through nature.

Believe The Truth November 16, 2009

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2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NIV):

3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Obey Your Leaders November 16, 2009

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Hebrews 13:17 (NIV):

17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

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