Doesn’t Science Disprove Christianity?

Posted: June 8, 2018 by keystoneyouth in Faith Inspection
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Introduction:

  • We started a series last week called Faith Inspection. We said that in this series we want to take a closer look at some of the common questions/objections surrounding faith.
  • Tonight, I want to look at the Question: Doesn’t Science disprove Christianity?
  • At the core of this question is the idea that Science and Faith are rivals and enemies. Either you are a scientific person dealing with facts and evidence or you are a person of faith dealing with beliefs and old holy books.
  • I believe this is a false disagreement that has been painted.
  • My goal tonight is to point out that Christianity and science should go hand-in-hand and that what we believe is based on good evidence.

 Big Idea: Christians have good reasons for what we believe.

Main Points:

  • Christianity and science aren’t enemies.
  • The existence of God makes more sense of the facts.
  • There is evidence that Christianity is true.

Christianity and science aren’t enemies (Genesis 1:1).

  • One of the main ways that Science and Christianity get pitted against each other is on the issue of evolution.
  • But it’s important to respond to this with three observations:
  • 1) The Bible is not a scientific textbook. The goal in the creation account is not to tell us every scientific detail about how the world came into being, but rather to introduce us to the Creator.
    • There are many different views on Genesis 1 among Christians. There are people who believe it describes 6 literal days and the earth is very young. There are people who believe that the days correspond to much longer periods of time because Genesis 1 appears to be more poetic then descriptive. There are people who believe that God created the world by guiding the process of evolution.
    • The point is people who believe God created the world and believe the truth of the Bible hold different views of the process by which the world was created and how old it is.
  • 2) Christians have no problem with science – science is a great tool for understanding the world we live in.
    • If we believe that God created the world, then it gives us a great motivation to study and promote science.
    • Why?
    • Because when we see how incredible and detailed the world is it should cause us to be in awe of the God who made it.
    • The discovery of DNA is an incredible discovery that shows how intricate our world is. Richard Dawkins, famed atheist, has noted that the information that is contained in a single cell nucleus of an amoeba exceeds that of an entire thirty-volume set of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
    • Stuff like that should lead us to worship God!
  • 3) Christians have a problem with Science as a comprehensive worldview.
    • This is the idea that everything in the world can be explained through natural causes and scientific observation.
    • So, if something doesn’t have a natural explanation it must be immediately discounted.
    • “We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs… because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism… Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine foot in the door.” – Richard Lewontin, former Professor of Zoology and Biology at Harvard.
  • See this type of science comes to the table with a previous belief that God CAN’T exist.

The existence of God makes more sense of the facts (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:19-21)

  • David says the world that we live in declares the glory of God. In other words, that just by looking at the world around us we are pointed to the fact that a God exists.
  • Paul goes one step further and says that everyone knows that God exists, but ultimately suppresses that knowledge so that we don’t have to obey him and can live however we want.
  • The idea that science disproves Christianity essentially says that we previously needed God to make sense of the world that we live in, but thanks to science and specifically the theory of evolution, we no longer need God to make sense of the world.
    • When you were a kid, you needed the idea of Storcks delivering babies to help make sense of where babies came from. But now that you are older, you know that babies come from two people who love each other and then form a secret handshake.
  • But here is the problem: Science cannot adequately explain the world that we live in, whereas the existence of God can and does.
  • Let me give you three examples of how the existence of God makes more sense of the facts.
  • The Beginning of the World.
    • How did it begin? The current consensus answer tends to be that there was a Big Bang that brought the world into existence.
    • However, the problem is, did something else cause the big bang or did nothing cause the big bang.
    • If there was a loud bang out in the hallway right now, what would happen?You would all turn your head to see what it was. What you are really doing in that moment is looking to see “What” caused that Bang. Why, because you instinctively know there was something behind it, something that caused it.
    • The existence of God makes sense of what caused the universe to start existing. It makes sense of why there is something rather than nothing.
    • “However, when we ask: ‘Why does the natural world exist at all, and what explains why it has the fundamental laws it does?’, such naturalistic explanations are unavailable.” –Stephen Law, English Philosopher
  • The Design of the World.
    • There are things that are necessary for life to exist here on earth… things like the speed of light, the gravitational constant, and nuclear forces must all be finely tuned to make life possible. The chances of these things lining up perfectly is somewhere in one in billions of millions (10^100).
    • Does it make more sense that these conditions happened by chance or that someone intentionally designed them to be that way?
    • If I had Micah stand in front of the room and I gave each of you a paintball gun with a hopper full of paintballs. And on the count of three I told you all to let loose.If at the end when everyone emptied their guns Micah had not been hit by one paintball, is it more likely that happened by accident or on purpose? It’s much more accident that it happened on purpose by all of you deciding that you are just too nice to shoot helpless Micah with paintballs.
    • The world we live in being just right for life to flourish makes more sense if it was designed that way by a Creator.
  • Our Objective Sense of Right and Wrong.
    • Everyone believes that certain things are not just wrong because we feel like they are wrong, but because they are objectively wrong.
    • If after youth group tonight I take a sledgehammer and went to town on one of your nice trucks outside, you would flip out. Why? Because it’s wrong for me to destroy something that isn’t mine. And not just because you feel that it’s wrong, but because it is definitely wrong.
    • If there is no God, then right and wrong is ultimately up for vote – public opinion, government, or something else decides what is right and wrong and we just have to accept it. But we instinctively know that’s not the case.
    • So for example, if all the sudden the government or public opinion would decide it’s okay to kill people with mental disabilities, we would object, “That’s not right!”
    • Why? Because we believe there is an objective standard by which we can judge. This only works if someone outside the world has set the objective standard.
  • These are just a couple samples of clues (arguments) that point to God’s existence. There may be more that you can think of as well.
    • Caveat: There are ways out of these arguments. People will often appeal to other explanations for these things. I don’t have time to go into those. My point is simply that I believe the existence of God makes more sense of the world we live in and what we know to be true.
  • Now someone could logically object at this point: You have only proven that a Divine being is likely to exist… this says nothing about the God that Christianity presents in the Bible.

There is evidence that Christianity is true (1 Corinthians 15:5-8).

  • One of the ways that science is pitted against the Bible and Christianity is that some people say science disproves miracles.
    • Which is false, because science can only test for natural causes. A miracle by definition is a supernatural event.
  • But the idea is generally that it is foolish for us to believe that a whale could swallow a man, a Sea could be split in two, a man could walk on water, and so on.
  • Here’s where I think a good place to start in response to this is… start with Jesus. Why?
  • Because if someone was resurrected from the dead, then all those other miracles seem small by comparison.
  • If God can raise a man from the dead… he can do anything.
    • If I told you I could do a superman, a whip, and a lazy boy on a dirtbike, you may question those things.But If I went out and did a backflip on a dirtbike you would lose all reason to question that I could do those things.
    • If God could raise Jesus from the dead, then in many ways all the other miracles seem like a cake walk.
  • The resurrection is not based simply on blind faith, it’s based on evidence.
    • It is a well-documented fact that Jesus lived and died.
    • An empty tomb – No one ever produced the body of Jesus. It would have been incredibly easy for the Jews and Romans to kill Christianity – just produce the body of Jesus and it’s all pointed out to be a hoax.
    • Eyewitness accounts – All the disciples attest to seeing Jesus alive after he had died. Paul says there were 500 people who saw him alive after he died.
    • Men who were willing to die for their testimony that Jesus had risen from the dead.
      • Let’s say the disciples and all those 500 other people were lying about Jesus. Then it makes absolutely no sense that many of them would give their lives for this.
      • Let’s say I make up a story about going to heaven and returning back to earth. If someone threatens to kill me for that story, I’m going to confess it’s a lie pretty quickly.
    • Time and time again men went who claimed to have seen Jesus risen from the dead went to their own death because of a refusal to deny this.

Conclusion:

  • Christianity is not a religion based on blind faith.
  • Yes it absolutely takes faith to believe in God and believe in Jesus.
    • This is why despite any amount of evidence that you give, many people will still reject Christianity. Because they simply don’t want it to be true. They don’t want to give up control of their lives to God.
  • But Christianity is a faith that is attested to by good evidence and therefore we have good reason for our faith.
  • You don’t need to know any of these arguments in order to be a Christian and make a case for what you believe. You simply need to be able to answer the question, “Why do you believe in God?” “Why are you a Christian?” In answering that question, you are giving a reason for what you believe.

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