As a Christian I believe the Bible (KJV) is the inerrant, infallible, and inspired (God breathed) Word of God. The Bible is an act by God to reveal Himself to man and to reveal man’s lostness and his need of God’s salvation.
God revealed Himself to man because He made man with the capacity to receive that revelation.
God reveals Himself in a general way through history (1 Corinthians 10:1-6), our conscience (Romans 2:14-16) and nature (Psalms 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-21). God reveals Himself by special revelation through, the Bible (Deuteronomy 29:29; 2 Peter 1:20-21) and perfectly and ultimately through Christ, His Son (John 1:14, 18).
All science isn’t true science, just as everything with a Christian label isn’t Christian.
We are constantly discovering new facts about our world. No new discovery will ever contradict the Bible. Though man is always finding new facts, God had all the facts from the very beginning.
Roger Bacon (1214-1294) with others at Oxford laid the foundation for modern science. “He stressed careful observation and a systematic collection of information ‘to unlock nature’s secrets.’” There was Galileo (1564-1642) with his telescopic observation of astronomical objects. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630?) who first showed that the planets’ orbits are elliptical, not circular. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) who discovered there was a universal force of attraction between every body in the universe that is called gravity. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) made the first successful barometer. Rene Descartes (1596-1650) contributed with his method of mathematical analysis and theory of science.
These scientists were Christians and believed the heavens and the earth were created by God, and that God is a reasonable God as the Bible says. This gave them “faith in the possibility of science.” With this Christian thought form — that the world was created by a reasonable God — they could move with confidence, expecting to find out about their world by observation and experimentation. Since all things, including man, were created by God they weren’t surprised to find a correlation between themselves as observers and the thing observed — that is between subject and object.
These scientists believed God wrote two books; “the book of God’s works” which is the world that God made (Psalms 19:1-6) and the “book of God’s Word,” the Bible (Psalms 19:7-11).
The Christian thought form is responsible for the Scientific Revolution. The advances in science were made by men who believed the universe was meant to be explored and the knowledge gained would only reflect the glory of its Creator. Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), who was a renowned scientist but an unbeliever said that, “Christianity is the mother of modern science because of the medieval insistence on the rationality of God.”
Non-Christian societies were limited in their explorations because their religions were made up of many gods which were for the most part unreasonable and caprice. Joseph Needham says regarding this that “There was no confidence that the code of Nature’s laws could ever be unveiled and read, because there was no assurance that a divine being, even more rational that ourselves, had ever formulated such a code capable of being read.” But Christianity has One God and He is reasonable and His creation orderly, and therefore knowable.
Science is a fact only because God Who created all things in an orderly and knowable fashion is a fact.
James H. Cagle lives in Ray City, Ga., and is a former Hamilton County resident.