A Christian perspective of science
In Psalm 119:160, we read, “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” Since this verse challenges the scientific community, let’s talk about that.
The study of the sciences involves numerous subjects, for example: archeology, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geology, languages, medicine, nutrition, physics, and many more. As Christians, we believe that any scientific matter is rooted in God’s creative purpose and is praiseworthy. Observing this, the psalmist said, “The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. (Psalm 111:2-4)
There’s an open invitation here to study science or, as the psalmist called it, His wonderful works. In addition, God said in Psalm 115:16, “The heavens, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.” In other words, it’s ours for the taking and doing. We should take great pleasure in this gift, being careful to temper our perspective of science with Biblical truth. As a hobby or career, we must also remember that our work in scientific matters is not salvific. Quite the contrary: It is work to be done gladly as a gift to the Lord and not to men, as Paul wrote in Colossians 3:23.
John MacArthur suggests that there are three perceptions of Scripture for scientists or for scientific study:
- First, there’s the NO BOOK approach. This ignores the contribution of the Bible, assuming that it is either wrong or irrelevant.
- Second, there’s the TWO BOOK approach. This attempts to integrate two equal disciplines of science and theology. Did you catch that? In this approach, science is placed on an equal footing with theology. And if there is any erring on the side of caution, it’s always on the side of a “higher standard” than the Bible.
- And third, there’s the ONE BOOK approach. This approach is the Christian’s perspective of willingly and candidly acknowledging that the Bible is inerrant, infallible, authoritative, and sufficient.1
MacArthur states, “For many scientists, confidence in man’s knowledge and pride in human accomplishments are the specific sins that obstruct their path to an acknowledgment of God.” In other words, science’s rejection of the sole authority of God’s Word is sin.
Our Christian perspective, then, should find us learning and remembering everything earthy, worldly things aside. As the psalmist said, “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works” (Psalm 145:5). This type of meditation isn’t superficial or shallow. It’s a vital aspect of being obedient to God’s command to subdue and dominate the planet (Genesis 1:28). Feeling good about the work we do, and taking pride in it, is a divine glint of how God must feel about His good work; it will cause us, His image-bearers, to rejoice, too, as God rejoices in His work (Psalm 104:31).
We can get a glimpse of the major worldviews of science by knowing the views each has on the science of biology:
- Biblical Christianity believes creationism by the Triune God as recorded in the Bible.
- Islam believes in creationism by a non-triune, singular god as recorded in the Koran, which Muslims believe explains and supersedes our Holy Scriptures.
- Secular humanism teaches a neo-Darwinian evolution, that is, evolution theory modified by modern, genetic findings in light of classic evolution.
- Marxism/Leninism/Maoism, which you recognize as forms of communism, push for punctuated evolution, loosely described as evolution that ceases for a period of time before starting back up again.
- Cosmic humanism embraces cosmic evolution, a worldview of the science of biology that’s not only in left field but in outer space.
- Postmodernism leans strongly toward punctuated evolution.2 We should be concerned about postmodernism for it is the era in which we live. Postmodernism’s view of punctuated evolution in the science of biology introduces to other scientific arenas the politics of communism.
The Christian perspective of science always finds itself rooted in the Word of God without any attempt to explain it away. The perspective is faith-based as a matter of believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried, and that He was raised to life as Savior and Redeemer for those who confess, “Jesus is Lord.” This confounds the scientific community whose faith wavers on theory and false doctrines.
1 MacArthur, John. (2003). Think Biblically: recovering a Christian worldview. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.
2 Faith for Life. (n.d.) Retrieved May 31, 2017, from https://www.summit.org/.