The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever. (Psalm 119:160)
The study of the sciences involves numerous subjects: archeology, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geology, medicine, nutrition, physics, and many more. As Christians, we believe that any scientific matter is rooted in God’s creative purpose.
In his praise, 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)
Write some key words of these verses here:
There’s nothing wrong with a believer enjoying, studying, or even making a career out of science. But his perspective should be tempered with Biblical truth. God says that the earth and all that is in it is His gift to mankind: The heavens, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men (Psalm 115:16). We should take great pleasure in this gift.
The psalmist also meditated on all the works of God’s hands. In Psalm 145:5, he says “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.”
Our Christian perspective, then, should find us learning and remembering everything earthy (not worldly!). Perhaps this is what God intended when He commanded people to subdue and dominate the planet (Genesis 1:28). Doing it God’s way will move us to praise Him, thank Him, worship Him, and love Him.
What scientific subjects have you found mentioned in the Bible?
What are some ways in which we can faithfully and joyfully engage science as ‘earthlings’ who love Jesus?
The Bible says in Jeremiah 32:27, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” We believe that God can do anything and has done everything. He rejoices in His works. The psalmist recognized this: May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in His works. (Psalm104:31)
God would have people rejoice in their works, too. This is not the same as hoping our works will save us – they won’t. We should do our work gladly as a gift to the Lord, not as to get to the Lord.
Science is not the exception. The study and work of science should be done for the Lord and not for men (Colossians 3:23). Other worldviews differ with the Biblical worldview of science in that they hold to men’s standards and not God’s standard: His Word.
What science news have you heard lately that seems unbiblical?
Herschel Hobbs explained: The Bible may not tell a man all he wants to know but it does tell him all he needs to know about his moral duty and spiritual destiny.[i]
John MacArthur suggests that there are three perceptions of Scripture for scientists or in scientific study:
- “No book” approach – ignores the contribution of the Bible, assuming that it is either wrong or irrelevant.
- “Two book” approach – attempts to integrate two equal disciplines of science and theology, generally erring on the side of caution (or on the side of a higher standard than the Bible).
- “One book” approach – willingly and candidly acknowledges that the Bible is inerrant, infallible, authoritative, and sufficient.[ii]
He states that “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.”
We can get a glimpse of the various worldviews of science by knowing the views each has on biology:
- Biblical Christianity – creationism by the Triune God
- Islam – creationism by a non-triune god
- Secular humanism – neo-Darwinian evolution
- Marxism/Leninism/Maoism – punctuated evolution
- Cosmic humanism – cosmic evolution
- Postmodernism – punctuated evolution[iii]
Read Psalm 104. Write down all the scientific subjects you see mentioned in this passage.
Then, choose one topic and commit to learn something about it that you did not know. Determine the difference between what is true and what is Truth. Contact a pastor or ministry leader to assist you, if needed.
[i] Hobbs, Herschel H. (1971). The Baptist faith and message. Nashville, TN: Convention Press.
[ii] MacArthur, John. (2003). Think Biblically: recovering a Christian worldview. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.
[iii] Faith for Life. (n.d.) Retrieved May 31, 2017, from https://www.summit.org/.