|Science as a Religion or an Object of Worship|
Science originally meant knowledge. All knowledge comes from God. However, at present, the word, science, is used to describe the current opinion of the most vocal and politically powerful scientists. Often, it is assumed that, if a compelling fairytale can told about anything (the age of the Earth, the origin of the universe, the fossils that are found, etc.) that that fairytale becomes reality. A theory can be created for which current knowledge cannot absolutely disprove the theory and yet be a false theory. History tells us that. And, the current opinion of the most vocal and politically powerful scientists is generally protected by many rationalizations and threats to keep anyone from examining the opinion in the light of actual facts.
We can look at science as one of the tools for knowing that God has given to us, or we can look at science as sort of a magical god that is the answer to everything and the source of all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. The second naive view of science is quite prominent in the educational system at every level, in the entertainment industry, in every type of print media, in the courts, and in the news industry. By invoking the word, science, the merchants can sell everything from abortion to beauty products. Just by adding the word, science, to a sentence, a politician can create a false credibility to anything, including evolutionism, global warming, speculations about the age of the earth, socialism, or any other thing that adds to the politician's power.
Hugh Ross says that Nature is equivalent to the 67th book of the Bible—but what he really means is not the creation but human ability to observe and rationalize ideas about the creation. The fact is that the human ability to observe/read and rationalize ideas about the Bible is not the Word of God. When the Bible uses the word, Word, it is speaking of God’s utterance. God utters His Word when we read the Bible and when we observe His creation. God is always speaking, but humanity is fallen and is not always listening. Hugh Ross has actually made an idol out of the human ability to observe and to rationalize concerning creation, in the same way that some people make an idol out of the human ability to observe and to rationalize concerning the Bible.
Ungodly people are forced to hold on tightly to some basic presuppositions. These presuppositions are just simple-minded assumptions. They are filters and a way to censor out any information that supports the existence of God. They set up a web of rules to filter out God. They will only accept those things that conform to Naturalism, materialism, and uniformitarianism. Naturalism claims that God does nothing. Materialism claims that there is no God or spiritual realm. Uniformitarianism claims that there was not creation and that there was no violent worldwide flood, as the Bible and numerous other historical accounts record. Whatever they observe that does not conform to this complex filter is censored. The way that it is censored can take several forms. The ungodly may boldly proclaim that, though the data appears to support God's version and refute the version of the ungodly, yet it still must be interpreted to mean just the opposite of what it does mean. A backup method that ungodly people use is to prophecy that in the future, science will be able to explain what they see as an anomaly. If that fails, they will hide the data, set it aside, or lie to keep the public from knowing the truth. The data clearly demolishes the story of the ungodly and clearly supports the reality of the Creator God, His Bible, and His abiding Presence in His people. When confronted with the obvious, a closed-minded ungodly person says, "I can't understand it." They are willingly ignorant because they refuse to hold God in their knowledge. The reality is that these people, for whatever reason, don't what to know the Creator. They don't want to truly know Jesus, their Creator.
We are not dogmatically claiming to know that the Earth is 6,000 years old. We know that God created the Heavens and the Earth in six days and we know the number of generations between Adam and Christ. That's about it. Even though a plain reading of Scripture seems to indicate a young Earth; even though there is zero observed evidence and only circular reasoning and speculations that support old Earth stories, we can't even deny the possibility that God could have done something that Scripture doesn't hint at and that has left no scientific evidence. It is possible. It just is not worth the time to think about it.
Last updated: Mar, 2013
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