Science Can’t Answer That

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Where did life originate?

Where did man come from?

How did the universe come into being?

The answers to these questions are viciously fought over by the “scientific” and “religious” communities. It’s due to this turf-war that the average person thinks God and Science are somehow on different sides of the Mason/Dixon and are at eternal odds with each other. Just Google “God and Science” and you’ll find plenty of pictures just like the one above.

But the idea that God and science somehow disagree couldn’t be further from the Truth.

If we’re going to Take Back the Bible here, then we have to start with the presupposition that God is who He says He is, and that the Bible’s description of the physical and spiritual is infallibly true. With that as the starting point, we see that science is actually the tool we use to understand God’s creation. Science (the observable & repeatable process by which we study the universe) wouldn’t even be possible without the universe God created!

But before we continue, I’d like to make an assertion and see how you respond to it. Here it goes:

Science cannot tell us everything, and it cannot prove anything that is contrary to the Scriptures.

Yeah, but . . .

Now, regardless of which side of the debate you fall on, your mind may just have suffered a slight misfire. Perhaps you thought something like the following:

  • The Theist – “What can science not teach us? And hasn’t science contradicted the Scripture before?”
  • The Atheist – “Science is the only way to know life, and science disproves God every day!”

But neither of these is actually true.

Science, as defined by Merriam Webster, is

“knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation.”

No observable and repeatable scientific study has ever disproven the Bible’s Truth claims. In fact, all of them have supported exactly what the Bible says.

So why did everyone who heard me say, “Science cannot tell us everything, and it cannot prove anything that is contrary to the Scriptures.” furrow his brow in either potential or kinetic disbelief?

The Problem Isn’t Science; It’s Interpretation

I started the above section assuming some things; namely that God is God and the Bible is His revealed Word. From that starting point, there’s nothing observable or repeatable in the world that in any way contradicts the Bible’s claims.

However, if I start with a different set of a priori assumptions, I could conclude that almost everything I observe in this world proves that God can’t exist.

Notice, it’s not the actual observation or repetition that proves anything . . . it’s how the facts are interpreted. As objective as secular scientists claim to be,  it’s their own worldview that causes them to come to the conclusions they do, not the world around them.

This video does an AWESOME job of visually explaining this concept.

It’s Time to Recap

True science cannot disprove God. It’s only when personal interpretations cloud observations and repetitions that one can conclude that God doesn’t exist.

So, where did life originate?

Where did man come from?

How did the universe come into being?

Science can’t answer that.

For Your Consideration

“Foolish are the Flesh to Souls”

I asked a fish how birds can touch the clouds.
He gurgled out a laugh and said,
“Don’t be foolish, friend, no creature can!”
“But I know they do.” said I.
Yet he replied, “I never saw who did.”

I asked a bat how suns traverse the sky.
He winked a knowing eye and said,
“My boy, you ask the wrong question!”
“What should I ask?” said I?
“Please ask how ‘moons’ traverse instead.”

I asked a lion to eat some grass and had to dodge
His sworded paw. “No creature can survive not fed
On meat, you idiot! Now be my treat!”
“I’d rather live.” said I.
And questioned not how sure he was none did.

I asked a bird how fish can never breathe the air.
The bird so arrogantly said,
How simple you are to believe such things.”
“Why’s that?” said I.
“No bird has proved a fish can live without a breath.”

And so I ceased my questioning of those who cannot know.
Ability and experience cannot alone
Answer all the things that lie outside the home
We call these bones.
As foreign are the fish to birds, so foolish are the flesh to souls.

-AMBrewster-

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7 thoughts on “Science Can’t Answer That

  1. Jon P.

    Of course science does not directly contradict supernatural claims of the bible, as they are not-falsifiable; it’s 2,000 year old hearsay. But those claims, such as resurrection and virgin birth, are fundamentally contradictory to what science tells us about the nature of biology.

    From your article: “we have to start with the presupposition that God is who He says He is, and that the Bible’s description of the physical and spiritual is infallibly true. With that as the starting point, we see that science is actually the tool we use to understand God’s creation.”

    This is absolutely not scientific. Modeling and probing the word with naturalistic methodology let’s us fit models to describe reality in increasingly accurate ways. One does not start from a theological premise, and try to interpret naturalistic data to support the premise.

    Think about it like this: Let’s say that I start with the premise that leprechauns are real, along with their pots of gold at the end of rainbows. Were I to go out and make observations in the world, say at the end of rainbows, and lo and behold the pots of gold could not be found, should I say that this proves that leprechauns are very sneaky? It would seem logical given the initial premise, but is it really?

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    1. Jon P.

      I replied here because you seem to have created an account on Huffpost, replied to one of my comments with your plug to here, and then deleted the account.

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    2. AMBrewster

      Your leprechaun analogy is a fair comparison, but I’d like to contradict your statements that . . .

      “This is absolutely not scientific. Modeling and probing the word with naturalistic methodology let’s us fit models to describe reality in increasingly accurate ways.”

      I did my graduate work in psychology. And one of the most insightful observations I made was in the very first semester when no one . . . I mean, no scientist, doctor, or specialist could provide even a scratch of truly scientific data to explain this thing we call the “mind.”

      It’s completely outside of science’s ability to research, and yet it is the essence of life. It’s also, interestingly, the one thing humanists rely on to explain the world. They use their mind’s ability to reason. And yet their minds are as of yet completely incapable of understanding how their mind works.

      This is dynamically cogent to this discussion because where does a scientist start when it comes to the mind? No naturalistic methodology helps. It cannot explain emotion, thoughts, ideas, desires, fears, or dreams.

      The mind is the single most important part of who you are . . . and science is impotent to understand it.

      Yet, the Bible addresses *exactly* what it is, how it works, how to change it, and why we have it.

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