Hebrews 11:1-3 and 6
1.) What is Science? = “The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.”
Science concerns itself with the study of what is observable; religion with what is not necessarily observable.
Conflict can occur when science tries to make conclusions about what cannot be observed on the basis of what can be.
God’s Word simply does not address certain things about His creation; it is as if He intentionally left many things unexplained just for the purpose of our discovering them.
2.) A Question of Origins = Hebrews 11:3.
Science begins with a super dense ball of matter, or a single atom which spontaneously explodes. The Bible begins with a “matterless” timeless expanse.
The question of origin, predating what is observable, is a matter of faith.
What faith does, is that it enables the rational mind to lay hold of what God says, and treats it as real.
Science deals with what is observable, and religion (often) with what is not.
When these two fields try to answer each other’s questions, there is trouble.
3.) Points of Conflict = The creation side largely ignores or marginalizes what contradicts their own view, and the evolution side does the same thing.
God did not explain Himself other than by saying, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…”
God starts His creation of this world in “matterless” existence.
God does not answer the “scientific” question with a “scientific” answer. He offers the answer of faith.
Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:3
Science takes us back to “matter”, the Bible to “pre-matter”.
God possess the right and might to do whatever He wishes with what He has created.
Science and religion may be looking at the same question but coming up with two very different answers, because each is concerned with protecting the integrity of what it wants to believe.