Some Thoughts On The Glory of God, Science and Naturalistic Philosophy

Today’s post is one of those rare occasions where I touch upon Christian evidences and apologetics in this blog.

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Psalm 19:1 – 4

Romans 1:18 – 25

What in creation fills you with a sense of God’s glory?

What causes you to stand in awe of God? Being in the mountains? Walking along the seashore? Working in the garden? Being caught in the middle of a violent storm or other natural occurrence? Holding a newborn child? 

In these two Scriptures,“The Glory of God” describes the sum total of God’s character. When God is given glory, He is given “weight”. Nature testifies to His impact and importance. The patterns of nature (natural revelation) spread the word of the one true God across any and all national boundaries (Psalm 19:1 – 4). Some of the consequences of actively rejecting God are clearly described in Romans 1:18 – 25.

Contrary to popular belief, science and the Bible are not in conflict with one another (when properly understood and interpreted). They complement one another. One tells us who created the cosmos and why. The other enables us to better understand and appreciate that creation.

Data. Theories. Systematic observations and experimentation. When science is focused on these things, humanity will see evidence that is in agreement with facts revealed in Scripture. However, we overstep the boundaries of science if we begin with the assumption that God does not exist, that any “god” is unnecessary and that there is a “natural/organic’ explanation for the existence of everything in the universe.

This is not science but the philosophy of naturalism. Naturalism (not science) is in conflict with Scripture. Many have confused scientific fact with naturalistic philosophy. The Bible clearly condemns this as “suppressing the truth” (Romans 1:18), trying to eliminate God from the creation and maintenance of the world order.

Scripture does not teach anything in conflict to scientific fact or experimental methodology. In fact, modern science was born of a Christian worldview. The supposition of a God who created with logical patterns (and who made humans with the capacity to perceive such patterns) is the foundations of the scientific method.

Founders of modern science recognized a God who created the world logically, who wishes to communicate His truth to humanity through nature and Scripture and who does not change. Naturalism’s view of change (or its “worship” of change) is an extensive topic of discussion on its own (natural selection, random change, “social Darwinism”, etc.).

However, postmodern and naturalistic science leaves something out of its equation: a Biblical worldview that accepts the possibility of God breaking into His logical system to fulfill His purposes (such as the Genesis flood, the Biblical miracles, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, our redemption and the destruction of the world in the final judgment).

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