Has science disproved the existence of God?
Let’s take an example: People like Richard Dawkins write books and makes statements like science has disproved God.
I know a lot of people believe this statement because it sounds plausible, right. But what’s the truth here? What’s the story? Do I just accept that as fact, or can I start to ask questions?
People have said to me, “You’re a fool for believing in God, everyone knows that science has disproved the Bible”
Now I don't think people asking about science are difficult people. Let me clear that up. I love talking to people about this stuff, I love it when you guys send in your questions. An enquiring person is very different from a difficult person, right? An enquiring person might not agree with me on the topic of faith, but we can have a great conversation about it. A difficult person is someone who is close and is actually trying to make me feel bad about myself for thinking a certain way by calling me a fool or implying that I am, in some way, less of a human being for thinking a certain way.
So I can either keep quiet and let them walk all over me and my options. And sometimes that may be the right thing to do.
Or I can make statements back. If I just turn around and say to the person in front of me, I think you are wrong - well, that won’t get me very far I don’t think. They may even start to ridicule me, especially in social media, because people say stuff on social media that they would never say to someone’s face.
Or, I can start to ask questions.
“Wow, that’s an interesting idea…I’d love to know more about that! How has science done that exactly?”
I want to understand why the person in front of me is making that statement. Maybe there is something that I can learn. But I can also ask that question because I am confident in my faith, and I actually don’t think that statement is true. If that were true, then I would not be able to find a single, well educated, working and respected scientist that is a Christian.
Yet, I read about Francis Collins, who is the director of the Human Genome Project. That’s a fairly respected position in the scientific world. He started his career in science as an atheist, a man who believed that the truth of God did not exist in mathematics, physics or chemistry. He saw faith as something that was based on purely emotional and irrational arguments. But now he is one of the 40% of working scientist who are believers. 40%. That's not an insignificant amount. Almost half of the working scientists have faith. He wrote: "I have found there is a wonderful harmony in the complementary truths of science and faith. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. God can be found in the cathedral or in the laboratory. By investigating God's majestic and awesome creation, science can actually be a means of worship."
So science doesn’t disprove God, after all - God is by definition supernatural, He is above natural law and science and so science can neither prove nor disprove God. But you do find Him science, as you find Him in art...love it
This is good, practical stuff isn’t it? Jesus is giving us lessons here that we can use in everyday life when we have to deal with difficult people, critics and haters.
Have a strong sense of identity. Avoid statements and ask questions. Seek to understand by listening and uncover the truth in respectful dialogue. Great. But there is one other thing to ask here, and it ties in with Jesus’ question: