Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pursuit of Truth

We live in a world divided.

Republican/Democrat.  Mac/PC. Pro-life/Pro-choice. Star Wars/Star Trek. Christian/Atheist.

As I dig deeper into my chosen area of study, the pursuit of truth and scientific fact is laid out before me.  I am growing more confident in the lab (only one little technical error so far) and doing well in my classes.  I finally feel like I am on the right track toward a career.  Perhaps medicine was not my calling, but scientific research is.  The dots are connecting.

But as a Christian, my main purpose is to bring glory to Christ and share the Gospel with the unsaved.  Is a science career going to be for my own glory and not the Lord's?  Isn't there a division between science and faith?
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17 
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
I have always believed that scientific truth is one of God's ways of letting us explore His creation and His way of blessing us to use our intelligence for His kingdom.  This belief of mine has only been strengthened as I continue my studies.  Recently, I read a wonderful book called "The Language of God" by Francis Collins, who spearheaded the Human Genome Project and is current director of NIH.  A few of his words really jumped out at me:
A believer need not fear that this investigation will dethrone the divine; if God is truly Almighty, He will hardly be threatened by our puny efforts to understand the workings of His natural world. 
Science is not threatened by God; it is enhanced. God is most certainly not threatened by science; He made it all possible. So let us together seek to reclaim the solid ground of an intellectually and spiritually satisfying synthesis of ALL great truths. 
The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. he can be worshiped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. 
While many in the scientific community believe that faith in a Creator is foolish because there is no evidence, I believe (as Collins does) that the entire natural world IS evidence of a Creator.  He is merely allowing us to learn more about it (and HIM) through scientific discovery.

So let's stop dividing science and faith.  I want to continue to pursue the truth of science AND the truth of the Gospel, and worship my Lord while I do it.

3 comments:

  1. We are definitely on the same page about this, but my focus is of course more in the world of psychology. Psychology still does what it can to separate from God. It is crazy to see how many theorists completely write off the notion of any form of higher power.

    The more I delve into psychology, the more I see God. The more I am amazed by how separate, yet intricately entwined our minds and our brains are. I never really thought of the mind being separate from the brain till psych.

    But still psychology is banned by so many Christians. It is still considered evil. One pastor locally says if you struggle with depression or any mood disorder, to bring it to the altar, you don't need a counselor or psychologist. That makes me cringe because I know people need the help and I know how it is just as much of a physical issue as cancer is. Blows my mind that people still think it is evil.

    I hope one day science and faith can truly be integrated. I think they bring out the best in each other.

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  2. Mariel,

    I'm taking a theology class right now in which we read a book that was specifically about how God and science (particularly evolution) have no reason to be in conflict with each other. If you're interested in looking into it a little more from a theological perspective, it's a good book to read: "Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life" by John Haught. At times his argumentation gets a little sloppy, but overall it's worth reading. He has some cool insights as to the purpose/meaning of an evolutionary world in the context of God.

    Carissa

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