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Faith and Science

Series: Hot Topics


What is the relationship between faith and science? Faith and science are not opposing disciplines. Throughout history, Christians have often been the greatest proponents of scientific discovery, using their intellect to worship God. 

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Speaker: Josh Stelly

June 25, 2023

Josh Stelly

Lead Pastor

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He established the earth on its foundations; it will never be moved.

--Psalm 104:5

When we ignore actual science or when science ignores faith, both get into trouble.

No wild animal has walked upon these treasures; no lion has ever set his paw there. People know how to tear apart flinty rocks and overturn the roots of mountains. They cut tunnels in the rocks and uncover precious stones. They dam up the trickling streams and bring to light the hidden treasures.”

--Job 28:1-11

“But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding? No one knows where to find it, for it is not found among the living.”

--Job 28:12–13

We are going to address three important questions:

First Question: What is ?

  • (Science is) A branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.

“The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an unproved theory—is it then a science or a faith? Belief in the theory of evolution is thus exactly parallel to belief in special creation—both are concepts that believers know to be true, but neither, up to the present, has been capable of proof.”

--L. Harrison Matthews

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?”

--Job 38:31–32

Second Question: What is ?

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

--Hebrews 11:1 

The Bible tells us:

  • that God created the .
  •  we were created.
  •  long it took to create.

But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

--Romans 1:18-23

Then Job replied to the LORD: “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’ I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.

--Job 42:1-6

Third Question: Can science and faith ?

“Science without religion is lame, but religion without science is blind.”

--Albert Einstein

“God no more conflicts with science as an explanation for the universe than Henry Ford conflicts with the laws of the internal combustion engine as an explanation for the motorcar.”

--Dr. John Lennox, University of Oxford

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

--Matthew 22:37

“Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.”

--Psalm 111:2

“He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved”

--Psalm 104:5

Application Point:

We should love God with all our minds, allowing  and to be in mutually beneficial conversation together.



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