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  • Are God's laws governing the universe, FIXED and UNCHANGING

    From reasons to believe:

    http://www.reasons.org/articles/q-a-...-study-science


    Q&A: Why Do Christians Study Science?

    October 2, 2014

    By Guest Writer
    From Bob Miller:

    lf one believes unequivocally that God created our universe, why would one even consider, no less research and study, scientific explanations for the origins of the universe or alternative ideas such as its not having a beginning?

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    Science is possible only because our universe is an orderly place governed by natural laws, which—when properly understood—are predictive and reproducible. This understanding of the universe had its genesis in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, as can be seen by contrasting the early pagan worldview with the Judeo-Christian worldview.

    The early pagans, including the Greeks and Romans, believed the world was ruled by irrational gods with human characteristics like spite and jealousy. Some cultures even believed there was a demigod associated with every rock and tree. Such a world was a terrifying place; people felt they had to pray or sacrifice continually to appease capricious deities. Although Aristotle is credited with the first systematic formulation of science, he did not tempt nature; he “didn’t do silly experiments, but proved truth with impeccable logic.”1 Yet Aristotle’s logic failed to pass muster when the scientific method based on experimentation was developed; and we do not believe it was an accident that this development coincided with the Protestant Reformation.

    By contrast, the Bible claims God created the universe and “fixed laws” govern the cosmos (Jeremiah 33:25, NET). Genesis 1 illustrates how God created the universe and life in a structured, systematic, logical, progressive manner. And knowing that the universe is orderly and predictable is the first step in exploring natural law—or doing science.

    NET Jeremiah 33: 25 But I, the Lord, make the following promise: I have made a covenant governing the coming of day and night. I have established the fixed laws governing heaven and earth
    Some psychologists claim humans have a “science-fostering intelligence,”2 an innate curiosity about the world around them. If so, its first evidence was in the Garden of Eden, when God awakened Adam’s curiosity by bringing animals to him and instructing him to name them (Genesis 2:19–20, NASB).

    But the essence of your question is why would a Christian—a person who believes in a personal creator-God who “works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28, NIV)—bother to investigate the natural world? The answer may be found in Genesis 1:27–28 (NASB):


    God created man in His own image…male and female He created them….And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over…every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    God designed humans to be His agents on Earth by acting on His behalf to make a “very good” world better. Those who believe in the Judeo-Christian God pursue science—including cosmology—to learn more about our creator-God and to follow his command to make the world a better place. Among countless examples, Jesuit priest and scientist Georges Lemaître (1894–1966) first proposed the expansion of the universe, which validated the biblical description of the cosmos (see Isaiah 40:22) and was key to big bang cosmology. And it was a devout Christian, Michael Faraday (1791–1867), who doggedly pursued the discovery of electromagnetism guided by Romans 1:20 (NIV):

    For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.

    We believe secular scientists follow this same innate, God-given desire—even though they may not recognize its source.

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    Paul told Timothy to "study to she's thyself approved". Our Father created a wonderful, complex universe just for us. If I had gone out in the back yard and made a special play yard for my children, complete with hidden play areas, tree houses, tiny houses, and gardens, and they just sat in the spot I placed them, without trying to see what all I had created for them, I would be heartbroken.

    When we explore the unbelievably beautiful earth with it's spot in the universe, each discovery shows us how much the Father loves us. Nothing that has been discovered discounts God. Everything points to a supernatural creation.

    A friend of mind discovered the entrance to a cave under his property. They began exploring it. At this time, they have explored over fifteen miles of cave. Each exploration uncovers more magnificent formations. Here is an underground marvel. Think......How many wonderful things are out there that God made, that we have not yet brought to light.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by TennesseeLinda View Post
      Paul told Timothy to "study to she's thyself approved". Our Father created a wonderful, complex universe just for us. If I had gone out in the back yard and made a special play yard for my children, complete with hidden play areas, tree houses, tiny houses, and gardens, and they just sat in the spot I placed them, without trying to see what all I had created for them, I would be heartbroken.

      When we explore the unbelievably beautiful earth with it's spot in the universe, each discovery shows us how much the Father loves us. Nothing that has been discovered discounts God. Everything points to a supernatural creation.

      A friend of mind discovered the entrance to a cave under his property. They began exploring it. At this time, they have explored over fifteen miles of cave. Each exploration uncovers more magnificent formations. Here is an underground marvel. Think......How many wonderful things are out there that God made, that we have not yet brought to light.
      Thanks so much for your comment Linda. Amen.

      The Lord Jesus has built up my faith by my study of His creation, just as much as He has by my study of His Holy Scriptures.

      The real faith building comes when one sees that both agree.

      Lou

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      • #4
        The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof. Discovery is a pure joy both in the natural and the spiritual.

        I like that Jeremiah verse, it hints at something very intriguing. A covenant is an agreement between two parties.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Baruch View Post
          The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof. Discovery is a pure joy both in the natural and the spiritual.

          I like that Jeremiah verse, it hints at something very intriguing. A covenant is an agreement between two parties.
          Amen Baruch.............Thanks.................Lou

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          • #6
            You reminded me of when I was in grade school. I loved to read. My parents bought me many books. I had three shelves of history, science, astronomy, and nature. I preferred the latter two areas. I would spend all day reading.

            Why? Well, because I was made that way.

            But why was I made that way? Aha!

            Thanks for bringing these two things together for me. I viewed them as separate, now they are gracefully intertwined.

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