Christian Worldview of Science
The entirety of Your word is truth, each of Your righteous judgments endures forever. (Psalm 119:160)
“Science” involves a multitude of subjects like archeology, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geology, medicine, nutrition, physics, and many more. As Christians, we believe that any scientific matter is connected to God’s purpose for creation.
In his praise, the psalmist sang, “The Lord’s works are great, studied by all who delight in them. All that He does is splendid and majestic; His righteousness endures forever. He has caused His wondrous works to be remembered. The Lord is gracious and compassionate. (Psalm 111:2-4)
- Write some key words here and a brief note about each:
When believers enjoy, study, or make a career out of science his/her perspective should be tempered with Biblical truth, and not the other way around. God says that the earth and all that is in it is His gift to mankind: The heavens are the Lord’s, but the earth He has given to the human race (Psalm 115:16). We should handle this gift accordingly.
- How do we enjoy science?
- How do we study science?
- What careers are based in science?
The psalmist also meditated on all the works of God’s hands. In Psalm 145:5, he says “I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty and Your wondrous works.”
The Christian perspective of science, then, includes learning, remembering, and speaking about God’s gift of the earth, and all that is in it, to us. The perspective indicates that the human race should fulfill God’s command to subdue and dominate the planet (Genesis 1:28). Doing so in good and right ways inspires believers to praise Him, worship Him, and love Him.
Outline the four points above (see circled numbers) using one word or phrase to describe each item:
The Bible says in Jeremiah 32:27, “Look, I am the Lord, the God over every creature. Is anything too difficult for Me?” We believe, therefore, that God can do anything and has done everything. He rejoices in His works. The psalmist recognized this: May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in His works. (Psalm 104:31)
God would have people rejoice in their works, too. This is not the same as hoping our works will save us – they won’t. We should do our work gladly as a gift to the Lord, not as to get to the Lord.
Science is not the exception. The study and work of science should be done for the Lord and not for men (Colossians 3:23). Other worldviews differ with the Biblical worldview of science. It’s a matter of the heart: a Spirit-filled life or an empty life.
Herschel Hobbs explained: The Bible may not tell a man all he wants to know but it does tell him all he needs to know about his moral duty and spiritual destiny.[i]
John MacArthur suggests that there are three perceptions of Scripture for scientists or in scientific study:
- “No book” approach – ignores the contribution of the Bible, assuming that it is either wrong or irrelevant.
- “Two book” approach – attempts to integrate two equal disciplines of science and theology, generally erring on the side of caution (or on the side of a higher standard than the Bible).
- “One book” approach – willingly and candidly acknowledges that the Bible is inerrant, infallible, authoritative, and sufficient.[ii]
He states that “For many scientists, confidence in man’s knowledge and pride in human accomplishments are the specific sins that obstruct their path to an acknowledgment of God.”
Here’s a glimpse of other worldviews of science (spec., biology):
- Biblical Christianity – creationism
- Islam – creationism
- Secular humanism – neo-Darwinian evolution
- Marxism/Leninism/Maoism – punctuated evolution
- Cosmic humanism – cosmic evolution
- Postmodernism – punctuated evolution[iii]