Saturday, July 20, 2013

Can Science Prove God?

Would we want a god that can be proven by our manipulations?
Admittedly, I am just as reinforced as the next believer when a new finding shows Jesus' footprints or the ark's presence or the parting of the waters, but if none of those could be traced, would I fall with Thomas wanting to place my finger in the wounds of Christ? Would I refuse my Savior for the want of scientific construct?
With faith buffeted by erudite scholars as a path for the naive and intellectually lackluster masses, I turn to science to defend my position. I find justification. The creation clearly points to a Creator. Nature, beautiful, strong, fierce and wild beyond reason, hints at the fathomless character of God, but clever and beguiling as nature may be, it is not God.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Referring to the last line above, not that we shouldn't learn as much as we can about God, but if we simply learn about God we do not further the Kingdom, and most importantly we do not follow the greatest command by increasing our closeness to Him that made us, called us, loved us so much that He, God with us, died for us to redeem us, to reconcile us to HIm. Our science may be logical, precise, accurate and stern, in may reveal our natural world, but it will always be called by man, even in the image of God, but not God. We cannot prove God using our science. We can never fit Him into our box.
We may defend ourselves with clever argument or even evidence when facing an unbeliever, but this is more fruitless than faithful. Our best and clearest choice becomes love in the face of ridicule and humility/charity over dissonance.
I heard a message preached some time ago, I believe it concerned the fruit of the Spirit we call faithfulness. Pastor Stephen asked, where is your faith when science fails to prove? If a god exists only because I have proved him, he is no god but an image I have made to buoy my argument and mask my fear.
Can science prove God? Yes and no.
Thanks for reading.

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