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Why Would Science Fear God? 12/07/2007

Expelled - The Movie

An upcoming movie exposes the forces of Darwinism loose in our society. (WATCH MOVIE TRAILER)

This week I was privileged to view an advanced screening of the powerful documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. In it, the writer/economist/actor Ben Stein examines the struggle within the scientific community to exclude God from any debate or study regarding the origin of life. Though this sounds like a matter for scientists, it has tremendous implications in the education system, medicine, social arena and the courts. The fallout from this debate affects our views on a wide range of daily issues, from abortion and euthanasia to finances and freedom itself. When it opens in theaters next spring, I encourage everyone to see this provocative and revealing film.

The filmmakers examine how atheists and Darwinists seek to draw battle lines between those who believe in God and those who believe in science, as if the two are mutually exclusive. Aside from the many historic examples of scientists working in conjunction or with the blessing of the church, it is important to avoid being entrapped by this false alignment of beliefs in modern times.

Certainly, there have been religious personalities and institutions that have set themselves at odds with certain aspects of science. These fall into two groups: those who mistakenly fear something that challenges their beliefs and those who rightly oppose an immoral use of scientific knowledge.

For example, when geologists suggest that the earth may be billions of years older than the traditional religious timeline of 6,000 years, we must not view that as a threat. Instead, we must push the issue further, asking science to validate their claims while asking theologians to consider the issue. Of course, none of us actually know, since none of us witness creation, and the Bible does not specifically state the age of the earth. But while science continues to learn through its process of trial-and-error, we can ask things like, "Did God create the earth 'aged' as he apparently did with mankind? Or do the six 'days' of creation represent time periods rather than 24-hour days?"

Those who know Jesus Christ understand that truth withstands debate. There is no question too big for God and no argument that can disprove the fact that He rules over all the universe. Obviously, there are some theological questions to which we probably will not know the answers in this lifetime, just as there are questions of science which we never know, but there is no reason to avoid or fear questions. The Bible is full of questions, though God Almighty reserves the right to ask the toughest questions of all, as when he asked Job, "Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this. What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?"

Among men, Christians have no place for the fear of debate. Even when we feel inadequate to answer other people's questions, we can rely on the Lord to be strong. If we surrender our will to His and lift Him up with our lives, he promises to draw people to him. We need not be the judge or the defending lawyer. We only need to be witnesses, telling what we've seen in our lives and in the lives of others.

On the issues of science, however, that devalue life, we must not be silent in our opposition. When those who reject God attempt to use a scientific argument to justify research, abortion, euthanasia, genocide or any other activity that kills, steals or destroys life, we must recognize that it is not science at work, but rather the enemy of life itself. On these issues, we should never compromise.

If the litmus test for scientific credibility is atheism and any inquiry into intelligent design is expelled, what intelligence is left? Again, truth withstands debate. There is no reason to fear open and honest exploration!

We can seek to unlock the mysteries of the universe and of our lives on this earth, but we must acknowledge and respect the One who created it all. He holds the answers and he can withstand our questions. If we approach our quest for knowledge with a proper respect for God, I believe that He will continue to show us things to enrich our lives. And He can do it through every branch of science.


Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net

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