Science and God

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I’ve heard many people talk about science vs. creationism, especially since the debate with Bill Nye and Ken Ham. I must admit I have not watched the debate but I’ve seen the reaction to it. In my opinion the debate seemed pointless. Science deals in facts and evidence but faith (which is the driving force to all religions) doesn’t rely on facts or evidence. People have faith despite not having evidence. I am a Christian and I have seen God working in my life and in others’ lives. I try to live a holy life so one day I can see my creator and hear him say that I did a good job and welcome to heaven. I believe everyone is invited to go there but not everyone has chosen to RSVP yet.

Even though I believe in God I also believe science can tell us a lot too. God is the “why” in the equation and science is the “how.” Why was the Earth created? Because God made it. How was it created? This is where science takes over. Science doesn’t necessarily disprove that God exists just like believing in God doesn’t disprove what scientific evidence shows us. It all works together. There are some theories in science that I think aren’t accurate but I’m not going to go into those now. Not everyone believes in God’s existence and while I pray they do one day I believe science can’t disprove his existence either. Believing in God is beyond fact because it is faith based.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

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Greatest Commandment

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I remember when I asked my mom if I was a Christian when I was a small girl. She said I am if I love Jesus and I accept him into my heart. I said I do and that means I’m a Christian! But what does it mean to truly love God? In Matthew, Jesus tells us we are to love God with all of our heart, all of of our soul, and all of our mind. (Matthew 22:36-40, NIV)

But what exactly is love and how can we love with all of our heart, soul, and mind? Paul wrote to the Corinthians about love.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV)

I don’t know about everyone else but love sounds a lot like a definition of God to me. Let’s replace the word “love” with God and “it” with He.

God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.

So God is love! If we have faith that God exists and that he sent his son Jesus to die on a cruel cross for remission of our sins then we see a true example of what love is. When Jesus was on Earth he was kind, humble, and self-sacrificing. He showed us what love is. So if Jesus showed us what love is then we should follow his example of love to in turn love him. Does that sound confusing? Jesus gave everything so that we could have eternal life. So if we gave up our selfish ways and followed him then we are truly loving God as we are meant to. To truly love God is the greatest commandment.