“As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.”
– Proverbs 25:20
If you’ve been around for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard that “science and God just can’t go together. The Bible does not prove science, and science does not prove the Bible, and if you think that they do, you’re a nutcase and certainly not a scientist (or educated, for that matter).” In the New Scientist, a Physics Nobel Prize winner, Stephen Weinberg, stated that “[t]he world needs to wake up from the long nightmare of religion. Anything we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done and may in fact be our greatest contribution to civilisation.” (1).
I’m going to give a brief comment on Mr. Weinberg’s statement on needing “to wake up from the long nightmare of religion.” (1) He’s saying that science and religion cannot go together – that they’re totally separate. But what is religion? Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines religion as “[a]ny system of faith and worship. In this sense religion comprehends the belief and worship of pagans and Mohammedans, as well as of christians; any religion consisting in the belief of a superior power or powers governing the world, and in the worship of such power or powers.” (2) By this very definition, science itself is a religion. Mother Nature (which I’m sure you have heard numerous times) is the power that many scientists believe govern the world around us. School systems and universities are declaring that science is believable and that God isn’t.
God created science, just as He created the world around us. In the Bible, we see that leaven (yeast) is needed to make bread rise, and in Genesis, we see the logical order of creation. Science says that dinosaurs and man did not live together (3), while Genesis 1:24-31 says that God created land animals and men on the same day. Since dinosaurs were land animals, it only makes sense that they were made on that day, too. Job 40:15-24 even describes a land animal called behemoth, which sounds a lot like a dinosaur with a “tail like a cedar” (I have heard some people say that behemoth was just a hippo, but the last time I checked, their tails didn’t look as big as cedar trees).
I picked Proverbs 25:20 this week because of its description of a science experiment. Look at the “vinegar upon nitre” part. What is nitre? Nitre is baking soda. I would highly suggest doing this outside, but mix vinegar and baking soda together and watch what happens.
Science is in the Bible, and they do go hand in hand. You can be a Christian and a scientist, even though the world doesn’t think it’s possible. Science is clearly written in the Bible. If you want to go more in-depth, (obviously, read your Bible), but feel free to check out Answers in Genesis’ website at www.answersingenesis.org.
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- New Scientist, Issue 2578, November 18, 2006.
- Webster, Noah. “American Dictionary of the English Language”. 1828. http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/religion (accessed June 1, 2020)
- USGS. “Did people and dinosaurs live at the same time?” https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/did-people-and-dinosaurs-live-same-time?qt-news_science_products=0#qt-news_science_products (accessed June 1, 2020)
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.