*WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Imagine you’ve been sitting with DeMarcus. He talks about his classes a lot. Everything DeMarcus has been hearing in his classes is giving him second thoughts about his faith. “It just seems like some of the things I hear in my classes contradict what I hear when I go to church or read my Bible.” What would you say to DeMarcus?
WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT THIS?
1. Read Psalm 19:1–6. Some may see our huge universe as pointless and without purpose. What does verse 1 say about God’s purpose for the heavens, the sky, and the rest of creation?
2. Think about how vast the universe is (at least 100 billion galaxies with some like our Milky Way galaxy having 300 billion stars, according to skyandtelescope.com). Or consider how intricate the human body is (about 37 trillion cells, according to smithsonianmag.com). Some would argue it’s possible these things are the result of random chance. But how do you think the writer of Psalm 19 would explain these things?
3. Verses 2–3 say there’s no speech or words, but their voice goes out through all the earth. What do you think this means?
4. Verses 4–6 say the sun has an “excitement” about going through the sky each day to show off God’s awesomeness. It’s like a new husband jumping out of bed the morning after his honeymoon starts. What does this tell you about the way God has built his creation?
5. Read Psalm 19:7–9. What do these verses say about the truth of God’s word?
6. How are God’s creation and God’s word similar?
HOW DO WE APPLY THIS TO OUR LIVES?
7. Based on these verses, how do God’s creation and his word relate?
8. How do you think the writer of verses 7–9 would encourage us to handle it when there’s a conflict between his word and what science suggests?
9. How does good interpretation of the Bible and a good understanding of the scientific method help resolve some conflicts between Christianity and science?
10. Read Matthew 24:35. How does the relationship between science and Christianity ultimately depend on our view of Jesus and our trust in him?
*For additional input on the relationship between Christianity and science, check out the following from EveryStudent.com:
- “Is There a God?” (http://www.everystudent.com/features/isthere.html), which shows how discoveries from science point to God’s existence.
- “Is God Real?” (http://www.everystudent.com/wires/Godreal.html), which shows how the DNA code points to God’s reality.
- “Did God Create the Universe?” (http://www.everystudent.com/wires/universe.html), which discusses the relationship between biblical and scientific claims about the beginning of the universe.
- “Scientists Baffled by Laws of Nature” (http://www.everystudent.com/wires/organized.html), which explores the laws of nature and how they point to God’s existence.
- “How Could Adam be the First Human?” (http://www.everystudent.com/forum/first.html), which gives biblical perspective on our earliest ancestors.
- “Did God Create the Universe in Six Days?” (http://www.everystudent.com/wires/sixdays.html), which explores the apparent tension between scientific claims that the universe is billions of years old and the biblical claim that God created the world in six days.
Here are a few science books for Christians who are trying to understand how science fits into a framework of the faith.
Books by Dr. Stephen Meyer et al.:
-Signature in the Cell: DNA and the evidence for Intelligent Design
-Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design
-Darwinism, Design, and Public Education
Books by John Lennox:
Seven days that divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science
Website for Center for Science and Discovery:
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