Imagine you’ve been sitting with DeMarcus at lunch. He talks about his science class a lot since it’s right before lunch. Everything DeMarcus has been hearing in science class is giving him second thoughts about his faith. “It just seems like everything I hear in science contradicts what I hear when I go to church or read my Bible.” What would you say to DeMarcus?
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?
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?
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