We live in an era that is saturated with skepticism. Some non-Christians are asking Christians tough questions. This makes it an exciting time to have the opportunity to give an answer to everyone who asks us the reason for the hope that is within us. But Scripture cautions us to do it with meekness … (1 Peter 3:15). This means that we can engage in conversations with people who challenge or want to know more about what we believe with respect. Using evidence of fulfilled prophecy as well as the personal claims of the Lord Jesus; who He said He was, and the reliable accounts of the Gospels, we can show that Christianity is true. Similarly, by being familiar with elementary scientific theories and worldviews, and by observing nature we can engage in a productive discussion with scientists, and show them that natural and physical laws actually lead to God. But we must also remember that the Holy Spirit is the ultimate teacher, the Source of wisdom in these conversations.
What is ironic is that, it is becoming more and more apparent that God has used scientific laws to reveal and describe what He has already done in our universe. Science focuses on patterns and laws in the universe that demonstrate God’s careful design and creative genius and His desire to communicate with us through it. Religion deals with the spiritual needs and realities of mankind, and the Bible is the Christian’s guide in seeking redemptive truth. Science and religion, therefore, seem to be two sides of the same coin-pointing us to our Creator. Science has facilitated God’s communication with us, somewhat, by tapping into the laws which our God made to govern and sustain life in our universe, and making them known to mankind. Galileo Galilei once remarked in 1623 that “The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.” Of course, there are some outlandish and bizarre scientific theories such as Darwin’s theory of natural selection, which Christians reject out rightly as fallacious, to say the least. But, surprisingly enough scientists, like Christians, are also questioning the plausibility of Darwin’s theory because of the failure of science to comprehensively provide tenable explanations for the origin of the incredible complexity of life as we know it. Another theory of contention between Christians and scientists has been the Big Bang theory. But the tables have turned on this theory in favor of Christians. What is even more astonishing is what physicist Steven Ball says about the theory of the Big Bang in his article, A Christian Physicist Examines the Big Bang Theory. Ball asserts that this theory has “become one of the strongest testimonies to the validity of the biblical account of creation, since it clearly confirms that our universe had a beginning, as described in Genesis 1, in which the cause of it is outside of the physical realm we observe. It is remarkable that the observations have allowed us to trace the record of our universe back to this beginning point.” Further, it is argued that all matter, space and time were all created during this single spectacular event. As such, creation, God’s divine work, continues to be a mystery that eludes scientists. Here is an interesting observation by a scientist, Robert Jastrow, in his book, God and the Astronomers, “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story [of creation] ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” Additionally, the discovery of the fact that our universe is bathed with a background of microwave radiation much similar to the kind of radiation in our domestic microwaves has further demonstrated that our universe had a beginning as stated in Scripture and the scientific community has no alternative but to accept what this evidence says about the beginning of our universe. It is true what they say, that truth has a way of defending itself.