What do these men have in common: Isaac Newton, Werner von Braun, Louis Pasteur, Francis Bacon, Charles Babbage, Carolus Linnaeus, Raymond Damadian, Johann Kepler, Lord Kelvin, Gregor Mendel, Louis Agassiz, Samuel F. B. Morse? They were all scientists who made significant contributions to science. But they have something else in common. They were also believers in Jesus Christ.
That shouldn’t be so surprising, but people continue to presume that faith and reason are incompatible, that belief in Jesus Christ is only for the ignorant. For instance, a recent challenge came from champion poker-player and outspoken atheist, David Sklansky, wagering $50,000 that no one of Christian faith could beat his SAT score. However, within a day, someone accepted the challenge: Ken Jennings – the Jeopardy champion who holds the record 74-episode winning streak, who is also a devout Mormon.
The fact is that historically, most scientists in past centuries were also believers in God who saw no conflict between faith and reason. And as the knowledge on life’s complexity continues to grow, so does the number of non-Darwinian scientists. Proverbs 1:7 reminds us that “Reverence for the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” What better starting point in our quest to understand the creation can there be than to know the Creator. Dr. George Washington Carver put it this way: “The secret to my success? It is this: ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not on thine own understand, and in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.’” (Quote from Proverbs 3:5-6)
Dear Lord, open my eyes and my understanding to see Your signature on all of nature and Your imprint on every person. Strengthen my faith and my reasoning powers, I pray. Amen.
You do not need to face this challenge alone. Jesus has conquered this challenge so that you can move from your present situation to a life of overcoming. Invite him to lead you in your journey. He will forgive, comfort, and heal you.
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