In the modern, scientific world there seems to be a conflict between science and religion. Many people today think the Bible can’t be trusted because it explains that God created everything but modern science says natural events, like evolution, created life, the universe and everything in it. If a natural process of evolution is really what started life then the Bible is wrong and cannot be trusted because the Bible says “God created the heavens and the earth.”
Understanding how the universe was made and how life came to be on Earth is really the key to knowing if God is real or not. The Bible explains that what may be known about the real God can be known from what was created. In fact, it even says that every human being knows, deep down, that God is real because of what was made.
Romans 1: 19 NLT
For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. The result was that their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people, or birds and animals and snakes. 24 So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. Amen.
The word “science” itself just means knowledge. Scientists watch the natural world, describe what they observe and use experiments to try to figure out how things work. The more scientists observe the natural world the more they see how natural things like chemistry cannot explain how life began. Only a powerful being who is bigger than chemistry and not held back by time can really explain the universe.
For example, the is evidence is very compelling that the universe had a beginning. Albert Einstein explained this in a theory called “the General Theory of Relativity”. This theory seems to fit with what we see in the universe. Scientists also see that the universe is stretching out or expanding. This means that at some time in the past all of the energy in the universe was in one place and stretched out from there. Many scientists think this beginning place was very small, maybe as small as an atom, and then expanded outward after an explosion they call “The Big Bang.” Both Relativity and the Big Bang idea explain that the universe had a beginning. Even scientists who try to explain the universe in other ways admit that the evidence we see today tells us the universe had a beginning.
This is important because if the universe had a beginning that means everything had to come…from nothing![i]. Scientists, of course, cannot explain by any natural law or process how material things (matter) and energy could come from nothing but the evidence remains very strong that the universe had a beginning.
The Bible also says the universe had a beginning in an explosion of light energy when God created light out of nothing. This fits the scientific evidence that the universe had a sudden beginning out of nothing.
Genesis 1: 3 (KJV)
And God said, “Let there be light; and there was light.”
The Bible also teaches us that God “stretched out” the heavens. This fits the evidence that the universe is stretching out or expanding as we see it today.
Isaiah 40: 22 (NKJV)
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
Scientists also know that life is very special. It is much more than just chemistry. We now know that every life-form is built from a complicated set of instructions we find today in DNA and proteins[ii]. These instructions are very precise. They are actually a code, very much like a computer code or the blueprints for a complicated machine. The information we find in the DNA code and in proteins is also very specific and very complicated. This information tells the cell how to build all the protein building blocks that make living things function. Without the code there would be no life.
The problem for people who don’t believe in God is that the special information we find in DNA codes and proteins cannot be explained just with chemistry. Regular chemistry cannot build specific and complicated blueprints with digital, coded information. Experiments prove that random chance or chemistry cannot ever build this kind of information[iii]. In fact, we only know of one thing in the entire universe that can build things like computer codes and blueprints – intelligent minds. This fact isn’t just an opinion or a religious concept – it is what scientific experiments have confirmed in every case. Digital, specific, coded information has never been observed to come from a random or chemical source. In the same way, the complicated, digital, specific, coded information we see in DNA and proteins can only be explained by a super-intelligence that is able to create and use chemistry.
Scientists cannot explain how life could have started with just chemistry and natural laws. The Bible tells us that God is real and that He created the heavens and the earth. The Bible’s description of creation and the nature of God fits with the facts of science. It is from what has been made that we can know that God is real.
[i] Strobel, Lee The Case for a Creator. Quoting Dr. Stephen Meyer, p. 77 “…the new cosmology – the Big Bang theory and its accompanying theoretical underpinning in general relativity. These two theories now point to a definite beginning of the universe. The fact that most scientists now believe that energy, matter, space, and time had a beginning is profoundly antimaterialistic.”
[ii] Ibid p. 78 “Life at its root requires information, which is stored in DNA and protein molecules.”
[iii] Meyer, Stephen. Signature in the Cell p. 467 “Further, since self-organizational affinities fail to explain the sequential arrangements of DNA base sequences generally, they do nothing to account for even more sophisticated forms of sequencing (i.e., those involving dual messaging) in the genome. Instead, this form of encryption seems to point decisively to design, because the use of such encryption techniques are, based upon our experience, the sole province of intelligent agents. We know of no other cause of this effect. The evidence of sophisticated encryption techniques within the genome thus constitutes another distinctive diagnostic – or signature – of intelligence in the cell.”