By Rev. Dr. Tommy Davis
Perhaps the most challenging field of study for the Christian is in the area of science. The prevailing outlooks in the scientific arena pose a risk to those who are not grounded in the Word of God. Many contemporary secular scientists who do not regard the biblical account as truth often contend that the truly educated scientist will not accept the biblical report of creation. They also decree that science and the Scriptures are in conflict.
Over the years as scientific disciplines began to move from observation to assumptions, the theological impact was revealing itself in the church when ministers began to teach in a manner in an attempt to appease the intellectual establishment. The naturalists endeavor to explain our present universe with all its intricacies without divine intervention may lead some to cast doubt on the written revelation —the Bible—and usually precede suspicion regarding the Person of Christ.
The effort to exclude God from His cosmic phenomenon have caused a serious error in the visible church. However, some Bible-believing scientists remained as trailblazers to those believers who depend on the Word of God.
Robert Boyle (1627-1691), the father of modern chemistry, was a Bible-believing scientist as was Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) who penned the laws of thermodynamics. These men understood that true science and the Scriptures are compatible, while assumptions may conflict with the biblical testimony.
The incorrect knowledge of science has led some professed Christians to base their racist ideas on these assumptions. Evolutionary influence upheld racism within the churches.
Thomas Huxley (1825-1895), a British biologist, was a devoted evolutionist and well respected scholar of his time. Perhaps no other “collection of dust” have mushroomed the evolutionary theory. Shortly after slavery was abolished in America, Huxley wrote:
“No rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average Negro is the equal, still less the superior, of the white man. And if this be true, it is simply incredible that, when all his disabilities are removed, and our prognathous relative has a fair field and no favour, as well as no oppressor, he will be able to compete successfully with his bigger-brained and smaller-jawed rival, in a contest which is to be carried out by thoughts and not by bites.”1
Nominal Christians who put more trust in the creature (man) rather than the Creator believed Huxley’s cosmology. Before Huxley’s outlook was published, a European missionary named Henry Townsend who went to Africa opposed the ordination of a black Bishop. Mr. Townsend said, “The superiority of the white over the black man, the Negro has been forward to acknowledge. The correctness of this belief no white man can deny.” 2
When the Church of England appointed Samuel Crowther as the first West African bishop on June 29, 1864, the missionary further stated: “There is one other view that we must not lose sight of, viz., that as the Negro feels a great respect for a white man, that God kindly gives a great talent to the white man in trust to be used for the Negro’s good. Shall we shift the responsibility? Can we do it without sin?”. 2
Having his theology saturated with evolutionary dogma (believing in the ‘lower races’), was the sponsorship of a position not supported by Scripture. This viewpoint served as a launch for the liberal Democratic Party who believes that African-Americans cannot survive without government programs sponsored by white liberals in positions of authority. A true scientific journey always arrives at a loyal biblical position.
When science is incorporated in an effort to decrease the misery of man with the use of medicines, one may find encouragement; and when knowledge is applied to make life easier through the use of technology, this is confirmation that we have dominion over the lower order of God’s creation —-namely, the earth, plants and animals. Science, rightly applied, finds comfort in the Word of God.
Blaise Pascal (b.1623-1662) a French mathematician, physicist and theologian, expressed that the Christian’s God does not consist merely of a God who is author of the order of elements and mathematical truths. Pascal understood that he was serving a God of love and consolation. Pascal paved the way for the modern computer by conceiving the calculating machine.
Civilization has benefited from the scientific achievements, but we must be aware of the leaven that often permeates controlled conclusions. If we are not careful, the student of the Word of God may imbibe a worldview totally in contrast with Scripture.
The skillsman, whose mind has been shaped by the presence of the Holy Spirit, will make use of true scientific conclusions. Such hermeneutical ability will harmonize the sacred text and shed light on contemporary trends that sustains the reality of the Lordship of Christ.
Biologists tell us that Oysters produce pearls because of being wounded. The Oyster’s internal reaction by utilizing inherent chemicals to repair the damage produces a pearl. Theologically, through trials, the Christian grows into a more mature relationship with Christ. Christ was even “wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5).
The Oyster confirms that when external events in our lives offend us in some physical or spiritual way, there is a repair process already present. All we have to do is utilize it. The end result will be a life that glorifies God — a pearl of great price.
Scientists also tell us that the water molecule is polar as opposed to linear. Such molecule is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Since the water molecule is shaped like a “V”, it has a positive end made up of two hydrogen atoms, and a negative end (oxygen atom).
This composition causes each end to be attracted to one another resulting in a weak bond. The tightly compacted molecules make water dense in its liquid form. Compacting would not occur if this molecule were not polar.
Dissimilar to other matter, when water drops to freezing, the bond changes to hexagonal which causes a volume increase so that the solid form of water is less dense. This will cause ice to float rather than sink. Theologically, we must consider the water molecule as an act of mercy. If ice were to sink, all our lakes, rivers and seas would freeze—thus eliminating all marine life.
After the flood, God declared: “While the earth remained, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).
When the Ice Age began after the Great Flood (repeat winters), life could not have continued long after if ice did not float since water is the central ingredient that sustains natural life. Without it, plants cannot grow, and humans along with the animal kingdom would starve. Therefore, God made ice to float, thereby allowing nature to replenish through the use of water.
Lastly, everything reflects the acumen of an Intelligent Designer namely, all three members of the Trinity that make up One God. All intellectuals in this field should agree with the Psalmist: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which thou has ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visiteth him” (Psalm 8:3-4).
1. Huxley, Thomas: Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews (New York, Appleton, 1871) p.20
2. Olson, Ted. “Bishop Before His Time.” Christian History 2003 p. 13-15