This little word carries much weight. According to Webster’s Dictionary Online, “but” is “used to introduce a statement that adds something to a previous statement and usually contrasts with it in some way.” Note carefully that the main function for “but” is to show a contrast.
Now, I am grateful for God that He gave us language so that we are able to communicate and He can communicate with us. Yet, humans have taken this precious gift of language and used it too often to suppress the truth in their unrighteousness (Rom 1:18-20), as well as see their own wisdom as superior to God’s revealed word (1 Cor 1-2).
As I mentioned yesterday, this suppression of truth is dominantly found in claims that the Bible says __(enter sciencey statement)____, BUT science says different. What a horrible use of the priceless word “but”!!! Science and the Bible are not at odds. The Bible affirms sciencey things, though it is not exclusively about science.
So how should a Bible-believing Christian (is there another kind of true Christian?) respond to this “but”?
Yesterday I said I have two responses:
1) I want to see that “proof!” – meaning that some people just swallow claims without doing a little study. We need to not just take people’s word, but dig into their claims and find the truth.
2) God is the Creator – therefore God is the Creator of science and its discovered laws. So God’s understanding is over-and-above mankind’s claims. Also, when the Bible was written by the Holy Spirit, He took into account the science He created and made it accurate. So if science thinks they have discovered something contrary to the Bible, the Bible is the trump card because it is God’s revelation about the world and its workings, both spiritually and physically.
This then logically leads to response #3:
3) God claims that His Word is completely inerrant in all parts.
I am going to let God talk on this one.
Num 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie.”
2 Sam 7:28, “O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth.”
Psalm 12:6, “The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.”
Psalm 119:96, “I have seen a limit to all perfection; Your commandment is exceedingly broad.”
Prov 30:5, “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
Matt 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away”
Acts 24:14, “I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets.”
2 Tim 3:16, “all Scripture is God-breathed.”
Titus 1:2, “God, who cannot lie.”
Heb 6:18, “it is impossible for God to lie.”
Rom 15:4, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
Deut 4:2, “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”
Deut 12:32, “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.”
Rev 22:18-19, “ I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”
Oh by the way:
Lev 11:44, “For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.”
Eph 4:24, “put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
Eph 5:1, “be imitators of God.”
Summary: God cannot lie. His word is absolute truth. Adding or taking away from the truth found within God’s Word is an attack against God Himself and God will judge harshly. Finally, we are to follow God’s example of truthfulness and purity. If God has written error, these commands mean nothing.
4) Smarter, more sciencey people will tell you differently.
As I mentioned yesterday, due to these “the Bible BUT science” claims, many biblically based ministries have arisen to show the truthfulness of Scripture by studying the world in which we live.
The men and women who work hard in their ministries are from all fields of science and breakdown their discoveries in a simple, easy-to-understand for dolts like me. Please use them as a resource. Here are my favorites:
Institute for Creation Research (my absolute favorite sciencey, Bible-believing ministry. It is the first place I go for questions about science and the Bible. Also, I get their free magazine, Acts and Facts, every month. You need to know this ministry!!)
Answers In Genesis (more well-known than ICR. This ministry focuses mainly on the Genesis account, but still has many valuable resources for all ages.)
All I need to say about these two ministries is that these folks are waaaaaaaaaaay smarter than I am and they are Bible-believing Christians, so if they say (and prove) the Bible is accurate when it makes sciencey claims, I believe them.
5) I admit, it is an act of faith.
Finally, I think all Christians need to be honest and say, we don’t really know everything there is to know about science or how the world was created. We have come to know God (1 John 3:1) by faith in Jesus Christ (1 John 4:9-10) and therefore believe the word implanted within us (James 1:21) by the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27). It is then an act of faith on our part to say we believe in the absolute truth found within the Bible. I am comfortable with this claim and do not try to squeeze out of it.
Now a non-Christian or a Theistic Evolutionist might say, “See! You have no proof!” To that I would say, “neither to do. You also act on faith. You were not at the beginning of life. You do not know how the world was created. You don’t know if macro-evolution is true because it is unobservable. Therefore, you who trust that evolution is correct, believe as an act of faith.”
So maybe I am not so crazy, BUT I would rather put my trust in the God of the Bible who is the Creator (Gen 1:1; Isa 46:9-10), omniscient (Job 37:16; 1 John 3:20), and has “rescued [me] from the domain of darkness, and transferred [me] to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col 1:13) and taken me from ignorance to glorious illumination of His absolute, inerrant truth (Eph 1:17-19).