Kitties!…And Faith and Reason
by Rachel Marron
I usually include a cute lead in right about here, but I could not think of anything. So, instead you get standard Internet kitty picture along with four observations about faith and reason.
1. People of faith need their hearts and their heads. Christians make Christ known to the world. The day-to-day interactions we have with people will determine how others perceive Jesus and while it’s good to be known for our love, ignorance never makes anyone, even Jesus, look good.
Christians profess a dead God-man came back to life. By any standard, that is a strange belief that people will not embrace lightly, so we have to be ready to clarify it (Luke 14:25-34).
The problem is too many of us have ‘faith’ we ‘just can’t explain.’ But biblical faith is not one based on feelings, which can deceive, but rather revealed truth. Muslims, Buddhists, and atheists all have feelings and experiences guiding them. And they aren’t alone: many Christians let feelings determine how they perceive what is true. Even some of the boldest Christians grow timid when discussing evolution.
People who do not ask tough questions and process those answers find themselves helpless when unfavorable circumstances come. They can be confused by unfriendly worldviews, and unequipped to engage a culture that is hostile to Christianity. In order to speak truth to others and ourselves, we must understand the foundation our faith (1 Peter 3:15).
2. Science cannot disprove (or prove) God. ‘Science’ is a word that has lost its meaning, much like ‘literally’ or ‘ironic,’ due to our culture’s improper usage. As a result, science now means anything associated with fact. But that’s not the classic definition of the word.
If you recall back to 7th grade, science requires a hypothesis, which must be tested, observed, evaluated, and repeated until it can be accepted or rejected.
Science can obviously explain a lot. Yet, there areas that science cannot address. For example, anything that cannot be observed is not ‘scientific’ (this is why history is not housed next to chemistry and biology on college campuses). Anything that cannot be repeated is not ‘scientific’ (sorry political ‘scientists’). We can use aspects of the scientific model in those subjects, making them ‘soft sciences,’ but they are not the same as the real ‘sciences’.
However, we can use reason or logical arguments to discuss truths that are not scientifically observable…
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