Do the Bible and Science Mix?
Scientific principles learned in the Bible have led to countless scientific discoveries and saved millions of lives. It’s true. Without the Bible, we would never have the blessings of modern science.
Isaac Newton became one of the greatest scientists in history because he learned from the Bible to look for intelligence and order in the handiwork of the Creator. Louis Pasteur knew from the Bible that life could not come from non-life. After all, he said, the Bible teaches that God is the Creator and author of life. Pasteur’s scientific work laid the foundations for modern medicine and new techniques for storing food – both of which have saved millions of lives.
In the 19th century, Matthew Maury, the father of the science of oceanography, read in Psalm 8:8 that there are paths in the sea. Taking God at His word, Maury went on to discover the great sea currents that span the globe and nourish most of the oceans’ life. He wrote: “The Bible, they say, was not written for scientific purposes, and therefore is no authority in matters of science. I beg pardon! The Bible is authority for everything it touches. The agents concerned in the physical economy of our planets are ministers of Him who made it and the Bible.”
God has given us the Bible to make us wise unto salvation. But to paraphrase Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, if the Bible tells us about earthly things and we don’t believe it, how shall we be able to believe the Bible when it tells us about heavenly things?