Forced to choose between the sacred and science, secularists turn to science, while Christians turn to God. Each perspective has its critics because each requires a certain level of faith. Even science isn’t absolute. Disproven theories that have stood for hundreds of years abound as we learn more about the universe.
For example, although some Christians deny the big bang theory, in the last part of the twentieth century, certain religious and scientific communities have concluded that intelligent design—that is God—was instrumental in the causation of the big bang. The thought is that without intelligent design, the universe would have disintegrated along with any potential for life after the bang.
We don’t have all the facts concerning creation, and even if we did, our understanding would be insufficient, diverse, and provocative to those who disagree. Bang or not, God intelligently designed our universe in ways that are incomprehensible to the human mind. In Hebrews we read, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3).
Furthermore, God doesn’t have to prove anything to us. And he doesn’t need our help to reveal himself in mysterious ways.
Some uninformed and vulnerable Christians believe in secularist ideas. For example, many Christians unintentionally exclude original sin (everyone is born a sinner) from their faith, because they choose to believe in the basic goodness of people. That is a happier, more enjoyable way to look at the world, but it doesn’t explain the depravity in the world.
Happiness and enjoyment are emotional states framed by circumstances. When we are happily married, we are ecstatic, but the moment we learn our spouse is having an affair with our best friend, we are devastated. To amplify the point I’m making, if a parent hasn’t experienced the senseless murder of their child, they can certainly view people as basically good. On the other hand, the parent placing a single rose on top of a small coffin sees the depravity of people for the rest of their lives.
Further, secularists dismiss the spirit world, reject miracles, and ignore the fact that all good things come from God. Still, their question of why God allows bad things to happen is understandable. However, when people who rely on their faith suffer loss and tragedy, instead of blaming God, they hunker down and lean into their faith to see them through.
Next week: How Humanity Acts and Reacts to Events in Their Lives
Please note: This post and some future posts are excerpts from my book, Calming the Chaos
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