Is Science Superior?
Christianity is the foundation science was built on.
HUMANIST'S CLAIM IS: And Humanists esteem highly
those who study this world and provide a better understanding of it. Unlike the
theologians who focus on influencing supposed supernatural powers, persons using
a scientific outlook have enabled great progress to be made in reducing misery
and increasing happiness.
The question at the top of the page is,
"Does the Bible teach false science?" That's a valid question
and on the next few pages we'll be looking at claims that the science in the Bible
is not accurate.
But, shouldn't we also look at the other side of the coin?
Is what humanist teach about Christianity true or false? And the answer is: some
of what they teach about Christianity is false. The above claim, quoted directly
from the humanist web site, shows astounding ignorance about Christianity. Of
course, we know that -- as scripture teaches -- humanists are unable to understand
the Bible... they are blind guides leading the blind.
What's the problem?
The statement that "theologians focus on influencing
supposed supernatural powers." That simply is not true. Christian
theologians study God (through scripture) so as to know God better and so that,
by knowing Him better, we can be more closely become like our Lord and Savior
Yes, we do pray... even theologians pray... if prayer is
what the humanist is referring to. But, the objective of prayer is not "influencing
supernatural powers." That's a description of what the Greeks and Romans (and
other ancient cultures) felt they had to do. Their "gods" were capricious,
arbitrary, and uncaring when it came to humanity. Their fictional gods supposedly
needed to be conjoled, bribed, tricked, begged, or in some other way convinced
to do what some human wanted them to do. And you still never knew for sure what
they would do.
What Is The Purpose of Prayer?
Prayer has one purpose
only... to glorify God. I'll let John MacArthur explain as he talks about the
Lord's prayer in a November 1979 sermon:
in this prayer, beloved, seeks to glorify God, seeks to lift up his name, seeks
to exalt his holiness. And I would just tell you right now thats the purpose
of all prayer. If you think prayer is for you, youve missed the point.
glory is the issue. So when you pray get it in mind youre not informing
God, he already knows everything. Youre not forcing God, youre not
badgering God, youre not irritating him, youre not conning him. What
youre doing is submitting to his sovereignty.
thats the affirmation of the disciples prayer. Thats the way
we want to look at it. It begins with, Our Father who art in heaven,
adoring God. It ends with, For thine is the kingdom, the power, the glory
forever, adoring God again. In the middle, everything in it is about
Our Father who art in heaven, thats
Gods paternity. Hallowed be thy name, thats Gods
priority. Thy kingdom come, thats Gods program. Thy
will be done, thats Gods purpose. Give us this day our
daily bread, thats Gods provision. And, forgive us our
debts, thats Gods pardon. And lead us not into temptation,
thats Gods protection. And, thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory forever, thats Gods preeminence. And all prayer,
Jesus is saying, is not to stand in the streets, and the corners of the streets
to pray to be heard by men, to get glory for yourself, but all prayer is by absolute
contrast to bring glory to God.
Quoted from the sermon: The
Purpose of Prayer by John MacArthur. https://tinyurl.com/yb9y3nm2
you see, to make the statement he has made, the humanist has no understanding
of this aspect of Christianity nor of Biblical prayer. But, what about the claim
that "persons using a scientific outlook have
enabled great progress?"
I've written about this on previous
for example. But, let's take a look at it from another angle: the fact that
the rise of science could not have happened without Christianity. The following
is based on information in an
article by Eric V. Snow, titled:
Christianity: A Cause of Modern Science?
historiography of science has still to face up honestly to the problem of why
three great ancient cultures (China, India, and Egypt) display, independently
of one another, a similar pattern vis-a-vis science. The pattern is the stillbirth
of science in each of them in spite of the availability of talents, social organization,
and peacethe standard explanatory devices furnished by all-knowing sociologies
of science on which that historiography relies ever more heavily. - Stanley
Jaki, The Savior of Science (Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway, 1988), page 35
hard facts of history, as found in the writings of Duhem, Jaki, and Merton, destroy
the common claim of evolutionists that Christianity and science are necessarily
incompatible. Much like how German sociologist Max Weber attributed the rise of
capitalism to Protestantism's values, Merton's thesis maintains that the values
of English Puritanism promoted scientific work. More significantly, Duhem and
Jaki's research insists that the philosophical beliefs of Christianity had to
drive out the anti-scientific conceptions of paganism in order for science to
be born. Far from man's mind, the beliefs of the Bible ultimately freed him from
the pagan dogmas that prevented the expression of his reason through a self-sustaining
science. - Eric
V. Snow, "Christianity: A Cause of Modern Science
was the Bible that freed people from pagan dogma and led to the rise of science
and the scientific method in Europe. So, while the humanist is right, advances
in science resulted in huge benefits for people, those advances were only possible
because of the foundation provided by Christianity.
Humanists are not telling the complete story. They leave out the fact that it
was Christianity that provided the foundation upon which modern science and the
scientific method were built.
The next humanist claim:
The Bible teaches a Stationary Earth as the Center
of the Universe
An erroneous Bible teaching
caused Christian theologians to oppose Galileos proof that the earth rotates
on its axis and revolves around the sun. In the sixteenth century, Copernicus
proposed this theory about the double motion of the earth. In the following century,
Galileos telescope proved that Copernicus had been right.
oppose the Copernican doctrine and show that the earth remains stationary while
the sun moves around it, the Catholic Church pointed to the tenth chapter of the
book of Joshua [according to Andrew White]. There we are told that Joshua, in
order to have a longer period of daylight in which to carry out the Lords
command to slaughter the Amorites, ordered the sun to stand still not the
Is this true? Does the Bible teach the earth was stationary and at
the center of the universe? Click here
to get the answer.