It seems like an odd statement to say, “God made science,” but it’s a necessary statement to make, because the church often acts as though he didn’t and that it is a devious force at odds with him. At times it even feels as though the church thinks Satan owns science, which is actually quite a blasphemous thought. Yet despite science being God’s creation, a 2015 Pew Research Study found that 30% of Americans think science conflicts with their own religious beliefs.
We have to understand that the material world we live in has a lot more going on in it than we are even aware of and that every time we learn a new thing about how existence works, we are not creating new blasphemies, but uncovering a piece of the brilliance of God. Discoveries shouldn’t leave us with our mouth aghast, but dive us deeper into the wonder of the creativity and the knowledge of the Father of all creation.
Scientific wonders are all around us. We are startled by the beauty of the earth and all of her inhabitants. And if we could grow to the size of the universe we’d see even more wonders, giving us a completely different view of everything we know and love. And if we shrunk down to the smallest height possible, existence would be entirely unrecognizable as we’d witness the basic elements of matter at play.
As we make new scientific discoveries, we have to realize that we are not looking into some kind of hocus-pocus or witchcraft, but rather that we are looking into the work of God himself. Therefore, the scare is not what we are finding in science, but whether our faith in God is strong enough to be able to know both God and his creation on that level; for when some Christians understand how well his creation works, they think he is no longer necessary to the puzzle and write him off as a superstitious element.
But for the Christian, the scientific puzzle doesn’t work without God. It is not a missing piece, but the finished image of the puzzle itself. To quote the elders surrounding God’s throne, “you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Rev 4:11). So as we approach the scientific puzzle with faith, we are actually more able to see the fuller image, for, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (He 11:3)—that is to say, that the Christian, in faith, is able to see the visible things around them as the product of the invisible God that made them. For that reason, the supernaturally-minded Christian is able to see nature a bit more clearly than others if they are open to her embrace.
This is an adapted excerpt from my book, Alien Theology.