As we embark on this journey of looking into the Word of God as well as into science for answers, we must ask ourselves the question: “Is faith opposed to reason?” or “Is the Bible opposed to science?”
Not at all. The joyful answer is “It is faith AND reason!”; It is the Bible AND science!” Faith and reason are not contrary; the Bible and science are not contrary, because Christianity is an intelligent faith. We need both our heart for faith and our mind for reasoning. We need the Bible to understand God’s revelation to us; science and history confirm the truth of God’s Word again and again.
Josh McDowell in his classic book, More Than a Carpenter (page 40), says, “I don’t know about the reader, but my heart can’t rejoice in what my mind has rejected.” We cannot truly have faith in our heart if we are not convinced that what we believe in our mind is true. On the same page, Josh also states that, “Never has an individual been called upon to commit intellectual suicide in trusting Christ as Savior and Lord.”
Josh should know. He set out on a quest to disprove Christianity. However, he found that the person of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the claims of Christianity were historically true. It was all based on evidence! He finally chose to trust in Jesus Christ himself, and that decision powerfully changed his life for good. His testimony is in the final chapter of More Than a Carpenter.
Jesus said in John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus calls on us to embrace the truth. We need our mind, our reasoning powers for that as well as our heart.
It has been a delight to my heart and my mind to discover that accurate science and history are perfectly in harmony with the truths of Scripture. Join me as we continue this journey.