Faith vs Science

As I’ve said before, I’m still new to this Christian walk stuff. There are so many things I’m just starting to get my mind around. Being an analytical type, I find I sometimes wrestle with certain topics. This often involves a discrepancy between what is accepted as correct by science vs what is accepted as correct by scripture. Then there are all those articles on faith and science and how one trumps the other depending on the particular bent of the writer.

Science is a process by which man attempts to understand and explain the world around him. There can be a lot of power in understanding our world and learning how to manipulate it to our liking.  Certainly humans have benefited greatly from this knowledge through history.

Faith can be a little trickier to define. Interestingly enough, there is a handy dandy definition in scripture. Hebrews 11:1 says:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

To me, this means Faith involves trust.   In Mathew Chapter 9, the Bible tells us that two blind men are healed by Jesus ‘according to their faith’.  So presumably, most Christians would agree there is at least some power and benefit associated with faith.

Some say faith and science are incompatible. Personally, I don’t agree.  In fact, I think they can leverage each other nicely.  For example, I enjoy reading on the topic of quantum physics.  I don’t pretend to understand the complex and confusing ends and outs of it all, but I am fascinated by it.  Quantum physics has been around for a long time and is generally accepted as the means by which man can best understand the universe.  So when a secular physicist states that quantum physics implies that there is more to everything than just our universe, that there is something ‘bigger’, well…I celebrate.

A related topic, string theory, is also quite interesting. It was originally hoped that string theory would help explain some of the more unusual test results of quantum physics.  String theory focuses a lot of attention on sub atomic particles and it is proposed that the most basic form of particles in the universe vibrate.  The frequency of the vibrations of a particular particle can have significant impact on its mass, charge, and properties in general; or to put it another way, how it pulses may well dictate WHAT it is or at least HOW it is perceived.  That’s mind blowing stuff!

Recently I read somewhere that there are people who profess the soul itself vibrates. Some believe that the more it vibrates, the closer one is to God.  It got me thinking.  If my soul vibrates and the world around me vibrates, what would be the implications?  What happens when, at church on any given Sunday, we sing praise songs like ‘No Longer a Slave’.  I begin to imagine the souls of the congregation and the sub atomic particles in everything around us all pulsating in time to the refrain “I am no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God”.

That thought makes me smile.




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