Science vs. Christianity
In today’s society, people talk about how science continues to narrow the gap between God and Science. Millennia ago, ancient civilizations tried to rationalize events in life and fill the gap with a god. Lightning for example, they had no idea about electricity and discharging of energy in the environment.
Over the last few hundreds years, our scientists have made leaps and bounds to determine how things are made, why things happen, etc.
Charles Darwin published a new evolutionary theory in Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859.
Basically says that species change over time. Many decades later, his work became widely debated and gained rapid acceptance in 1920’s and on. What changed was that biologists started to learn more and would reported apply reason, so it just made more sense than the alternative.
Not long after - a man by the name of Georges Lemaitre published the idea of the big bang theory in 1931. He was a Belgian cosmologist and Catholic priest. Some people have thought that George may have started this whole thought, with the idea of figuring out the beginning of time.
Schizophrenia vs. demon possession – Years ago, it was easy to just cast a person off as being possessed – by a demon. Now, after all the years of study in psychology and psychiatry, “they” believe people are just schizophrenic – a defect or a built in response to trauma or - …
Today atheists, agnostics and polytheists are on the band-wagon of Darwin’s theory and the Big Bang as if the study of these “theories” disproves Christianity.
Dealing with all of these different views and debates, we lose sight of what is actually important. Science or Christianity? Those on the science side often ask questions like – how could a loving God allow so much evil in the world? But, many people on both sides of the debate spend time and energy with this very revealing question. Why does the Path to Heaven seem so Narrow?
Play Ravi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V06abnj--LE
The lines of belief are becoming so much more black and white. Here are some of the angles – Not all, but a few of the more dominant in our culture today.
Whether it’s creationism or evolution. Whether it’s something spiritual or focus on the science. Whichever way, we chose to believe in one school of thought or another. And no matter what, there is always a degree of faith that one has to have to believe whatever they believe.
How do we come to conclusions or chose what to believe. This isn’t all-inclusive, but hits some of the main schools of thought.
**But I do want to highlight the path of least resistance. I know people who got into church/God, because of the structure and the religious aspects of the particular system. I also know people who have rejected church/God, because they don’t want to stop having fun. They don’t understand what the bible says about rules, laws, ordinances, statures and they think they can never live up to those.
Here’s what the bible says:
Acts 15 - Acts 15 – NKJV - 15 And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
(people are saying that you cannot be saved without being circumcised – it’s a custom)
2 Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.
(Paul and Barnabas have issue with what those people just said)
3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren. 4 And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them. 5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”
(people are saying that you cannot be saved without being circumcised – it’s a law. Law and custom in this instances can more-or-less be used interchangeably)
6 Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. 7 And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.8 So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, 9 and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
(Notice how Peter states to everyone that they are testing God, by trying to hold Gentiles *who trust in Jesus* to the legalistic standards of the Jews *reference Galatians 2:14-15* **Applying the yoke that neither their fathers nor they were able to bear – 613 laws of the Old Testament)
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”
12 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. 13 And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, “Men and brethren, listen to me: 14 Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: 16 ‘After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; 17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.’ 18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works. 19 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.
(Doesn’t sound like the disciples believed that “Christians” should be following 613 laws)
21 For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
(The disciples and the Gentiles who wished to share the good news of the Gospel had an audience on the Sabbath, because the Jews all observed the Sabbath)
22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.
23 They wrote this letter by them:
The apostles, the elders, and the brethren,
To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia:
24 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, “You must be circumcised and keep the law” —to whom we gave no such commandment— 25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.
If someone don’t know Christ and doesn’t have a relationship with Christ – then they have not received the forgiveness that Jesus died for and desires for everyone to receive. For people in that position, then what measure will they have, before judgment day? In other words, by what measure will God judge them?
Everyone who is saved (trusts in Jesus with all their mind, body and soul) - will be judged for everything they ever said, did or thought. But, Christ died – so that when the final judgement is rendered, that His blood has covered the saved, by cancelling their debt (sin), that they would have everlasting life.
Everyone who is not saved, will also be judged on everything they said, did or thought. The outcome… Only God knows, but the bible says…
Matthew 12:36 – NKJV - But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 – NKJV - For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.
2 Corinthians 5:10 – NKJV - For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Romans 2:16 – NKJV - in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
Romans 2:5-6 – NKJV - But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:[a]
Matthew 22:37-40 – NKJV - Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
The Bible also talks about the manner in which we are to follow Jesus. What does the bible have to say on that?
Galatians 2:11-21 – NKJV - 11 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. 13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.
14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? 15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
17 “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
Matthew 11:25-30 - NKJV - 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Remember the yoke from Acts 15 – how the yoke was more than any person could bear…
Would you die for your child? Not a fair question, because it isn’t complete. In the event that a choice was to be made and you could sacrifice your life for your child’s would you?
Jesus calls us to do some rather extraordinary things, but it is never meant to be a heavy burden. He calls us to be uncomfortable for Him, but not to be a heavy burden. He calls us to pick up our daily cross, but not to be a heavy burden. He calls us to die for others – so that they would know Christ as well, but not to be a heavy burden.
If any of these things are a burden, then I would challenge you as well as challenging myself to how do I need to grow in my relationship with Jesus so that I wouldn’t feel those things as being burdens.
See, Jesus sacrificed Himself for those that would believe and trust in Him, because he loved us that much. The question is… Do you love Jesus enough to die for Him? Die to self, die to the temptations, die to the lies and the lust and the pride. Or even as has been said in the past (and I’m paraphrasing), be willing to die, so that your enemy would live?
How does your relationship with Jesus need to grow or change, so that you would no longer feel a burden to do what He has called you and me to do?
It’s not rocket science. It’s either faith and trust in Jesus or it isn’t. It’s either a buffet of what you think you can do by yourself or stepping into the exceptional that He has for each one of us.
2 Corinthians 5:15 – NKJV - and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
1 Peter 2:24 – NKJV - who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
John 10:7-11 – NKJV - Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All whoever came before Me[a] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
Will you let Jesus take the wheel?
funny one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8-YO6g05aA
1 Corinthians 3:18 – NKJV - Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
Matthew 18:1-5 – NKJV - At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.