A while ago, my pastor lent me an excellent book called You need a lot of faith to be an atheist. No disappointment there, I learned tons of stuff: not only basics such as "Did you know the actual word "created/made" is only used about three times depending on the version ?", but also deeper ideas such as the chronological order of animals' appearance in science, matching with that revealed in the first chapter of Genesis. I retained the title though, mostly, as it led me to wonder about the atheist's way of thinking. Would it be true that his/her perspective would require more faith than a believer's? To understand things better, I decided to look both terms up : "faith" in my Bible (Hebrews 11:1) and "science" from a dictionary online (http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/). According to the NIV version, faith is "confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.". The Message adds : "It's our handle on what we can't see.". According to the online dictionary, science is "knowledge". So, both concepts ARE different...
Science is there. Thanks to it, we understand how our body works, our ability to walk and possible brain use. We think of, design and use computers of all kinds now, mobile phones, ipad, mp3s or ipods ; we enjoy the true wonders of electricity and energy. We understand nature and animals, can explain and use the concepts to our advantage. We make medicines and vaccines through research, trials and errors ; and our meals are often flavored thanks to flowers and plants as well. Science's existence can't be denied. Atheists in particular seem to hold onto it like crazy to support their view, as if science and God could not be in the same sentence. But I have a question: "Who is behind it?". I feel that, saying we made it up by ourselves would be pure human arrogance.
After all, if science is knowledge : it is only recognizing what is already there. Scientists are only discovering laws, they aren't making them. The question is, where does it all come from ? I believe it's God, for he is the Maker of all things, our creator (Is 44:23-25). Believing in science without, or so it seems, wondering about its origin else than how the thing works, does show some incredible faith ! And what about what is not understandable? I said earlier that faith is "a handle on what we can't see", according to The Message. Can science do that ? I believe not always, as science is a visible evidence to prove an existing law of some kind. Are the way we lead our life, our dreams, what makes us happy or sad, our circumstances made of laws to discover ? I believe this is rather faith's job.
So, yes, in my opinion science and faith are linked: one explains all you can see and the other helps you deal with all you can't see. But faith does a lot more than that: among many things, you know then where science comes from.
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