Questions That Need AnswersIf you can’t prove it scientifically then it’s not true, and I won’t believe it!” If you’ve spoken to anyone who is a secular humanist or a Darwinian evolutionist, this response is familiar. If you’ve spoken to him about the Bible, about Christ, heaven, salvation, sin, etc., many times the response to it is the same: “It sounds neat, but this can’t be proven scientifically!” What these people refer to is physical science. Physical science has limitations.
For example, experimental science is amazing, and it helps us understand many complex things about the physical world. An experiment by definition is “a test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, examine the validity of a hypothesis or determine the efficacy of something previously untried.”
Notice, by definition, even experimental science has limitations. A test is conducted to solidify a known truth, to see if a hypothesis is valid, or to test out something untried. The very practice of physical science has never claimed to be the sole determinant of all truth and all the answers in the entire universe. Theoretical, experimental, historical and observational science all serve their purpose. The very field of physical science is progressive and continuing to grow and expand each day. But like any other branch of knowledge, it has limits.
One does not need a Ph.D. to understand this logically. We just need to define our terms. In fact, we can go on the offensive and ask our opponents to define their terms instead of accepting what they say at face value.
If someone asserts “you can’t believe anything unless it’s proven scientifically!” We can kindly ask him to prove that assertion scientifically. Can he prove that “you can’t believe anything unless it’s proven scientifically” with science itself? Can he put his assertion under an electron microscope and examine its contents and prove it through science? We also can ask him what he means by “scientifically” because science is a very broad word with many subcategories. “Let us contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3).
At the end of the day, it comes down to worldview (the lenses through which we see the world). If someone’s worldview says there is no truth outside of empirical science that does not make it true. Just like the Sadducees unbelief in the resurrection did not make the resurrection disappear or be less true (Matt. 22:23). Just because one believes something doesn’t make it true.
Furthermore, can someone prove through empirical science that empirical science is the only way to determine truth? Can someone perform the scientific method on the scientific method and thereby determine that empirical or physical science is the only way to determine universal truth? I think not because that goes beyond the branch of empirical science.
Belief in science to this point is not even science. It turns into a false religion or ideology called empiricism or humanism. Humanism says humans determine truth and are the highest order of intellect. It’s false and logically it is invalid. How can humans be the highest order of intelligence when we live in a universe that demonstrates qualities of design and purpose before humans were in existence? Where did the laws of nature originate? Even if it wasn’t intelligently designed, where did the matter and the atoms come from? Nothing? Are humans eternal? Is matter eternal? I think not.
Will establishing this premise suddenly make staunch atheists and dedicated Darwinist confess their faith in Christ and put Him on in baptism?
Probably not, but what it will do is establish doubt and begin to tear down the strongholds in their minds. They may begin to question their beliefs and rethink them.
Opportunity may then present itself to share the gospel with them because their hearts will be more receptive to the message. We are to destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God (2 Cor. 10:5).
As a Christian, knowing this will help us to feel more confident in our evangelistic efforts for a couple of reasons.
- It will help us feel comfortable because we will be ready for the typical humanistic objection to religion, and we’ll know how it is logically invalid. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking to the leading atheistic humanist with a Ph.D., his degree doesn’t change the limits of physical science. The objection to religion that says “I won’t believe in God or the resurrection because you can’t prove it scientifically” will seem more like white noise to us. Science is not omnipresent and omnipotent. This is not to tear down physical science, but this is to tear down the reverence that our society places on physical science. The fullness of the Godhead does not dwell in the scientific method, but in Christ (Col. 2:9).
- We can have answers and an Anchor amidst turmoil. When things seem hopeless and chaotic in a continually changing world, people need an anchor. That Anchor is Christ (Heb. 6:19) in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3). In a world filled with evil, death and injustice, people will need to look beyond mere physical science for answers. We look to Christ!