Science and Faith
Science and faith are usually viewed as incompatible. For centuries science has been on the ascendancy, seemingly faith has been on the retreat. As the boundaries of man's knowledge have extended, there has been less reliance upon God to explain the unknown.
Yet surprisingly, recent scientific discoveries actually point to the existence of a Creator. Professor Wolfgang Smith said "the physics of today is inviting at last the more thoughtful...to reexamine 'the question of God'."
Twentieth century developments have banished forever the idea of an unchanging, ever existing universe. Einstein's theory implies that the universe is not static, but rather dynamic and must have had a beginning. Hubble's 1929 observations of various stars revealed that the universe is in fact expanding. Thus, the "Big Bang" theory was born.
The "Big Bang" theory was greatly strengthened when Penzias and Wilson of Bell Labs discovered extraterrestrial microwave radio signals in 1965. This radiation is now universally accepted as the cosmic record of the fireball which gave birth to the universe.
Dr. Arno Penzias, who received the 1978 Nobel Prize for his co-discovery of cosmic background radiation said that: "Astronomy leads us to...a universe...with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the conditions required to permit life, and one which has an underlying (one might say 'supernatural') plan."
These findings raise the questions "...whether the universe is the product of intelligent design, whether the human experience is part of some unfolding purpose?" (Robert Wright, Time, December 28, 1992)
STATEMENTS BY OTHER LEADING SCIENTISTS
Stephen Hawking, who holds the Isaac Newton Chair at Cambridge University, and who is arguably the most brilliant physicist since Albert Einstein, said the following in his book, A Brief History of Time:
"Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?...Does it need a creator, and, if so, does he have any other effect on the universe?...Why it is that we and the universe exist? If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason--for then we would know the mind of God .It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way; except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us."
Arthur L. Schawlow , who in 1981 he was awarded the Nobel prize in Physics and who is now a professor at Stanford recently said: "...when confronted with the marvels of life and the universe, one must ask why the only possible answers are religious....I find a need for God in the universe and in my own life."
Professor Derek Barton, Nobel Prize Chemistry 1969 said that "there is no incompatibility between science and religion....Science shows that God exists."
Robert A. Naumann, Professor of Chemistry & Physics, said "the existence of the universe requires me to conclude that God exists."
John Erik Fornness, Professor of Math at Princeton said: "I believe that there is a God and that God brings structure to the universe on all levels, from elementary particles, to living beings, to superclusters of galaxies."
Physicist Paul Davies said: "The impression of design is overwhelming."
Professor Jay Roth of the University of Connecticut said: "There is so much in...the universe we inhabit, the exact balances needed to support life...every one of which is vitally necessary for...life. These physical properties of the universe lead me to favor a Designer or Creator....I believe in a creator."
Today, it is no longer superstitious and old fashioned to be a scientist who believes in God. In fact research and honest evaluation has led many scientists to such a conclusion.
Zoologist Thomas Emmel stated, "I believe in...God. His existence is apparent to me in everything around me, especially in my work as a scientist."
Many scientists have been compelled by their unfolding knowledge of the universe toward the belief in a Creator-God. Some have stopped with the thought of an unknown and unknowable God, who began everything and now passively observes the results of His work. However, other scientists have taken a step beyond, to seek a personal God who can be known and experienced.
Former MIT and UCLA Professor Wolfgang Smith says: "To me personally nothing is more evident, more certain, than the existence or reality of God....To believe in God is to 'participate' in Him."
Edward Nelson, Math professor at Princeton, said: "I believe that the origin of the universe is the...free act of its Creator...I believe in, pray to, and worship God."
Finally, John Polkinghorne of Cambridge writes: "I accept...God the Creator, the One who holds the world in being....I am a Christian believer....I believe that God exists and has made himself known in human terms in Jesus Christ."
If you would like to receive the infinite God, the One Who designed, created and upholds the Universe, into your heart, He is ready to enter into you. All you have to do is ask Him to come in. Pray the following prayer from your heart:
"Lord Jesus, I believe in You. I believe that You are the very God of this Universe who became a Man. Lord Jesus, I receive You right now as my Savior and life. Lord, forgive me of all my sins and come into me right now. O Lord Jesus, I need You. I open my heart to You right now. Fill me with Your Spirit. Thank You Lord Jesus. Amen."
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