Science is an essential tool to learn about God and His creation. However, the Bible warns against the dangers of fake science. Learn how Satan uses false science to corrupt minds and what to do about it.
Science was my favorite subject in high school. As a newly saved teenager, 1 Timothy 6:20-21 caught my attention. I thought it was interesting that the Bible talked about science. I was taught that science and God were completely incompatible. I soon found out how wrong my teachers were!
Science is the systematic study of the natural world. Today, it is being promoted as so much more. Unbelievers are placing all of their beliefs about the past and hopes for the future in science. Too often, they worship it as a god.We must stop treating science and scientists as if they are infallible.Only God and His Word can claim the status of infallibility. Click To Tweet
Once you understand that fake science is a false god, you can see how the wicked use it to control people. Don’t allow yourself to be duped.
Science is not the enemy of God. Christians need not be afraid of science.
Actual science agrees with the Scripture and leads people to a stronger faith in the Creator. Reason based upon actual facts will lead you to God.
Today many people say, “I believe in science.” When you understand what science is and how it works, it is easy to see that as a ridiculous statement! I reply, “I believe in God.”
During this COVID-19 outbreak, we are told that science will save the day. Scientists will save us. A vaccine will give us liberty.
How foolish! We must place our faith in Almighty God.
Did you know there is such a thing as fake science? The Bible warns us against it.
1 Timothy 6:20–21
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
The Bible warns us to avoid wicked and empty arguments and conflicts over false science. The word science in this verse literally means knowledge. There are things called knowledge that are falsely named. It is not real knowledge at all.
The King James Bible uses the word science here. It is not a misprint. It is the perfect word to describe this verse. God knew that fake science would become an idol in the future.
The English word “science” is derived from the Latin word scientia, which is knowledge based on demonstrable and reproducible data, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Some people accept falsehoods as “science” and end up deviating from God’s truth.
Real science is an important discipline that helps us understand how God created the Universe.
“One way to learn the mind of the Creator is to study His creation. We must pay God the compliment of studying His work of art and this should apply to all realms of human thought. A refusal to use our intelligence honestly is an act of contempt for Him who gave us that intelligence.”— Physicist Ernest Walton, who won the 1951 Nobel Prize in Physics for his “atom smashing” experiments done at Cambridge University in the early 1930s, and so became the first person in history to artificially split the atom. Walton was a devout Christian.
God has given some people a special understanding of science.
Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
Science in this verse literally means intelligence or consciousness. The study of science requires intelligence and a disciplined mind.
Also, the study of science requires honesty. Yet today, the halls of science have been invaded by zealots with an agenda and political hacks who use science to sway the masses.
God and Science
God and science are not enemies.
Today, many have been taught that science disproves God. They clamor that the verdict is in, and science killed the very idea of God. Many people believe this lie because it is all they have ever heard.
Many famous and credentialed scientists have come to the opposite conclusion. Not only are God and science compatible, but the very study of science proves the existence of God. Consider the following quotes about God and science from famous scientists.
“A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.”–Joseph H. Taylor, Jr., who received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the first known binary pulsar, and for his work which supported the Big Bang theory of the creation of the universe.
“The more I study science, the more I believe in God.”–Albert Einstein
“It may seem bizarre, but in my opinion science offers a surer path to God than religion.”(The Wall Street Journal, Dec 24, 1997, article by Jim Holt, “Science Resurrects God.”)
“People take it for granted that the physical world is both ordered and intelligible. The underlying order in nature-the laws of physics-are simply accepted as given, as brute facts. Nobody asks where they came from; at least they do not do so in polite company. However, even the most atheistic scientist accepts as an act of faith that the universe is not absurd, that there is a rational basis to physical existence manifested as law-like order in nature that is at least partly comprehensible to us. So science can proceed only if the scientist adopts an essentially theological worldview.”–Physicist Paul Davies, the winner of the 2001 Kelvin Medal issued by the Institute of Physics and the winner of the 2002 Faraday Prize issued by the Royal Society (amongst other awards), as cited in his book God and the New Physics (first quote), and from his acceptance address of the 1995 Templeton Prize (second quote).
“Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover…. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact.”–Robert Jastrow, the astronomer and physicist who founded NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, as cited in his book God and the Astronomers.
“I believe that the more thoroughly science is studied, the further does it take us from anything comparable to atheism.”
“If you study science deep enough and long enough, it will force you to believe in God.”– Lord William Kelvin, noted for his theoretical work on thermodynamics, the concept of absolute zero, and the Kelvin temperature scale based upon it.
God is not afraid of science, and Christians should not be either. True science leads to a stronger faith in God.
True Science Vs. Fake Science
Everything called “science” today is not actual science. It is “science falsely so called.” Allow me to explain.
The world uses the word “science” as an all-encompassing monolith of disciplines that all come to the same conclusion with scientists that all believe the same things. “The science is settled,” is their mantra.
In fact, there are many categories of science, and there is much dissent among scientists.
There are three main categories of science with multiple subcategories. Here are some examples:
1. Natural Science
Natural science involves subcategories including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, and Space Science.
2. Formal Science
Formal science involves subcategories including Logic, Mathematics, and Statistics.
3. Social Science
Social science involves subcategories including Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Human Geography, and Psychology.
Each of these disciplines view the world differently. It is instructive to learn how much disagreement there is in the scientific community on subjects people claim to be settled.
Hard Science Vs. Soft Science
Not all “sciences” are equal.
“Hard” sciences include things like physics, math, and chemistry, while “soft” sciences include things like sociology and philosophy.
The terms hard and soft refer to the way the scientific method is used.
The scientific method is a set of procedures that scientists follow in order to gain knowledge about the world. These steps ensure scientific integrity.
Merriam-Webster defines the scientific method as “principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.”
The steps involved in the scientific method vary widely among the different scientific disciplines.
The following excertps is from Livescience.com.
“The steps of the scientific method go something like this:
1. Make an observation or observations.
2. Ask questions about the observations and gather information.
3. Form a hypothesis — a tentative description of what has been observed, and make predictions based on that hypothesis.
4. Test the hypothesis and predictions in an experiment that can be reproduced.
5. Analyze the data and draw conclusions; accept or reject the hypothesis or modify the hypothesis if necessary.
6. Reproduce the experiment until there are no discrepancies between observations and theory.”
True science is based upon the correct utilization of the scientific method. Fake science elevates unprovable theories presenting them as indisputable facts.
“Replication of methods and results is my favorite step in the scientific method,” Moshe Pritsker, a former post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School and CEO of JoVE, told Live Science. “The reproducibility of published experiments is the foundation of science. No reproducibility – no science.”LiveScience.com
In short, true science must be observable, testable, verifiable, and reproducible. With that standard, think about how much conjecture is called science today.
For example, spontaneous evolution as the origin of the Universe is not true science. It cannot be observed, tested, verified, or reproduced. Evolution is simply a theory. And not a very good one.
The Fallibility of Science
Some people today treat science as if it is infallible. The truth is that false science has an incredible history of being wrong with disastrous results.
The best engineers and doctors in ancient Rome thought lead to be safe. The Romans channeled spring water into their homes through lead pipes. They cooked and drank from lead vessels. Clearly, that was a bad idea!
I wonder what is hurting us today that modern scientists say is safe?
Remember when the best scientists and doctors of the day would drain blood from sick people? They would place blood-sucking slugs on the patient or cut them to drain the blood more quickly. George Washington was bled after he developed a throat infection. It is said that up to 3.75 liters of blood were withdrawn from him prior to his death in 1799. He died of blood loss.
Remember when doctors told people that cigarettes were healthy? When people became anxious about the risk of smoking in the 1940’s, doctors appeared in cigarette commercials on TV heralding their safety. One advertisement claimed “The Doctor’s Choice Is America’s Choice.” Could doctors be wrong about some of their recommendations today?
Doctors and researchers have a hard time deciding if eating eggs are good for you or not. They keep changing their minds as they “research.” If they can’t make up their minds about eggs…
If you want to be genuinely disgusted, research the history of psychology and how they would “help” people in days gone by.
Even during the COVID-19 outbreak, scientists and doctors have changed their minds frequently. At first, masks didn’t help, then they did, then they didn’t. Now they are mandatory?
They said the virus could live on surfaces for many hours. Clean everything! Don’t touch anything! Oops. Never mind. It can’t survive on surfaces for long.
It’s not safe outside, they said. The virus will get you even in the wide open spaces! Oops. No, you can go outside.
We must stop treating “science” and scientists as if they are infallible.
Only God and His Word can claim the status of infallibility.
Fake Science Is A Religion.
When people reject God-centered religion, they fill the void with secular religions.
If you ask an atheist what they believe in, they usually say they believe in science. They have “faith” in science.
Here is an important question. Who are the preachers, priests, and rabbis of science? Who do people trust to give them the information from this new deity called science? The answer is scientists! People in an ungodly culture that believe in science above all else treat scientists with holy reverence. Their word is undisputed fact. Their opinion should not be questioned!
Here’s the problem. Scientists are people. Some scientists are trustworthy, and some are not. As we documented earlier, there are many documented cases of scientists being sincerely wrong. There are also too many cases where scientists knowingly told lies to get people to do what they thought people should do.
For example, cancer societies admitted to increasing the numbers of women who get breast cancer so women would take mammograms.
Also, scientists got caught padding the numbers that supported climate change.
Consider the headline of the following May 9, 2020, article from the Washington Times: “COVID-19 puts spotlight on science — but scientists often lie.”
In 2015, the Stanford News published an article entitled “Stanford researchers uncover patterns in how scientists lie about their data.”
Scientific integrity relies upon the scientists who research, compile, apply, and write about the data. But what if the scientists themselves have no moral anchor? Atheists and agnostics propose that one can be moral without God. As believers, we know that idea to be false. Mankind is corrupted with sin. Any vestige of morality by ungodly people is based upon the Judeo-Christian values in society derived from the God they reject.
Of course, not all scientists are bad. The point is that they are people just like you and me. Scientists are not a holy priesthood.
Fake Science Is A Tool Of Satan.
True science is not an enemy of God or the Bible. Christians are not afraid of genuine science. Reason and logic based upon actual facts lead people to God.
(The sermon below discusses the logic of the Gospel.)
Fake science is a different story. False facts and ungodly worldviews skew the evidence and applications of science.
The “theory of evolution” is no longer taught as a theory. It is presented as an indisputable fact. If you don’t believe in evolution, you are considered too ignorant to have a respected opinion.
In 2001, PBS aired a 7-part series on evolution. One hundred scientists signed a statement from the Discovery Institute, disputing the facts of the series.
The two-sentence Discovery Institute statement, titled, “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism,” reads: “I am skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”
These scientists were concerned that the series promoted the idea that the only criticism of Darwinism came from religious fundamentalists. These scientists wanted the world to know that there was a dispute in the scientific world about evolution. They were not fighting for creationism. They simply wanted evolution to be studied further by open minds.
Evolution is a theory, but Satan has used fake science to close the minds of countless unbelievers. Many Americans reject the saving work of Jesus Christ because they believe in “evolution.”
You can see the same efforts made by scientists and politicians on the matter of climate change. “The earth will be unlivable in 12 short years,” they cry. “You must completely change your lives, hand over your wealth, and give up your freedom to save the world!”
However, pay no attention to the fact that they have said the same things before, but their dire warnings have not come to pass or that they screw the “science.” Climate change is another fake science ploy to further the goals of Satan.
Any time scientists have no curiosity about a subject and claim the issue is settled, you can expect fake science is at work. Curiosity is a foundational element of scientific study. Real science is a journey, not a destination.
The same people that claim science must guide our every decision routinely reject science when it suits them.
These people of science:
- deny common sense and assert that it’s ok to kill a baby living in a mother’s womb.
- reject biology and claim that gender is fluid and can be changed at will.
- dismiss thousands of years of human experience and medical knowledge by asserting that same-sex attraction is normal and acceptable.
- renounce common sense then shame you when you disagree with their unscientific conclusions.
- and take many more hypocritical stances.
Fake science is often confused for religious dogma. Consider recent events with COVID-19.
Coronavirus has been used as a pretext for the government to take massive unconstitutional action against its citizens. At the beginning of the pandemic, there were a lot of unknowns. This deadly virus was said to be unusually contagious, and millions could die. Americans were asked to shut down the country for two weeks in order to keep hospitals from being overcrowded. Most Americans agreed to comply for two weeks.
When science revealed that the virus was not as deadly as first supposed, Americans expected the lockdown restrictions to be lifted. Many citizens were shocked to watch democratically elected officials impose more restrictions. Politicians don’t like giving up power once they have it.
We are told routinely that these lockdowns are the “new normal,” and we can only hope to get our lives back with a new vaccine. Of course, they will expect everyone to take it with no questions asked. Are you ready for the mandated vaccine fight that is coming? It’s not that vaccines don’t work. They can be helpful with certain diseases. But “science” has decided that you must take vaccines for whatever they determine, whenever they decide, without your consent. No questions allowed. “Science” has spoken! This is the false god of fake science at work.
It is easy to see how science can be applied through bias during COVID-19. Science tells us that coronavirus:
- is most dangerous to people over 65 and those with underlying conditions. Yet, they scare the entire population into submission.
- does not seem to use children as a vector of transmission. Yet the schools remain closed.
- can be controlled with masks and social distancing, but apparently only in government-approved situations. Small businesses remained closed while large corporations were open. Churches were outlawed while protests were encouraged.
- can infect healthy people with little to no symptoms.
Here is a little known fact. 80% of people who died of COVID-19 were 65 years of age or older. Most of those deaths were over 70 and in nursing homes.
Although the medical world disputes the claim with wordplay, the updated CDC numbers indicate that only 6% of COVID-19 deaths were recorded in people that had no other causes of death. President Trump tweeted, “This week the CDC quietly updated the Covid number to admit that only 6% of all the 153,504 deaths recorded actually died from Covid. That’s 9,210 deaths. The other 94% had 2 to 3 other serious illnesses and the overwhelming majority were of very advanced age.” Twitter removed the tweet because they believe in “science.”
The sad truth is that the pandemic has been so politicized that the average American doesn’t know what to believe anymore. So much for scientific integrity…
“Every life is important,” believers in fake science cry as they forcibly take your freedom. But scientists and politicians focus on the losses of life that give them more power.
An estimated 88,000 Americans die in alcohol-related deaths every year, yet the liquor stores are open during the pandemic? Do their lives matter?
Consider this astounding fact.
Researchers tell us that “medical errors” is the third leading cause of death in America. Only cardiovascular disease and cancer (about 600,00 people each per year) kill more people in America than modern medicine. Over 250,000 Americans die each year because of medical errors. These people die from the care they receive instead of the disease for which they are seeking care.
We are not advocating that you stay home from the doctor. Many doctors are good people who are doing their best. We are simply reminding you that doctors and scientists are not a perfect priesthood with all the answers. Science is not a god to which you should bow and never question.
We are not saying the COVID-19 is not real. It is a severe infection for some. People have died. We mourn with those who have lost friends and loved ones.
We are simply saying that science is not god. It should not be treated as a deity. Scientists and doctors should be respected but not worshipped.
There is only one God. His name is Jehovah. His Son is Jesus Christ. His Book is the Bible. And faith is the only way to please Him.
Once you understand that fake science is a false god, you can see how the wicked use it to control people. Don’t allow yourself to be duped.
We believe in real science. True science is not the enemy of God. Christians need not be afraid of it.
Genuine science agrees with the Scripture and leads people to a stronger faith in the Creator. Fake science is a tool of Satan to deceive the masses.
The answer to false science is Biblical truth. We must reject false science and herald the holy doctrines of Almighty God.
Trust God. Preach the Word. Win souls. Do the work of the ministry. God will do the rest.
A portion of this article was originally published in the SAVE NEW ENGLAND Quarterly Magazine’s FALL 2020 issue. You can learn more about the magazine here.