There is an underlying current in some parts of the science world that Bible-believing Christians are not using our brains. That we have turned off our curiosity. That we ignore science and follow ancient myths. We are accused of taking a “leap of faith” into the unknown by believing the Bible is true rather than following where science leads.
I see it as exactly the other way around. The secular scientists are taking the leaps of faith – or should I say leaps of unfaith, since these leaps ignore the Creator and His infusion of order, design, and purpose into the universe. Let me give you an example.
We have talked at some length about the super-squished time line of the Big Bang theory. In the first billionth of a trillionth of a second the universe went from a singularity to a unifying superforce to the separation of the four fundamental forces (gravity, electromagnetic, the strong and weak nuclear forces) and the formation of elementary subatomic particles. In the middle of this evolving stew, a very interesting battle was taking place.
In the blink of an eye, as matter began to materialize from the super dense state of pure energy, its mortal enemy antimatter arrived on the scene as well. Based on the physics as we understand it, matter and antimatter were created in equal numbers. Their mission was to quickly seek out and destroy each other. Every matter particle that hits an antimatter particle was annihilated. In short, all matter should have been destroyed.
Here is our atheist friend Dr. Lawrence Krauss, “All the matter would have eventually found the antimatter and they would have destroyed each other producing pure radiation and we would now have a universe – I was going to say we would now be living in a universe of pure radiation. But we wouldn’t be living in such a universe because we wouldn’t be here. There would be nothing but radiation.”
But we are living here. We do exist. Matter exists. Matter unexpectedly won the battle over antimatter. And the physics involved give us no reason why. For some unknown and unexplained reason, “something happened” just after the Big Bang that tipped the balance in favor of matter in its war with antimatter. Something that theoretical physicists do not have an answer for. Because matter exists, the secular scientist has to take a leap of unfaith and just say “something happened”.
I don’t know about you, but I am a curious person and I do not like explanations like “something happened”. It sounds too much like a child standing next to a broken vase. Is “something happened” really the best we can do. I think I know what happened. God in charge is what happened. God creating the heavens and the earth is what happened. When matter won out, God had you and I in mind. Believing that God is the reason matter won out is not a leap of faith.
Yes, it involves faith. But I would not call it a leap. I find it to be a perfectly reasonable and scientifically acceptable response to the evidence all around us. The naturalists are the ones taking the leap; seeking a natural explanation for what only God could have done.
Be encouraged. Your faith is reasonable. True science is not its enemy. True science puts us on the path of discovering how God did what He did. And true faith is not a leap in the dark, it is a leap into understanding the world that God has created.