What's With Science, Anyway?

by John Henson
Science has turned its back on God, some have exclaimed. Science has become the enemy of religion, others have said. Are these statements true?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, science is defined as “knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through the scientific method.”
Therefore, science is empirical. It depends on experiments and measurements done in the present and relies on answers to questions from those experiments and measurements.
Anything else science does is not empirical science, but theoretical science. Even then, science demands answering theories with proof from the empirical world. If the facts fit the theory, then the theory is proven.
It has been said that science is the atheists’ friend. It has also been said that science is the theists’ friend. According to a garden-variety Internet dictionary, the term friend is defined as “a person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.” Science does not fit any of those descriptions.
Is science out to get those of us who believe in God? That notion would be a silly as fearing a potato masher because of what it can do to potatoes. In and of itself, science cannot do anything.
There are, however, people who pick up science and philosophy books and pervert both and attempt to use them against those who believe in God.
Several ideas and methods, such as the Carbon-14 dating method, have issued forth as tools of proving the ancient, ancient age of the earth. But an examination of C-14 dating reveals its creators made several assumptions that are just not true. Chiefly, they assumed the amount of C-14 has been the same all the way back to the “big bang.” Well, that’s an assumption. It just isn’t true.
The Apostle Peter knew the truth. He wrote:
“For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished,” (2 Peter 3:5-6 ESV).
Science is just fine until people begin trying to bend it to prove their assumptions.

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