by Christopher C. Forry
Have you ever stopped to think why the universe operates in the way it does, or why there are things like good and evil? The universe we live in is consistent, orderly, logical and predictable. Someone who considers themselves to be a naturalist, someone who believes the world came into existence naturally without a Creator God, has no basis for the existence of biblical truths like morality, laws of logic and the laws of nature if the universe is just a product of a random cosmic chance. However, it is our observations of the laws in the universe that make sense in light of the truths revealed to us in the Holy Bible.
We are told that God upholds all things in Hebrews 1:3 of the Holy Bible, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word.” Also, God tells us through Moses in Genesis 8:22 that there are certain things we can count on to be true in the future, like our four seasons and the rotation of the earth on its axis, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” What these two verses are telling us is that God alone upholds all things in the universe at all times. Because God upholds the universe throughout the seasons, there is uniformity in nature, which means we can expect the universe to continue operating in a consistent manner in the future. We would not be able to make scientific predictions without God upholding the universe with the laws of nature, physics and math. The naturalist can only assume that the laws of nature will be the same in the future but would only be assuming that they’ll be the same, because with out Gods revelation from the Bible that they’ll remain the same, he has no sure way to know. However, the Christian has a reasoned faith to believe the laws will be the same in the future because God has told us in His Word that they will be.
The Christian has a reasoned faith to account for morality because God created us in His own image as moral beings with a conscience to know the difference between right and wrong. There is a universal morality that we all adhere to where even in indigenous people groups they know it’s wrong to murder or sleep with another’s spouse. The naturalist has no basis to consider something “good” and the moment he says something good is to “benefit” us, (like not murdering or not stealing) he is then appealing to an outside moral standard that he cannot account for and, in fact, would be borrowing from the biblical worldview. The naturalist boldly proclaims that morals are subjective (meaning anything goes) but yet when it comes down to it he is really objective (following an ultimate moral standard). For example, if someone close to them was murdered, then they would want justice served and the person to pay for their crime. The naturalist has no basis for deciding what point of view is right or wrong if each person comes to a different conclusion but the Christian, however, has a basis for justice and morality because God is the ultimate standard.
The Christian can also account for the laws of logic, which represent a standard by which we can judge certain truth claims. There are three main laws of logic which are “the law of identity”, “the law of non-contradiction” and “the law of excluded middle.” They apply at all times, are the same everywhere and will apply in the future. We follow these certain laws of logic in our chain of reasoning such that if we were to break a law of logic then we would run into a logical fallacy (the breaking of the rules or mistakes in our reasoning when trying to prove our position in a debate) such as with “the law of non-contradiction.” For example, you cannot be reading this essay and not reading this essay at the same time, which makes sense in light of the biblical truth that God cannot contradict Himself. We read in 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” It makes logical sense, in the Christian worldview, that there is an absolute truth standard of reasoning such as laws of logic because God Himself is truth, unchanging, universal, logical and immaterial, just like the laws of logic.
What we observe in nature consistently lines up with what the Holy Bible tells us. Morality, laws of nature, laws of logic and even science would not be possible without the existence of the Creator God of the Holy Bible. Christians expect there to be order because God made all things and has imposed order on the universe, upholding all things by His power. However one who holds to a naturalistic worldview is borrowing from the biblical view when they do science because the order in nature should not even exist if this is all just a cosmic accident. Ultimately these consistent truths between nature and the Bible are important because Gods Word, which is His revelation to us, is true. And the most important truth in His Word is that, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son (Jesus Christ), that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16
Science Because of Scripture