“My Big Deal Question” by Logan Gates
Posted by Logan Gates on April 20, 2017
Topic: Big Deal Questions
When I was in high school, one of my “big deal questions” was whether science had proved God didn’t exist. The more I studied people like Galileo and Darwin, the more it seemed that science was “crowding God out.” It seemed that science was at the very least making the God of the Bible irrelevant, if not disproving his existence!
If I’m honest, I began to really wrestle with my questions. Around that time I came across the writings of a scientist and mathematician named John Lennox. With three doctorates and a professorship at Oxford, he’s hard for anyone to dismiss as an academic “lightweight,” and yet he was a committed Christian. In his writings I came across an idea that radically impacted the way I saw the relationship between science and faith.
Lennox turned me back to Genesis 1. What we don’t read, he pointed out, is “In the beginning God created the bits of the universe we don’t understand yet.” Instead, we find, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” In other words, the God of the Bible is not a “God of the gaps” like I had begun to imagine — just explaining things that science hadn’t arrived at (yet). Instead, this was a God who was the maker of everything. Science might explain the mechanism of how the universe works, but God explained its authorship.
Lennox gave the example of the automobile — one way we could “explain the automobile” it is to talk about the assembly line — the mechanism by which it was put together. Another equally true explanation, however, is Henry Ford — the automobile’s inventor!
In no way would we say the assembly line “disproves” Henry Ford. Why would we do the same with God?
In reality, it’s the complexity of the assembly line that points us to the complex mind of Henry Ford behind it. When I walk through the forest and come across a garden, I infer intelligence — a gardener! When I walk through the universe and come across incredible order in the laws of physics, patterns in nature, and complexity of life, I infer a supremely intelligent mind — God! Science doesn’t disprove God — it unveils astounding degrees of complexity that point us to the God behind it all.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork”
Psalm 19:1 (ESV)
Big Deal Questions is a one day event for students who are looking to think through answers to their big questions and it is also a safe place to bring friends who are not yet believers. No question is off limits and we will offer an invitation for students to encounter the Christian God.
The Big Deal Questions event this year will take place on July 15, 2017 at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg following our Summit on Human Rights. If you are between the age of 12-18, we hope to see you there! I am confident that this will be a highlight for 2017!
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