4/23/2020 4:49:39 PM
Science as God
There’s a commercial running right now from Pfizer. It includes wonderful images of labs and scientists doing clearly important work, with inspiring music in the background. One of the first statements is “Science, the most certain thing there is.” At the end there are several people holding signs that say “Science will win.”
Of course, the point of this commercial is that through science we will find the answers to COVID-19; treatments, relief of symptoms, and of course a vaccine. But there is another point that will be lost by all that don’t know the Lord. And that underlying message is that science is the world’s god. It is what they look to for the answers, solutions, protection, safety, healing…. And what a dangerous message this is!
In Isaiah 44:14-17 he talks about the man who plants a tree. V.16 “Half of it he burns in the fire, over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast, and it satisfied. He also warms himself and says, ‘Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire.’ V.17 But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, ‘Deliver me for thou art my god.’”
This reveals the foolishness of putting our trust in science. It is a creation of man, a way to systematize God’s creation and God’s natural laws. But science points back to God, rather than being God. And the theories of science are always changing as we discover new things, but God doesn’t change.
Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” God in three persons is the most (and only) certain thing there is! Not science.
But how does this confusion play out in daily life? If we trust in science we’re going to be disappointed quite often because, as I said, science is always changing as new discoveries of God’s creation are being made. And science doesn’t care about you at all. It can’t because, as the tree, it isn’t alive, can’t think, feel, love or do anything of its own accord.
If you trust in masks, social distancing and washing your hands, your focus is in the wrong place. Don’t get me wrong, I think we should use these tools. But using them is different than trusting in them. We need to trust in God for everything. Also, science’s tools have limitations, but God does not. There are believers on the front lines of this crisis, risking their health ever day, and their trust isn’t in what they’re wearing, but in God.
So we need to watch our hearts, making sure our trust doesn’t slip from God to science (medicine).
“In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalms 56:11