Are Faith and Science Compatible?


  • Science can help give us a greater comprehension of the natural universe. It is a search for knowledge through observation. Scientific progress serves as a testament to the capacity of human reason and ingenuity. However, a Christian’s belief in science should never be like our belief in God. A Christian can have faith in God and respect for science, as long as we remember which is perfect and which is not.
  • Belief in God constitutes a profession of faith. We have faith in His Holy Spirit for guidance, in His Son for salvation, and in His Word for instruction. Our faith in God should be absolute since when we put our faith in God, we depend on a perfect, omnipotent, omniscient Creator. Our belief in science should be intellectual and nothing more. We can count on science to do many great things, but we can also count on science to make mistakes. If we put faith in science, we depend on imperfect, sinful, limited, mortal men.
  • Truth is nothing to fear, so there is no reason for a Christian to fear good science. Increasing our understanding of how God built the universe fosters a universal appreciation for the awe-inspiring nature of creation. Expanding our knowledge helps us to combat disease, ignorance, and misunderstanding. However, there is a danger when scientists hold their faith in human logic above faith in our Creator. These persons are no different from anyone devoted to a religion; they have chosen faith in man and will find facts to defend that faith.

So What?

  • Even the most rational scientists, including those who reject the existence of God, acknowledge that our knowledge of the universe is incomplete. They will concede that science cannot prove or disprove the existence of God or the Bible, just as numerous theories they favor cannot be proved or disproved. Science is meant to be a truly neutral discipline, seeking only the truth, not the furtherance of an agenda.

Now What?


  • Much of science supports the existence and work of God. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, And the firmament shows His handiwork.” As modern science discovers more about the universe, we find more evidence of creation.