I Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”
I Thes 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”
Proverbs 19:2 “Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.”
Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”
Bible-believing Christians have strengthened the hands of secular scientists by our anti-intellectual spirit. We have created a dichotomy between science and Christianity when we should see God’s word, God’s creation, and God’s laws of logic as complementary in their intent – to discover God’s truth. In doing so, we have isolated ourselves in our own ivory tower and set up a division between those who value analytical thinking and those who value God’s word. In part, we are labeled as ‘ignorant’ because we have chosen to isolate ourselves from science instead of engage with science. Dogmatic opposition to strong scientific evidence regarding topics like climate change, on which the Bible is neutral, furthers the prevailing thought that we are zealots instead of thinkers. The Bible wants us to be thoughtful as well as zealous.
Our minds were designed by God, and we are to use them to their maximum extent. When we fail to do so, we demonstrate a lack of faith in God that His Christianity can stand up to evidence and logic. God’s word is 100% true, and God doesn’t want us to avoid analytical thinking because we fear that it will overwhelm His truths. It won’t. By separating ourselves from science, we illustrate a profound lack of faith to an unbelieving world that is eager for us to answer them.
PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WOULD EMBRACE AND NOT FLEE FROM AN INTELLECTUAL SPIRIT. God wants us to prove all things, both to ourselves and to an unbelieving world.