By Sister Mary
2.2) GOD AND SCIENCE
You probably often hear people say that the amazing phenomena we witness daily in our lives (from the tiny amoeba to the most complex of systems) are all due to science/nature and should not be ascribed to God. It’s as though one has to choose to believe in either God or in science (and not both), that the two are not compatible and someone who believes in God is not scientific-minded whereas a science-oriented person is not God-conscious.
On the contrary, the most prominent scientists like Stephen Hawking and Einstein state that SCIENCE ONLY EXPLAINS CREATION. There is a Superpower that is responsible for the creation.
Newsweek’s 20 July 1998 edition, explored the topic Science Finds God. It reported that, “Physicists have stumbled on signs that the cosmos is custom-made for life and consciousness. It turns out that if the constants of nature – unchanging numbers like the strength of gravity, the charge of an electron and the mass of a proton – were the tiniest bit different, then atoms would not hold together, stars would not burn and life would never have made an appearance.”
- John Polkinghorne, who had a distinguished career as a physicist at Cambridge University says, "When you realize that the laws of nature must be incredibly finely tuned to produce the universe we see, that conspires to plant the idea that the universe did not just happen, but that there must be a purpose behind it."
- Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the principles of the laser, goes further: "Many have a feeling that somehow INTELLIGENCE must have been involved in the laws of the universe."
Islam doesn’t only see God’s existence as compatible with science, Muslims are encouraged to EXPLORE AND EXCEL IN THE SCIENCES as a means of uncovering the magnificence behind God’s creations. If anything, science makes Muslims more in awe of God’s creations and helps them acknowledge His greatness and reaffirms their faith.
“We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their ownselves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur'an) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?”
[Al Quran Chapter 41 Verse 53]
You may be surprised to note some distinguished atheists are converting from atheism to belief in God. Among them is arguably the world’s most famous atheist Antony Garrard Newton Flew, a British philosopher who wrote books against belief in God and championed atheism for 50 years. In 2004, he announced that the discoveries of modern science (DNA research) had led him to accept the existence of God. “What I think the DNA material has done is show that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements together,” he said. The enormous complexity by which the results were achieved look to me like the work of intelligence.” America’s philosopher of religion Alvin Plantinga said of him, “It speaks very well of Professor Flew’s honesty. After all these years of opposing the idea of a Creator, he reverses his position on the basis of the evidence.”
If you have 6 minutes to spare, watch this amazing clip on our DNA that I’m pretty sure will blow your mind. It certainly blew mine smile emoticon
2.4) THEORY OF EVOLUTION
What of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution? Yes, we were taught this in school but the reality is that we do not observe evolution in action. For instance, there are many creatures like dragonflies that are today exactly as they are found in fossils which are 100s of millions of years old, virtually unchanged. When we consider the staggering time frames involved, isn’t it strange that they have somehow stopped evolving?
Also, we do not see, any evidence of any half-species. If evolution were true, the world should be full of these weird not-quite-there creatures who are midway through the evolution process, shouldn’t it? Instead, all creatures are all stable in their forms and perfectly suited to their habitats and lifestyles.
Because I’m in the mood to give some homework today, I strongly urge you to check out this clip on what Evolutionists say when they’re asked some tough questions. Quite enlightening.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HcN4v6Co9I
Science doesn’t reject the existence of God. It embraces it by helping us unpeel the layers of mystery behind His magnificent creations. It helps us understand the HOW.
But as Professor Arthur L. Shawlow (professor of Physics at Stanford University and recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in laser) once said, “It seems to me that when confronted with the marvels of life, and the universe, one must ask WHY, and NOT JUST HOW. The only possible answers are religious. I find a need for God in the universe, and in my own life.”
Next lesson : WHO IS GOD?
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