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Science, Creation, and Sabbath

Science, Creation, and Sabbath

Over the past one hundred years, Christians have been viewed by many as antagonistic to the advancement of science. But recent findings show that believers today are actually very open to scientific study. They tend to be most interested in applied sciences, such as medicine, that focus on helping others. However, there is a tendency among Christians to attempt to reconcile naturalistic theories for the origin of life with the biblical record of Creation. Many seem to feel that alternative narratives are fine so long as God is included somewhere in the story.

This points to an underlying issue of faith. Historically, Protestants have taken the position of the Bible and the Bible only. Because Bible-believing scientists, such as Isaac Newton, believed that God created an orderly universe—not a random one—our surroundings could be studied and understood. This caused an explosion in scientific investigation, all based on the foundation of the Creation story.

Many Christians ask why this is so important. What difference does it make for us today? But take a moment to consider this: If the Creation story is not true, then how can we trust that anything else in the Bible is true?

The apostle Paul points back to the Creation as the clearest evidence of God’s work. “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). We can see the evidence of Creation all around us, yet what foundation do we have for a hope in an eternal future if we deny that evidence?

Undermining the Creation story also eliminates the foundation of the Sabbath—which falls on the seventh day. It opens up people who might agree with the idea of Sabbath to ignore the specificity of the Sabbath commandment. Scores of modern Christian authors are extolling the benefits of the Sabbath, but most see no need to identify this day with the story of the Creation week. They treat Sabbath as nothing more than a social justice issue, ignoring the real purpose of the Sabbath identified by God, the issue of worship.

As the topic of Sabbath becomes more popular in the Christian world, we have an opportunity to point people to its eternal significance from Creation to Eternity. Click here for an eye-opening and convicting resource to share with your friends.