The favored attack against a Biblical worldview by those who espouse a secular worldview is to invoke science. Whether it’s a smug intellectual professor or an unhinged product of American indoctrination centers, better known as universities, the supposed “case closed” attack used to disprove the Bible is a combination of various scientific theories, including evolution, the Big Bang, and my favorite theory that’s relatively new, the multiverse theory.
All of these theories have major flaws. Invariably, these flaws are easily reconciled within a Biblical worldview. For example, evolution cannot reconcile with irreducible complexity. Even Charles Darwin himself noted, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
Essentially, irreducible complexity is observed when a system is so reliant on each individual part of it that removing any one of them would render the entire system useless. Evolution works through the concept that advancements happen over time as improvements or mutations come into being through natural means. But systems that are irreducibly complex do not jibe with this concept because for the system to have come about through natural means, every component must have been generated simultaneously. It’s more farcical than believing you could throw all the pieces from a Jenga box in the air and they would land in a perfectly formed stack.
The example often used to illustrate this is the basic mousetrap.
There are five basic components. Any combination of four of the components doesn’t yield a less effective mousetrap. It would no longer be a mousetrap at all. This is an easy way to see irreducible complexity at work. Now, apply this to the basic building blocks of life – the cell. A simple cell is exponentially more complex than a mousetrap. Take away any component of a simple cell and you don’t have a simpler cell. You have nothing. It wouldn’t be able to perform a single function of a cell.
How do secular scientists reconcile this? Google it. The rebuttals I read through ranged from haughty to mildly concerned, but all of them had two conclusions. First, they all stipulated that the answer is simply unknown now, but eventually science will be able to explain it. Second, they went to the tried and true argument that given enough time and enough opportunities, anything is possible. This is the argument that invariably comes forth whenever challenges are made to anti-Biblical scientific theories. Time is the great equalizer for scientists because they know the unfathomable nature of millions or billions of years renders the average person too dumbfounded to rightfully challenge their impossible claims.
Before we get into why scientists are so adamant about preserving their worldview, we should break down the questions they attempt to answer that often challenges this worldview. The questions asked in the widest range of topics from the origins of the universe to the best way to live our lives now to the final destination of our consciousness after our physical bodies die can be broken down into three categories:
- How are we here?
- Why are we here?
- Where are we going?
It isn’t just secular scientists. These questions have perplexed scholars and students, philosophers and layman. The Bible offers complex yet understandable explanations to all of these questions. Even with these clear explanations, humans have struggled to grasp the meaning of it all since the Bible was first distributed to the masses. Nevertheless, the Bible points to real explanations to these questions that can and should be explored more deeply, but these explanations are instantly dismissed by secular scientists as well as a growing segment of the entire population. And therein lies the key to the third reason scientists refuse to acknowledge evidence of a Biblical worldview.
Before we get to that one, let’s start with the first reason and work our way down.
1. Blacklisted black sheep
There is one very easy way for scientists to lose their jobs, have their grants cut, never get published in scientific journals, and get generally ridiculed by their piers. They simply have to declare their belief in a Biblical worldview. Doing so will, for all intents and purposes, land them on the blacklist within the scientific community that will end their careers.
The modern scientific world works within a very tight echo chamber. Within this echo chamber, all discussions must be framed within the natural. Any attempts to stir up discussions of the supernatural are instantly stifled. Further attempts lead to being labeled as a black sheep. Even the most tenured and respected scientists who become Biblical black sheep are unceremoniously blacklisted. They are removed from the echo chamber so their dangerous ideas cannot be heard.
It is well documented that professors have been fired, researchers have been demoted, and scholars have been removed from speaking circuits when they start asking the wrong questions or coming to Biblical conclusions. In the modern scientific world, you can challenge any theory and argue any valid point unless it invokes credence to the Bible or intelligent design. If you go down that road, you’re no longer considered one of the cool kids.
2. The scientist’s old clothes
In the tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes, the titular emperor is convinced by a pair of con men that his newest outfit is woven from magical threads that were invisible to anyone who was unfit for their office or who were unusually stupid. This thought pleased the emperor so he could tell the wise from the foolish in his court.
The whole town knew of the powers of the clothing and were anxious to see it for themselves so they could tell which of their neighbors were stupid. The emperor sent in two of his advisers to check on progress. They saw nothing, of course, but were too ashamed to admit it, so they reported to the emperor how wonderful the clothing appeared. When the clothes were presented and the emperor saw nothing, he, too, was too ashamed to admit it.
The emperor pranced around town naked with nobody wanting to admit they saw nothing for fear that they would be revealed as stupid.
This is a simplification of what’s been happening with secular scientists for decades. Evidence has been emerging in the modern era that slice gaping holes in scientific theories that oppose the Biblical worldview, but it’s all getting pushed aside. It usually comes down to wild interpretations of the evidence rather than outright dismissal, but nevertheless secular scientists refuse to admit the transparency they’re seeing in the old clothes of scientific explanation. It’s better for them to pretend they see the wonderful colors of their scientific clothing than to admit there’s no clothing for them to see.
Keep in mind that scientific evidence is not being debunked. It’s scientific conclusions that are failing the transparency test. The biggest mistake made by those who believe solely in secular scientific conclusions is they believe evidence is mutually exclusive. In their minds, evidence must point to their conclusions, and if they happen to jibe with a Biblical worldview, that’s just a coincidence. But the truth is the exact opposite. Is evidence of a beginning to the universe proof of creation or the Big Bang? By itself, it lends credence to both theories, but to secular scientists it is only allowed to be attributed to their theory.
More scientists are changing their conclusions to align with intelligent design at the least. Many are going so far as to embrace the Bible itself. The Emperor’s New Clothes ends when a child finally comes out and tells the crowd the emperor has nothing on at all. How the story ends is eerily similar to what’s happening in the world of modern secular science.
The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, “This procession has got to go on.” So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn’t there at all.
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3. Ephesians 6:12
The Bible warns of this problem. Romans 1:22-23 referred to the machinations of the people in Paul’s era who dismissed the Bible’s teachings so they could engage with man-made idols.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
This concept lives in practice today. Secular scientists aren’t worshiping on alters of birds. They’re worshiping on the alters of insufficient scientific theories. Again, I must be clear that the observations and evidence presented through science is usually not incorrect. It’s their interpretations of the observations that are wrong. For example, the lack of a “missing link” between apes and men is seen through the Biblical worldview as proof of the Bible’s authenticity, whereas it is seen as something to be assumed until it is discovered by those who believe in secular science.
This is a delusion. It’s one that is reinforced through governments, schools, and mainstream media. Just as the creation itself must be seen through a supernatural lens, so too must we view this delusion as one of supernatural origins. For this, we turn to Ephesians 6:12:
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
It’s important to understand the primary driving force behind the secular scientific worldview is one with its roots in the supernatural. We need to recognize the enemy for what it is, and dismissing this opposing worldview as simply a product of stubbornness or ignorance would be a huge mistake. When we realize there are forces outside of our realm that work towards corrupting the worldviews of the people, we’ll be better prepared to fight against it.
As Ephesians continues, it warns us that we must wear the whole full Armor of God. Read through Ephesians 6:13-18 to gain an understanding of all we will need to defend against the principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world.
Science in and of itself is not bad. Every day we gain a better understanding of how God’s creation works, and scientific observations can reinforce our Biblical worldview. Just don’t let the conclusions made by secular science taint this understanding. Their delusion is strong, but the evidence is increasingly supportive of the truth many of us already hold dear.
I’m Tammy Rucker. Thank you for listening.