I was listening to Chip Ingram the other day, and he had done a series on why I believe…
And it reminded me that one of the biggest stumbling blocks are that many people think that you have to leave your brain at the door when you go to church. And put reason on the shelf when we claim that there is a God. And sadly many pastors accommodate them. Instead…Pastors have the challenge…to educate their flock, and teach them the truth and why it is important to stand firm….
2 Thessalonians 2:15 – So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
My brother, who doesn’t read this blog….and if he does I will get a phone call thinks that everybody who believes in God is basically stupid. And when confronted with that…what is our answer? Let me tell you about a few “smart” people who you may have heard about that were Christians…courtesy of God and Science.org.
- Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) – Polish astronomer who put forward the first mathematically based system of planets going around the sun. He referred to God in his works, and did not see his system as in conflict with the Bible.
- Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1627) – Philosopher who is known for establishing the scientific method of inquiry based on experimentation and inductive reasoning. He rejected atheism as being the result of insufficient depth of philosophy….
- Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) – Kepler was a brilliant mathematician and astronomer. He did early work on light, and established the laws of planetary motion about the sun.
- Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) – Galileo expressly said that the Bible cannot err, and saw his system as an alternate interpretation of the biblical texts.
- Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) – Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and theologian. His most influential theological work, the Pensées (“Thoughts”), was a defense of Christianity, which was published after his death. The most famous concept from Pensées was Pascal’s Wager. Pascal’s last words were, “May God never abandon me.”
- Isaac Newton (1642-1727) – In optics, mechanics, and mathematics, Newton was a figure of undisputed genius and innovation. In his system of physics, God was essential to the nature and absoluteness of space. In Principia he stated, “The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
- Robert Boyle (1791-1867) – One of the founders and key early members of the Royal Society, Boyle gave his name to “Boyle’s Law” for gases. In 1690 he developed his theological views in The Christian Virtuoso, which he wrote to show that the study of nature was a central religious duty.
- Michael Faraday (1791-1867) – Michael Faraday was one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century. His work on electricity and magnetism not only revolutionized physics, but led to much of our lifestyles today, which depends on them.
- Others…Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) – Genetics. William Thomson Kelvin (1824-1907) – Physics. Max Planck (1858-1947) – Quantum Physics. And oh yeah…more modern: Dr. Francis Collins, Head of the Human Genome Project. Check out his interview on CNN.
Okay….lets agree that there were some smart guys who were Christians….but what about our Nation. Did you realize that Harvard was founded to train Christian Ministers. In fact, check out this quote from their 1646 Student Handbook:
“Everyone shall consider the main end of his life and studies [at Harvard] to know God and Jesus Christ . . .
Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures two times a day, that he shall be ready to give
an account of his proficiency therein [upon graduation].” Harvard, Student Rules and Precepts (1646)
How the world has changed…but be encouraged…God hasn’t. Don’t think so??
Hebrews 13:6-9 – 6so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”
7Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited. (NASB)
Hey….if you believe God and take Him at His word….you are joining a pretty smart club. In fact…I guess that you have an honorary Harvard degree.
AND…I hope my brother reads this…
Grace and Shalom, Dan