Friday, November 9, 2007

Evidence? Proof?.....Anyone?

Biblical faith is based on logic, reason, and evidence. It is not blind. If faith is an evidence-supported belief system, does science support faith? My answer is an enthusiastic "Yes." People searching for God, as well as those who doubt God's existence, frequently ask for proof or evidence. Proof which satisfies the searcher or the skeptic is an extremely difficult standard to meet. Perhaps it is an impossible standard. Evidence, on the other hand, is plentiful, especially if we agree there is a relationship between effects and causes in our universe.

Scientific knowledge of living things -- their unique beauty, their complexity, their operational systems -- supplies powerful evidence for the handiwork of a creator. Take, for example, the eleven major systems of the human body we study in biology classes. I'll mention only three, the circulatory, nervous, and immune systems. A description of the bodily mechanisms for the operation of any one of our systems fills multiple volumes. Not only must each system work properly, but it must integrate and coordinate with ten others.

When we feel pain or become ill, the cause may be a minor malfunction in just one area of just one system. It is small comfort that ten other systems are working properly. The pain or illness may signal our need to attend responsibly to proper care of our bodies.

My mother frequently quoted Psalm 139:14 to my brother and me from her King James version: "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." Is this proof to convince the skeptic? the atheist? No. Is this evidence to convince us that purposeless random chance and natural selection is the cause of our "fearfully and wonderfully made" bodies? I choose to embrace the evidence for a CAUSE, the God of Psalm 139 and all inspired scripture.