Commentary by Pastor Mike Colaw
I love studying science! People like Hugh Ross or Stephen Hawking leave me in awe of how massive the universe is.
I recently watched a well-done video portraying just how small we are. Not only small in size, but also small in duration. It really is hard to wrap our minds around just how little we really are. All of humanity, every subject studied, every structure we have built, everything we have done in the physical world is so small. We are but a micro-sized dot compared to the size of the “known” universe, and all of human existence is shorter than the flash of that notification light on your phone compared to all of time. We are truly so very small in size and duration. King Solomon was right; the greatest of our accomplishments is really nothing.
It has equally been interesting in the development of the quantum sciences, specifically quantum mechanics, to discover just how little we know about the “laws” of the universe. It seems like every journal coming out is littered with this idea: “We thought we had the answer, but it turns out we were wrong.” This is especially true at the quantum level with atoms and photons. Scientific principle and order is quickly feeling like the Wild West.
There is something that bleeds out of this scientific research that really is more akin to philosophy — something guys like Notre Dame’s Alvin Plantinga (Emeritus) or even C.S. Lewis have long picked up on: the assertion that there is not a being that stands above us is just as much an act of faith as believing there is.
Moreover, if you choose to believe only in what has been proven as absolute 100 percent “fact,” the field of what can be believed is shrinking as scientific steps forward not only challenge what we know, but show ever more how little we really know. The brightest of us are but babies wading a few inches off the shore of the ocean of knowledge.
Faith is absolutely a necessity, for both spiritual and scientific claims. The Bible doesn’t teach that faith is an answer given by weak-minded people. It teaches that faith is a state of being human, and what you choose to put your faith in and why you chose it matters a lot.