“Doubting Thomas” was not present when Jesus first appeared after the Resurrection. Thomas insisted that unless he could see and touch, he would not believe. Eight days later Jesus reappeared with Thomas present. When Thomas professed belief, Jesus mildly rebuked him for not believing previously. Expecting evidence was not Thomas’ shortfall. Evidence had already been provided by the empty tomb and the eyewitness testimonies. Thomas’ mistake was demanding absolute proof. Similarly, many scientists dismiss God by demanding absolute proof. Proof negates the faith necessary to make a choice for God. “And without faith it is impossible to please God . . .” (Hebrews 11:6)
Jesus said, “… at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” (John 14:11) God has provided plenty of evidence for faith within the universe scientists investigate. For example, behavioral scientists have shown that anger, hatred, and even poor neighbor relations are bad for our health. Jesus taught against these 2,000 years ago. According to the big bang theory, everything suddenly appeared from nothing. Does this not shout out “God?” Interestingly, the big bang was first recognized in 1927 by MIT educated Georges Lemaitre, an ordained priest.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made . . .” (Romans 1:20) I personally believe that mathematics can provide strong evidence of God and His goodness. However, the math is complex and involves high probabilities not the absolute proof demanded by Thomas and some scientists.
Fortunately, churchmen can help scientists to faith in Christ. Several years ago, my wife and I led a Bible-based marriage seminar near Cape Canaveral in Florida. Most of the audience were scientists or engineers at NASA. As a man of science, I carefully explained and gave evidence for my biblical interpretations. They loved the seminar and several trusted Christ. The event went so well that they asked us to repeat it later for other scientists.
Future Blog Post
Scripture and Science – The Case for Evidence