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Why is understanding science so important to under-
standing Christianity? It is important because science has led
more people away from Christ than anything else in the history
of Christianity. No sin, not lust for power, lust for sex, hate for
things that are good, or love for things that are bad has ever
decimated the rolls of the Church like science from the mid-
nineteenth century and forward.

Why is this?

About 400 years ago, science (more commonly known as natural
philosophy) began to develop a uniform style. It became a
method for acquiring knowledge of the natural world rather
than simply a collection of discoveries.

The method was both simple and powerful and the first two
centuries of its application secured more knowledge of nature
than the whole of history before that time. Here’s how it worked:

1. An observation is made.

2. A guess (or theory) is made as to what caused that which is

3. The guess is tested by independent experiments.

4. If the guess holds true in the face of repeatable experimental
testing, the theory is elevated to the status of established theory.
If not, then the theory is rejected and another guess is sought.

5. If an established theory holds up to repeated, independent,
and rigorous testing over an acceptable period of time, then the
theory is elevated to a principle. A principle is not considered a
fact, but is trusted enough to make predictions and taught to
others. If an established theory ever fails future rigorous testing,
it is rejected and a better theory is sought (back to step 2, in other

About 150 years ago, the definition of science began to change. It
slowly began to shed its critical components and take on this form:

1. An observation is made.

2. A guess (or theory) is made as to what caused that which is

3. If the theory seems reasonable and most scientists agree, the
theory is considered a scientific fact.

That subtle change makes all the difference and this is why it
matters to Christianity:

When science is rigorous, the Bible is confirmed repeatedly and
without exception. Scientists are drawn closer to God. When
science loses its rigor, it also loses its power of logic. Instead of
gaining knowledge, scientists and the people they teach actually
become less critical and over time, significantly stupider. The
Bible becomes a target of mocking derision because critical
thinking is erased from common ability. That ability to reason
and apply what was once considered simple logic is replaced by a
herd mentality where the common man seeks leaders to control
his knowledge. Amazingly, the Bible predicted this will happen:

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now
letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall
that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with
the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness
of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working
of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And
with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send
them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That
they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but
had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The Bible refers to science as the true knowledge of Christ:

[K]eep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane
and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.