A: No, he is not right. In fact, over the years, some of the most committed Christians I have ever met were also outstanding scientists. To them, all creation was a witness to God's power and wisdom. Like the Psalmist, they realized that "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands" (Psalm 19:1).
There is no conflict between science and faith - not if we understand them properly. Science deals only with physical reality - with things we can see and touch. But science is limited; it can't tell us about spiritual reality - with things that can't be seen or touched. And yet God is real, and so is the human soul or spirit. In fact, God is more "real" than the things we see around us, because some day they all will vanish - but God will still remain.
Don't apologize for your faith in Christ, and don't let the arguments of those who refuse to believe in God unsettle you. Instead, make it your goal to grow stronger in your faith, as you read God's Word and pray and have fellowship with other believers. Remember: In Christ "are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3).
Then seek God's will for your future - not only for your career, but where you will go to college. And when you get there, seek out other Christians who can encourage you and help you stay strong in your faith.
Q: How corrupt will the world have to get before God will decide to intervene and bring it all to an end? Our world seems to be getting worse and worse morally and spiritually, and I just wonder how much longer God is going to put up with it. - Mrs. A.H.
A: Yes, the world does seem to be getting worse and worse, both morally and spiritually. We have become like the people of Jeremiah's day: "Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush" (Jeremiah 6:15). Shortly after Jeremiah uttered those words, God sent judgment upon them and their nation collapsed. That could happen to us.
What is the problem? The problem is that we have left God out of our lives. Whenever any nation does that, the inevitable result is moral and spiritual chaos. Instead of following God's moral laws, we substitute human lusts and desires in their place. We decide what's right and wrong, instead of seeking God's will and God's law.
Are we nearing the time when God will intervene and Christ will come again to establish His Kingdom of perfect justice and righteousness? We don't know; the Bible warns us against making predictions about this. But the Bible does give us a number of warning signs, many of which we see today. In the last days, the Bible says, "People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy" (2 Timothy 3:2).
God won't tolerate evil forever; some day Christ will come again, and when He does all evil will be judged. Are you ready for that day? You can be, by turning to Christ in repentance and faith and committing your life to Him.
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