Finding Evidence of God in Your Corn Flakes

Posted by: Jenny Baker | Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024 (12:00am)

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. – Psalm 19:1 NIV 

As believers it can be frustrating when people say that science doesn’t show evidence of God. In fact, some believe that science and God are incompatible all together.  

But are they? 

The Oxford Dictionary defines science as, “the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation, experimentation, and the testing of theories against the evidence obtained.” 

Maybe that definition feels a bit…clunky (or is that just me?), so let me simplify. In very basic terms, science uses a process of carefully repeated experiments to see if the same outcome occurs each time. If it does, then scientists consider that outcome a scientific fact. The formal name of this process is the “scientific method.” 

But here’s the thing. While the scientific method has yet to provide any physical evidence that God exists, proof of God can be found in the scientific method itself.  

Wait, what?  

Hear me out.  

See, scientists recognize that natural patterns occur, and this is why they can count on controlled experiments to reveal what those patterns are. In fact, even without the scientific method regular people like you and me can still see predictable outcomes all over the place.  

For example, we know that when we are hungry, we feel discomfort in our midsections and when we eat the discomfort disappears. Because we’ve experienced this same cycle over and over again, we know that eating is the solution for silencing our rumbling tummies. 

We know that every morning we can count on the sunrise at a precise time, and we also know that the sun will set at a precise time as well.  

We even know that when we leave our cereal sitting in a bowl of milk too long it becomes mushy (which I love! … just me again?).  

The point is, what are the chances that natural, predictable patterns happen by random chance? If I had a bag of Scrabble tiles and dumped them on the table, what is the likelihood that they would land in a way that spelled out “minivan?” (clearly I have a thing for minivans, check out my last blog post).  I suppose it could happen once, but EVERY time I dumped them out? No way. Someone would intentionally have to put them in that specific arrangement.  

Do you see where I’m going? Science’s entire method of fact-finding relies on identifying predictable patterns, yet it cannot explain why the patterns exist in the first place. In fact, to determine what causes predictable patterns, scientists would have to depend on predictable patterns to find the answer, leading us back to the original question about what causes predictable patterns (and around and around we go!).   

In other words, even science must acknowledge that the same outcome occurring not just repeatedly but predictably at random is pretty much impossible. Something must be making it all happen.  

Or as we know, someone.  

That’s something the scientific method will never be able to tell us, but the Bible already has. Evidence of God is all around us, all the time.  

Look no further than your bowl of mushy cereal to see it. 

 

 

 

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