Does a scientific explanation prove that there is no God?
Science shows us how these things happen, therefore there is no God.
I can’t count how many times recently I have read or seen something on TV or the internet where a scientific explanation of a natural phenomena is claimed to prove that God or other spiritual phenomena do not exist. For example, I saw a investigative documentary show on TV a few years back on the 10 plagues of Egypt. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this account from the Biblical book of Exodus, the Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians. When Moses, the leader of the Israelites, asks the Egyptian Pharaoh to let his people go, Pharaoh refuses. As a result of his refusal, God says to Moses and Pharaoh that He will send plagues to the land of Egypt until Pharaoh changes his mind. These plagues include darkness, locust infestation, water turning to blood, and 7 others for a total of 10 plagues.
The premise of this history/documentary show was to bring in experts to explain scientifically how these plagues could have happened. The investigators on the program demonstrated how it is possible a plague of locusts could have led to water turning to blood, or darkness, which would lead to other plagues, etc. I found the show really interesting, but their investigative conclusions really irked me. Experts were saying things to the effect of “So yes the Israelites THOUGHT that the darkness was caused by God, but in reality it was just a result of the plague of locusts darkening the sky”.. or other similar comments.
OK, so since you can explain scientifically how one plague led to another, that means God must not have had anything to do with it? So an all-knowing, all-powerful God couldn’t have set things in motion that abide by the laws of physics and nature which He established, and create the plagues in a way that we could explain scientifically? Because we can explain HOW God did it that means He didn’t do it? I hope you see where I’m going with this, and it isn’t the only example.
A scientific explanation of how things happen does not eliminate the possibility that there is a God. I love to look at science as an opportunity to explore how God did things. How was life formed on Earth? How is this universe working that God set into motion? Many religions and belief systems look at purpose and reason behind natural phenomena. I think that explaining the processes by which things happen is very different from thinking about the reasons WHY things happen or who if anyone is behind them. Because we can explain how earthquakes or volcanoes happen, does that mean God doesn’t know they will happen or didn’t cause them?
It’s time for science to allow for religious and spiritual people the opportunity to look for and explain natural mechanisms and phenomena in a scientific manner without being threatened when we embrace a spiritual meaning behind them. Maybe a scientist has the worldview that there is no purpose to life besides the fight for survival. That is not my worldview, so don’t push yours onto me.
Science doesn’t fit your worldview better than it does mine. Science doesn’t disprove God. For me, it explains how He works.