by Aaron Bjorklund

Christianity has ebbed and flowed in its influence among the scholars of the world. There have been seasons when almost all the greatest intellectuals claimed some connection to Christianity. Then, there have been other seasons when Christians are viewed by the scientific community as ignorant and irrelevant because our beliefs are deemed outdated. The fact of the matter is Christianity itself has not changed in its ability to engage us in conversation at the highest level of every scientific field. What has changed our willingness to do so? Doubt?

There have been moments in scientific discovery when scholars believed they had explained away humanity’s need for religion. That claim has never proven true. Instead, Christianity has proven to be a completely viable worldview, even when considered from scientific, psychological, sociological, and spiritual perspectives. As time progresses, Christianity continues to sit at the table of all these fields. How does this assertion relate to doubt? Being rational doesn’t remove doubt, but it allows us to explore our doubts with little trepidation. 

As science progresses, we also learn how much we don’t understand. Take particle physics for example; even teachers of particle physics don’t understand why particles behave the way they do at a molecular level. Advances in studying the brain also baffle the greatest minds of our day. Science doesn’t have an answer for everything — not even close.

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.  Ephesians 1:13-14

If you struggle with doubt, I suggest you lean on the Holy Spirit of promise. Explore, and ask God to keep you sealed by His love. Learn and grow in your knowledge of Him and of the world around you. God isn’t afraid of his world; why should we be afraid to study it?

Take a moment to pray a prayer like this, “Holy Spirit, because your job is to seal me by love, I pray that you would do just that as I explore my questions. Give me peace to seek and find your answers. Help me to be comfortable on my journey with you as I discover the world and your heart.” 

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