How does a scientist become a Christian?
Many of you reading this blog will be science students, maybe first year, maybe final year. Maybe you were raised in a Christian home or maybe you only recently heard the gospel for the first time. Whoever you are and whatever stage you’re at, if you are a Christian then it’s a safe bet that there are people you want to share the gospel with.
So, for my first post I thought I’d address an obvious question: How does a scientist become a Christian? And it is my hope that you will find it helpful to hear how this scientist became a Christian.
I was brought up to think that Christianity was all nonsense. There isn’t a God and science has shown that… the Bible has been rewritten by people who want it to say whatever they want… church leaders just want to control people… even if there were a God it wouldn’t matter because I’m pretty nice… etc. etc. etc.
Maybe you have thought those things, or are familiar with some of those ideas from your friends. Sometimes it can be daunting to speak the gospel to friends who are so opinionated, so firm in their dismissal and so sure that science is sufficient for their worldview that they have no interest in hearing what you’ve got to say. I’ve know I wasn’t the most pleasant person to speak to about religion.
So what happened? A friend showed me the insufficiency of science to explain and guide my life? Or pointed me to the scientific and philosophical arguments for God? Set before me the evidence for the resurrection?
To be honest, it was none of those things. I arrived at university having never really listened to what it was Christians believed. And what changed wasn’t my view of science, but meeting true Christians. I made friends with the kindest, most loving people I’d ever met. So I wanted to hear what they had to say. I joined in with Fresher’s week like most people would, one night I started to think about my behaviour and what God would think of me. And the more I thought, the more worried I felt about what God thought. I didn’t share that thought with anyone, but unbeknownst to me at the time, people were praying, and God was working to open my eyes. And he chose to do that not through science but through showing me my sin. One day later I heard the gospel explained and I finally understood why Jesus had died and what he had accomplished, and I became a Christian that evening. That was 7 years ago.
Working as a scientist now I get opportunities to talk about God, but like me I find that most scientists don’t have special scientific arguments against God (though some do…) but largely the same questions as everyone else. And definitely the same need as everyone else: the need to have their sins forgiven. It is definitely useful to be able to speak about the interaction between science and faith, it could be the difference that makes a scientist want to hear you out, but the furthest that conversation usually goes is a concession that a creator may exist. It is still the gospel that changes lives, Jesus’ death that brings life, and His Spirit who opens a person’s eyes and breathes that new life into them. So as you study, think about how your faith affects what kind of scientist you are, and how you want to talk about that with others, but above all pray. Pray diligently and earnestly to your loving Father whose desire is to forgive and bring life. Pray for the courage to explain the gospel properly, and for God to open the ears of your hearers.