This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.2 /Thessalonians 2:9-12 NLT
Recently, I was having breakfast with a group of people when a young woman asked me, “Pastor, do you believe in science or do you believe in religion?” I understood what she was asking. Much of our culture today sees this as a real conflict, requiring a choice of allegiance. My response, I believe, came from the Holy Ghost, “I believe in both. My real goal is to find truth.” I went on to explain that when science and the things of God seem to be counter to each other, then we have not yet arrived at truth.
In our day, deception seems the norm. Paul tells the Thessalonians that the root of deception is a failure to love the truth. For the unbelieving world, that is a path ordained for destruction. For the Christian, deception can result in all kinds of problems: poverty, bondage, sickness, … you name it. It is easy to say that I love the truth, but to actually do so requires quite a lot of effort. Too often, I love comfort, both physical and emotional. In reality, I love to be considered right. I love to be well thought of. I love my political opinions and others who share them. I love my country, my church, and my sense of ease and comfort. I am smug by default. The problem is that truth will invariably challenge some of my other loves. Do I love truth enough to accept it, or do I simply “harrumph” and go on?
Here’s the point: When science or someone’s honest assessment of Scripture differ from what I think, it pays to stop and evaluate. If it makes me defensive, what am I defending? God’s Word is truth. My grasp of it is often imperfect. Science is a commitment to progressively discovering truth by evaluating evidence. At some point, the two will coincide. My job is to continue the quest, not build fortifications around today’s position.