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How Christianity and Science Coexist 2

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The faith of the Christian is founded not on unverifiable statements, but on an evidential truth statement that can be tested and known to a high degree of probability.

Paul points out the foundational nature of Jesus’ resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. He writes that if Jesus was not raised from the dead, then our faith is in vain (v. 14). If Jesus remained dead, then our faith is worthless, and we’re still in our sins (v. 17). If we put our hope in Christ only for this life, we should be pitied more than everyone else (v. 19).

The truth of Christianity, the validity of our faith is grounded in the historical evidence that leads us to conclude Jesus physically rose from the dead. Namely, the historically reliable manuscripts of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, Christianity be damned. But praise be to God! “Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has also come the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:20–22).

With the overgrowth cut back, we see science and Christianity together in the clearing. Christianity and science can coexist because both make the same type of assertions:  evidential statements. These are claims we can test externally and find to be true or false to a probable degree. It’s in this clearing where the tension between the two eases, and the truth of the Gospel also comes into view: Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God, who died for you and the forgiveness of your sin, and He rose from the dead to give you life everlasting.
Kyle G. Jones 


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