Science and Progress

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.”—Psalm 33:6 (NKJV)

I’m not a theoretical physicist by any stretch of the imagination, but for years I’ve been intrigued by the study of quantum physics, which seeks to explain the nature and origin of the universe. Particularly, I’m fascinated by string theory and the notion that subatomic particles (things smaller than atoms that make up matter) are not necessarily fixed objects, but rather “strings” that pulsate. 

Before you suggest I go back and read Genesis Chapter 1, let me clarify that I don’t believe faith and science are competing fields. While many scientists are certainly trying to disprove Scripture, I believe the more they discover about the universe, the more the evidence points toward God, not away from Him.

What do I mean? Take today’s verse from Psalm 33, for example. It corresponds to the creation account in Genesis by stating that God spoke the heavens into existence. Similarly, string theory—stay with me here—proposes that “the fundamental constituents of the universe are one-dimensional ‘strings’ rather than point-like particles. What we perceive as particles are actually vibrations in loops of string, each with its own characteristic frequency,” according to Symmetry magazine [emphasis added]. 

In other words, scientists claim the stuff that makes up life, including the earth, the moon, and the stars, is actually vibrating. Why is that significant? Because sound waves cause things to vibrate, and what I am suggesting is that every invisible particle in the universe is still reverberating from the sound of God’s voice speaking them into existence. Call it what you will—string theory or creationism—the entire universe echoes with the truth that God is the originator and sustainer of all we see and all we don’t.

Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV) says, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” So, no matter what scientists might say or how out of control the world may sometimes appear, rest assured the One whose voice spoke everything into being is still holding it all (including you!) together—and what a beautiful sound it is.

DIG: Do you wrestle with how well scientific facts line up with Scripture? Take some time to study the harmonies that exist between the Bible and scientific discoveries. Check out Answers In Genesis to get you started. 

DISCOVER: Read God’s response to Job in Chapters 38-41. What does this passage tell you about God’s character? What should our response be to our circumstances in light of who He is?

DO: The next time you look up at the night sky, take some time to worship God for speaking it into existence and sustaining you each day. 

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.