The main message, at the very heart of Christianity, is that Jesus died on the cross, bearing the punishment of death that we rightly deserved, so that we would not have to.
The Bible notes in several passages that death is the direct result of our rebellion against God (Genesis 2:17, Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23). This understanding does indeed contradict the modern scientific understanding of the world which says that death is a necessary part of our evolution. After all, how can “survival of the fittest” work if nothing ever died before humans rebelled?
But should this contradiction really surprise us? Many modern scientists refuse to acknowledge that God has a place in scientific thinking. They say that science should only tell us about what is directly observable and repeatable. Being neither, God falls outside
of science. But is this true?
Christians say that scientific laws work because that is God’s normal way of doing things. I am not talking about using God to explain all the things we can’t explain scientifically. Rather I am saying that even the things that we can explain by science work because that is the way God does it. Indeed the Bible tells us that God not only created the world (Genesis 1:1), but that He keeps it running
(Colossians 1:17). The reason we can understand anything about the world by science is that God has chosen to govern the universe in a predictable, observable way.
Therefore, if you believe that you must never refer to God in your understanding of the world, as some scientists do, then you are bound to make mistakes. The truth is that the only way to understand the world is with reference to the God who created it and sustains it.
The Bible tells us that people don’t want to believe in God, and so God lets them believe whatever they invent for themselves (Romans
1:18-25, 2 Thessalonians 2:11). In fact, it even goes so far as to say that no-one ever knew God through wisdom (including science and philosophy), and so God chose something much simpler (and seemingly more foolish) to reveal the truth about the Himself and the world - his Son on a cross (1 Corinthians 1:21).