Christian Worldview Part II: The Reflection of Research Design and Program Evaluation Within the Scriptures
Lisa R. Murray
Liberty University







Abstract
Does the Bible have a legitimate link to science; its methods and the research? Can we see God and His very presence and preeminence within counseling, psychology and the detailed research that is a part of this process? Some would be quick to reply that just as our government has not placed a dividing line between churches and state that these sciences and approaches and the Bible cannot coexist, nor can God be related to or connected to these disciplines. But from a Christian perspective how can we say the same when we understand the foundation of all truth comes from God. In Colossians 1:16 in the Amplified Bible it reads: ?For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him? (Bible Gateway, AMP 2012). In Revelations 4:11 it reads, ?Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created? (2012). If God?s word is the preeminent Word of God how can we deny that God can be seen in the very methods employed by scientific methodology? This Paper will examine the connections between Biblical truths and scientific methodology, research and its elements.
Keywords: Biblical, Christian Worldview, correlation, methodology, prediction, observation







Christian Worldview Part II: The Reflection of Research Design and Program Evaluation Within the Scriptures
I once heard a Pastor who was also one of my religion teachers say, ?God is in our yesterday, our today and He is in our future. As we have watched as our World leadership has taken the acknowledgement of God out of so many elements, it still remains difficult as a Christian to accept what we know is opposing to God?s word and truth. I Chronicles 29:12-14 reminds us, ?2 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.13 ?O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!? (NLT, 2012) as we reflect upon every area of what is science, methodology, process and a means to evaluate of judge them, we cannot negate the presence of God. For without Him, could any of what we utilize be? No because everything was and is before we were, because He was and is!
There is an order and a hierarchy to all that we have obtained and as it states in Ecclesiastes 1:9, ?History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.? (NLT, 2012). Often the misguided thinking of man, leads us to believe that we have created and we have developed, but truly God has created all things and He created us, how could we begin to think that anything originated with us outside of sin, and even then, God already knew. Seeking to understand the methods of today should always lead us to what already has been and of course to the one who created all things. Psalms 100:3, reminds us of this very fact, ?Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.? (AMP, 2012).
Genesis 2:19-20: Classification
And out of the ground the Lord God formed every [wild] beast and living creature of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name. 20 And Adam gave names to all the livestock and to the birds of the air and to every [wild] beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him (AMP, 2012).
God created everything in perfection, even man. Man was given God