There can be no difference between true science and true Christianity because both seek truth – and there is only ONE TRUTH!
Science inquires into the physical, and Christianity inquires into the spiritual. They make different inquiries in different ways, but both are part of the same quest for truth.
Conflicts between science and the Bible have resulted from a lack of knowledge at particular times in history but are eventually resolved with new discoveries about God's design.
In earlier times, Christians fought the theory advanced by Pythagoras that the earth is round, not flat.
They argued from four Bible verses that refer to 'the four corners of the earth.' The earth can't be round, they said, because the Bible says it has corners.
And they argued from eight verses that say 'to the end of the earth.' The earth can't be round, they said, because round has no end.
Christians once quibbled over 'corners' and 'ends' the way we quibble over 'days.'
Christians also fought the theory advanced by Copernicus that the earth revolves around the sun.
They said Psalm 104:5 ('He established the earth upon its foundations ...') and Psalm 93.2 ('... the earth is firmly established, it will not be moved') state clearly that the earth is not moving in space but is built upon firm foundations.
Christians quibbled over 'established' and 'foundations' the way we quibble over 'days.'
Even though they were unable to find any supporting Bible verses, Christians believed as a matter of principle that the earth occupies the central position in the universe because of its special God-given role.
They believed that the earth is the largest object and that the sun, moon and stars move across the sky subservient to the earth, which is the point of reference and purpose for everything in the universe.
They quibbled over 'center' the way we quibble over 'days.'
Eventually, with more knowledge, Christians accepted the fact that the earth is round, rotates around the sun, and is not the center of the universe.
These issues have nothing to do with Christology (the birth, life, teaching, death, atonement, and resurrection of Jesus Christ) but they are crucial to credibility of the Bible.
Conflicts in understanding and terminology are usually resolved over time as God allows us to make more discoveries, but many unnecessary controversies in the meantime erode confidence in the Bible.
Today, deep study of both the Bible and science can reconcile God's word with God's world. Properly understood, science is just our growing understanding of God's marvelous creation.
Science and the Bible are not enemies, even though science stops short of acknowledging deity and instead simply calls the cause 'a singularity.'
However, science makes a case for belief in a single almighty Designer/Creator God – ONE GOD, not many Gods.
For most of human history, people believed in a pantheon of gods. They believed that hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, and diseases were the wrath of angry gods who had to be appeased with offerings and rituals.
Many early Christians were persecuted and even put to death because they did not honor the local gods and thus were blamed for bringing harm upon their community.
Science has been a great help to Christianity by revealing a single master design plan, leaving no doubt that a pantheon of gods does NOT run the world and that natural disasters and illnesses are NOT caused by wrath of the gods but by natural laws emanating from an intelligent and predictable master plan for the universe.
For most people in the United States today, the choice is not which deity to worship, but whether or not to acknowledge and obey the ONE Designer/Creator God.
Many Christians think that an objective of science is to disprove the Bible. The reality, however, is that science is nothing more than millions of inquiring minds that pool knowledge about discoveries in the natural world.
Science is not a monolithic entity, and most scientists don't care one way or the other about God or the Bible. For most of them, God is an irrelevant and futile inquiry. Most scientists are agnostics, not atheists.
All science cares about is learning how the natural world works and how to accelerate accumulated know-how for improving human existence.
Science is not threatened by Christians. It's the other way around. Christians are threatened by science.
Generally speaking, Christians should regard scientists as inquisitive people who are discovering the marvels of God's creation without recognizing or acknowledging deity. That's not the same as being an enemy.
Christians should pay close attention to new scientific findings because often they are useful in reconciling God's word with God's world.