Science and Religion

Science and Religion

More and more, we hear of it. It is a battle that has been waged for decades, if not centuries. It is the battle between scientists and the Bible. Scientists believe that their interpretations are correct because of their observations of the things that occur naturally. Most scientists, particularly those that aren’t Christians, believe that there are laws of the physical world which cannot be contradicted and anything that is reported to contradict the natural laws has an explanation that harmonizes with these natural laws which hasn’t been discovered.

Evangelical theologians, those theologians that believe in the inspiration and infallibility of the “evangel” or the Bible, believe that the Christian scriptures are inspired or “God breathed.” While none of these theologians (or at least an overwhelming majority) would insist that they completely understand everything written in the scriptures, they believe that what is plainly stated is factual, including miraculous events that are reported. By definition, miracles are those events which transcend the laws of nature or have no natural explanation.

Non-believing scientists dismiss anything that is supernatural, including the miracles that attest to the validity of Jesus. However, they readily accept that the universe spontaneously erupted from nothing at the big bang. (Please explain to me how the initial singularity differs from nothing. If you can explain that, where did the singularity come from?) They willingly believe that all the variety of life emerged from a “primordial soup,” Some atheists ascribe to the “natural explanation” that aliens flew here from a distant planet on a spaceship and planted the seeds of life. If theologians claim there are things in the Bible that we simply can’t understand or explain, and scientists say the same in their biology or physics textbooks, how are we so different?

I admit I have that I have not studied science to the same degree as an astrophysicist However, astrophysicists do not claim to be omniscient. They will readily admit that there is a ton that they still haven’t figured out. They have of invent wild theories about an infinite number of universes with infinite possibilities to account for all the finely tuned conditions that have resulted in life. They surmise that we just happen to have landed in the right universe. (Talk about winning the lottery!) But yet, they believe that plausible answers are there and so they keep striving to understand them.

Theologians admit the same. They do not understand everything. How can a single God exist in three persons? How can God be infinitely powerful and yet men have freewill? Though they admit they don’t know, they have theories and seek to find answers. But Christians still believe that they will someday find the answers, just as scientists continue to seek their answers.

Isn’t it odd? That the more that science advances and the more that we understand the spiritual realm, the more our theories seem to confirm each other. Before Edwin Hubble, the predominant scientific theory of the universe was that it was eternal. It had always been here and it always would be. However, Hubble confirmed that the universe had a beginning, just as the biblical record confirmed.

Likewise, theologians once believed that our planet was the center of the universe. All the other heavenly bodies orbited around us. But, the theologians were wrong. Galileo proved that our planet, as well as, the other planets orbited the sun. Today, theologians have no problem admitting Galileo was correct. We have, in fact, learned that even the sun is not the center. Our solar system is only a small part of our vast universe.

Darwin’s theory of evolution was supposedly the death of the biblical belief that God created life. Darwin postulated life slowly evolved from simple organisms to the complex animals we see today. However, scientists realized that life hadn’t evolved slowly, but rather suddenly during the Cambrian period of earth’s existence. This supports the biblical claim that God created all life on the fifth and sixth “days” of creation. The evolutionary theory says life began in the oceans, just as the bible claims and eventually man was the penultimate creature just as the bible claims.

Did creation happen in six literal days? Some, Hugh Ross, for example, believe that we can reconcile the biblical account with the theory of an older earth. We should continue to seek to understand the truth. I believe we will eventually reach the conclusion that we didn’t fully understand what the biblical account was telling us, nor did we completely understand the geological, biological, and astronomical evidence presented to us. The truth is more complex than any of us know.

As I said, I am not a scientist. If I have misrepresented anything scientist believe or have shown my ignorance of science, please let me know in the comments below.

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