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Monday, February 28, 2011

God and Science

I see so many religious people who are completely blind to some very important things in being both realistic and faithful in harmony--as much as is possible in this world for the average person, anyways.

God and science can work together.

God isn't a god of chaos, is He? Why would it be so impossible for science to be the how of God's creation? We're just humans, I doubt we'll ever be able to solve every question of science before the world ends. But science is made of up empirical evidence--its not like its a load of BS. Just because science is true doesn't necessarily mean that God is not true. It just means that God and science should work together, or you're probably the one that is wrong.

For instance, the idea that the world is only 6,000 years old that people get from the Bible. Why does that have to be the actual age of the earth? Its not doctrine. Its not essential to salvation, to being a good person, following God's commandments, or the nature of God. The Old Testament is impressively historically accurate, but we as Christians and as reasoning humans need to accept that some of it can be allegorical rather than literal without compromising it as God's Word.

I also think the absolute opposition to evolution is ridiculous, as well. I'm not saying that we evolved from apes or our first ancestors dragged themselves from primordial ooze, but I am saying that we didn't always look and act the way we do now. We are essentially just animals--why do we have to look exactly this way for to still be created in God's image (spiritually, since God is spirit John 4:24)? We are essentially animals in nature, and we have dominion and higher intelligence only because God gave it to us when He gave us individual spirits in His image. Other animals evolve and change over time, why are we such an exception?

Instead of being offended because the Bible isn't perfectly scientifically correct (although the Smithsonian states that its more correct than most other ancient documents) or that we might not have always looked quite the way we do now, we should rejoice at science and what it tells us of God.

Look around. Go outside and look at the sky. Take in the clouds, the blue sky, the sun, or whatever else is up there. See the beauty, the color. Marvel at the idea that there's almost certainly even more colors beyond our comprehension or ability to see. Imagine a sunset with even more colors. Look at a tree and marvel at the inner workings that make it live and grow so large despite having started from something so small. Marvel at how small you began. Then imagine how huge the universe is--and its still growing! Be stunned at the idea that eventually another galaxy is literally going to pass through the Milky Way, so that for a while the two galaxies will intersect. That is how God and science work together, in showing His awesomeness, creativity, and organization to us--no matter whether we've been around six thousand or six billion years.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

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