Science

Science and technology are in fact wonderful parts of our history and our future. Much of the Christian belief systems teach that science and the Bible contradict one another, but do they? Archeologists have tried for many centuries now to prove and disprove the historical events in the Bible. The problem with searching for something to prove a truth or a fiction is that history, especially history that has been buried for thousands of years, is subject to many different interpretations. I think it is funny how all these relics, even when discovered, have no power to prove or disprove their history. Yes, we have discovered chariot wheels from Pharos armies buried underneath the Red Sea, and the burnt sister cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Even though these things have been unearthed, just as many reputable scientists disagree with the findings than agree with them. What does this prove? It proves that people will choose to believe whatever they want based on fact, fiction, or faith.
Let’s start with “fact”. The Webster definition of a fact is, “A truth known by actual experience or observation.” The word is derived from the Latin word Factum which translates as; a deed, act, accomplishment, exploit. Our society uses the word as; something that has been proven. Science is based on theory, fact, and a few laws. Our belief in certain scientific laws and standards are based on our belief of “fact”, but what is fact? My opinion, based on the definition, is that it is only fact if you have experienced it yourself or have actually done it yourself. How many things in this world do us as humans accept as fact without ever questioning why we accept those things as fact? I am not suggesting everyone go buy a microscope and start proving the existence of atoms ourselves. This is a simple thought exercise. We believe in gravity because we can see it. Wait! We can’t see gravity, but we can see the effects of gravity. I believe in it because when I drop something it falls. However, what about Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, which gives a completely different idea of what gravity is? You see a fact is only good until the next guy proves it wrong. How many decisions do we make about our own belief systems that are based on “fact”? This is true in regards to science and faith.
We are going to take a short side step into a little deeper controversial conversation. Let’s look at the age of the earth. The Bible takes us back roughly 6000 years, or does it? Creationists say yes, but science proves no. That belief depends on if you read it literally, or figuratively, or both (which is a contradiction in and of itself). The Bible is, just as all things from God are, left up to interpretation. Interpretation is why we have men who dedicate their lives to researching history, the Greek and Hebrew languages, and the Bible in order to give us a better understanding and clarification. At the same time, science tells us that the Earth is 50 Million years old. They base this off the “fact” that Carbon 14 deteriorates at a certain interval, exists in all matter, and can be measured. Now I am not going to go in depth into Carbon 14 dating you can look up the information yourself. Here is my point, to believe the Bible is to believe in faith, and to believe in the scientific answer is to believe in “fact”. Hold up! That previous statement is contrived from a historical fight between Creationism and Evolution, and it’s only partially true. I see it as belief in science and belief in the Bible are both equally “fact” and faith based. Well here’s the reality; the Bible and Science co-exist in teaching us about history. Here is an excerpt from Rich Deem on the subject, “The Bible establishes a minimum date for the creation of human beings on the sixth “day” of ~50,000 years ago. However, because the Bible clearly indicates the length of the previous five creation “days,” are longer than ordinary solar days, we must look to God’s creation to establish an accurate date for the length of the days and the age of the earth. The age of the earth is most accurately established by examining the age of its rocks, along with the age of rocks from the moon and meteorites, which were formed around the same time. All these measurements indicate that the earth is just over 4.5 billion years old. Measurement of the ages of some of earth’s features establish a minimum age for those features that is in the hundred of thousands to millions of years. Since most of the measurement merely involve the counting of annual layers, they are unlikely to be grossly inaccurate. Therefore, the young earth paradigm that the earth is merely 6,000 years old is falsified by both the Bible and science. The vast ages of the earth does not diminish the power and glory of God, but establishes that God thought that preparing the earth for human habitation was worth the billions of years of preparation. Since God is not subject to the temporal dimension of this universe, it all happened “instantly” for Him.
“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. “Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. “Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? “Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food? (Job 12:7-11) “.
Science is a faith, as is a belief in God. As Science seeks to understand our physical world, Biblical teachers seek to understand our spiritual world. Both Science and Biblical teachings recognize a physical and spiritual world.
Fiction is also a system of assimilated religion. If you don’t believe me, look at the “Left Behind” book series, which solidified a belief in a non-biblical teaching of the rapture for a great deal of Christians and it is a fictional book. Watch your TV for a couple of days and look at the fiction our great country paints for our children. This is a fiction that they believe in and gear their lives toward. This religion of fiction has been breeding attitudes of self-entitlement, freedom without consequences, poor work ethic, and epic consumerism. There is also “The Secret” also known as The Law of Attraction, which has people believing that if they think about something enough it will materialize for them. This also devastates the above-mentioned consequences.
Faith is according to Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” If we accept that idea throughout all of our life, then we would have to apply science to faith, simply because we do not see it but we believe in it. The difference is that in science alone you have faith in the physical world only. Understanding who God is can help open your heart to the idea of a creator that created a world and allowed it to evolve. Here is a synopsis on my thoughts of creation and evolution; science has shown that matter is built of atoms, which have a nucleus with charged particles circulating around it. These are the building blocks of all known life and they move continuously. This is where I will lose most evolutionists, but hey, it’s a different perspective. The Bible says that it is Gods breath that gives life (when he breathed life into Adam). I currently believe that Gods breath is what gave motion, or energy to the atoms causing the particles to rotate, produce, and create. God gave life the ability to create life, grow, and evolve. I don’t know how old the earth is, but I do know that even if its 100 billion years old, Gods breathe gave motion to it. It evolved into a place that people could live and God breathed life into Adam. I’m sure Christians will disagree, and I’m sure the Science community will also disagree. However, remember one thing, every day science is revealing new truths about our physical world, and every day God is revealing new truths about himself and our spiritual world. What we believe today about science will change tomorrow and what we understand about God and the Bible today will also change tomorrow. Man uses science to better understand the world, which I believe, was ultimately created by God and set free to evolve over a very long period of time.

J. Cole

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6 thoughts on “Science

  1. Shane told me about your blog and actually let me read your post on Science from his i-phone. I am intrigued by what seems to be a rather liberal Christian world-view shared by you and Shane. I look forward to following your blog to see where this open-mindedness leads you.

  2. According to the US Geological Survey the age of the earth is actually 4.54 Billion years old. This is determined by Radiometric age dating of meteorite material. One half life of Carbon 14 is about 5,370 years but the process is accurate for up to 10 half lifes. This means that accurate dating is possible for material around 50,000 years old… dates become less and less acurate beyond 10 half lifes requiring the mathematical “assumed” calculations you mentioned.

    • Thank you for posting Trae. It’s good to see other thoughts on my writing. Both religious and non-religious people will disagree with where my stance is on most issues. I encourage everyone to please comment regardless. Faith is an accepted beilef in something you can not prove to anyone but yourself and I am glad to hear your beilef on the age of the earth.

      Thanks,
      J. Cole

  3. When most people refer to a “fact,” they are talking about something which is definitely, absolutely and unquestionably true. Scientists use it in a differnt context. This quote from Stephen Jay Gould illustrates the issue nicely: “In science ‘fact’ can only mean ‘confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional consent.”
    – Taken from an article written by Austin Cline entitled “What are Hypotheses, Theories, Facts in Science?
    Developing Ideas and Explanations in Science”
    A great read…I highly recommned it. You can access it at http://atheism.about.com/od/philosophyofscience/a/ScienceFacts.htm

    • Doesnt the relevance (truth) of a fact hing on its ability to be proven or disproven. A choice in one fact or another fact is a choice in belife. Truth is a statement of relativity, which is why we all believe different things about like issues. Scientific “fact” is only fact until greater understanding disproves it. So simply any belief whether it be in fact or faith is solely a choice we make based on what we choose to accept.

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