Science is built on the concept of cause and effect. In science we know that there is a cause for everything. Are we going to claim that science demonstrates there is a cause for everything except for the creation of our solar system–or our universe? If there is a cause for everything, then there must be a cause for everything including the galaxy and the universe. There can be no exceptions. We cannot pick or choose where truth exists and deny it in other areas that may be inconvenient for us to believe.
We discussed how huge our galaxy and our universe are. Can we presume to assert that such a vast array of billions of stars simply organized themselves in an arbitrary way or by accident into galaxies and developed the entire universe? If all life is non-directed, then we must explain how all the orderliness can exist. If all life is directed, then it becomes more clear that an intelligent force created humans, all the laws of science, galaxies, and the entire universe.
Despite being an avowed atheist, Paul Davies stated his belief in his book The Mind of God “that the laws of nature [i.e. science] are real objective truths about the universe, and that we discover them rather than invent them.” Davies further points out that these laws exist independently of other knowledge. There are “regularities,” in other words, patterns and rhythms that are found in life, even extending to atoms and “their constituents.” Davies states unequivocally, “The existence of regularities in nature [i.e. science] is an objective mathematical fact.”
If an intelligent force, or what we may choose to call God, created humans, all laws of science, galaxies, and the universe, it presupposes that that intelligent force or God must be greater and more powerful than the universe to be capable of creating the entire universe. According to this new theory, God created the everything during a certain period of time. Scientists have estimated that occurred about “10,000 millions of years” ago. Because God is omnipotent, there was no limitation to his creative power at the time of creation. While he did not need pre-existing matter, he may have chosen to create matter to use in his process of creation of the universe and everything in it. Also, while he did not have any pre-existing physical laws or laws of the universe when he acted, it did not preclude him from creating laws of science to facilitate his steps of creation. Laws cannot create themselves. There must be a source, a creator. After the creation of the universe, God created the earth, seas, mountains, dry land, as well as the creatures of the sea and land, and ultimately humans.
How can we interpret and explain the differences between the Bible and science? Who created the Bible? Who created science? While a young teenager, I realized that God in essence created the Bible by inspiring humans to write it and organize it. It dawned on me that God also created science. So, it became obvious to me that the Bible and science say the same thing about creation. They both just use different words. Since we know that God cannot lie or contradict himself, both sources must say the same thing, even though there are differences in languages and descriptions. The real difference between the Bible and science is basically humankind’s misinterpretation of the Bible, misinterpretation of science, or misinterpretation of both the Bible and science.
As a young man, I noticed that people used to quote the Bible, which claimed that 1,000 years was a blink of an eye to God. Nowadays more recent translations of the Bible phrase the same point somewhat differently, but they carry a similar meaning. The point is God, the Creator of the universe, cannot be confined to our human thinking process or sense of time such as twenty-four hours in a day. If the Bible says that God created the whole world in six days and then rested on one day, that does NOT mean God acted in accordance with humankind’s perception of six twenty-four hour periods of time. It means that God acted in accordance with six days from God’s perspective of six twenty-four hour periods of time. In contrast, science says that the creation and development of the earth and then humankind took millions and millions of years. If God is as immense a being as is suggested here, one day to God is most likely millions of years from the human perspective. How does it make sense to confine God to humankind’s perspective of time?
If we look at time from God’s perspective of time, we probably will find six distinct periods of time while God performed his creation–in the manner described by the Bible–six God-days instead of six human days. And the seventh period, he rested. That is how both the Bible and science say the same thing.
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