While doing my research and writing my book God’s Existence: Truth or Fiction? The Answer Revealed, I learned a very important lesson. That lesson was about why some Christians fear science so much. So, I now know the problem.
Some Christians fear science so much that they contend that the Bible is infallible and must be literally true. They sincerely believe deeply that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior and that he was crucified for our salvation. For them to acknowledge the truth of science is so difficult for them to believe because they erroneously think that the Bible and science are opposites. That is, to say, contradictory in what they say. For them to believe both means that they are “double-minded.” It is hypocritical to believe in two opposite beliefs at the same time. It’s unconscionable.
Of course, they would be right IF the two were in fact opposites. However, the two are not opposites, as I will demonstrate. When I was about 12 or 13, I observed that the Bible was created by God when he inspired people to write and organize the Bible. That seemed clear enough. But I then asked myself a key question: Who created science? The answer was simple. God himself created science because he created the whole universe, the earth and everything else in it.
If God created the Bible, and if God created science, then both must say the same thing. God cannot lie. Does any reasonable person believe that God is afraid of science? Is Jesus afraid of science? Absolutely NOT!!! Jesus himself said in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Real science is truth.
Science is objective because it relies on direct observations and experiments that repeatedly yield the same results if trying to prove a law of science. Science is a process in which a scientist performs experiments or observations and proposes a thesis. Other scientists perform the same experiments or observations but find different results. Then they propose another thesis or an antithesis. Still other scientists also perform experiments or observations and propose a synthesis of the earlier theses in their search to find a more accurate truth. Follow-up experiments confirm the synthesis or the original thesis, if no further synthesis is necessary. That is a normal process of science in which scientists progressively move closer and closer to the truth.
We need to realize that scientists are human beings just like us. That means they make mistakes, exaggerate, boast, and say things that are wrong—just like us. That means we need to carefully examine their claims and statements. In 1 John 4:1, it tells us to “test the spirits:” It says, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” The Bible is not merely talking about false religious prophets but also scientists or anybody in any field who make claims about anything.
When some Christians claim that God created the universe, the earth and everything in seven days (He rested on the seventh day), that does not mean that God created everything in seven days of 24 hours according to our human time frame. It does mean that God created everything in seven God-days. 2 Peter 3:8 says, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” I would suggest the God who created the galaxies that have billions of stars and our universe that has billions of galaxies is FAR greater than that comparison. We humans cannot begin to understand how big and how great God is. 1 Corinthians 3:19 says, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” In Isiah 55:8-9, it says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I suggest a God-day is at least millions of years in human terms or more probably billions of years. I further claim that the Bible’s account of creation in seven days is probably true. That means that God created everything in six periods of time and rested during the seventh period of time, according to God-days. Obviously, we can’t prove it for sure. That is one example to show how the Bible and science say the same thing.
What this means is that Christians can accept reasonable science but need to examine scientific claims more carefully that appear more questionable. We need to be careful when scientists get sloppy or careless in their writings and conclusions. Such a claim may be incomplete, inaccurate, exaggerated, or plainly wrong.
For example, most scientists believe in the Big Bang theory to account for the creation of the universe. Supposedly, a Big Bang occurred in the beginning that involved an explosion of a high-density, high temperature mass that expanded. However, scientists neglect to explain who created the explosion or who created the high-density, high temperature mass. Normally, it is understood by most people that any explosion destroys instead of constructs things. Professor Sjoerd Bonting asks a serious question: How can an explosion create anything if there is nothing there to begin with in order to have an explosion? If nothing explodes, it will yield nothing. Right?
Why would any person accept such foolishness, as the Bible phrases it? If you have any comments about this blog, we would be happy to hear from you. It doesn’t matter whether or not you agree or disagree with me. If you’re interested in my feedback, I would be happy to respond to you. Please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you are welcome to use the contact page on my website garyrlindberg.com, if you prefer.