Wednesday, Feb. 26
We have another example of “I’m right: you’re wrong” in the Science vs. Bible controversy. This has been in our world for a long time, probably way back to the beginning. It certainly was a problem in Egypt with the Pharaoh and his magicians, and with Israel harassed on every side by the world powers around them. It was evident during the captivity period, with the Assyrians, the Babylonians, followed by the Medes and Persians, then the Greeks, and finally the Roman Empire. But most of us remember the issue coming to a head during the Dark Ages. Here was a classic example of science in conflict with religion. Actually, both the church and the state held wrong beliefs. They agreed that the sun rotates about the earth. I suppose that is not too surprising when we realize that sinful men from Adam on thought of themselves as the center of their own little world. What is interesting to me is that the men who died at the stake because they believed the world rotated around the sun were godly men, while also being good scientists. Some of them withheld their real beliefs for a long time because they knew that if their true beliefs were known, they would die. Sad indeed! At this point I would like to offer a simple solution, which, I fear, will not be too well received by either the scientific world or the religious world, to say nothing about the Dems and the GOP. Anyway, for what it’s worth, here’s the way to deal with the problem. God is truth. He cannot be wrong. God is the Creator of the universe. All of what we call science is His unique domain. He is also the author of the Bible, giving us a revelation that is totally true—simply because He is true. Since He is the author of both Science and the Bible, they cannot possibly be in conflict. OK, so what is the problem? It has to be one of two things. Either one’s view of science is skewed or one’s interpretation of the Bible is skewed. If all parties recognized this, there should be a concerted effort to find out how one or the other is skewed. But no, the “I’m right; you’re wrong” attitude prevails. [On the brighter side, there are a few scientists and a few Christians that do not fall into this combative posture.] Human beings tend to take sides and then go all out for that side and end up hating the others. Why do Oregonians get rabid about the University of Oregon? Why are southern Californians gung ho for the Dodgers? Why is Alabama hated in all states east of the Mississippi River? I guess I’m a skeptic! I don’t think sinful man can help himself. But maybe this will throw a little light on the issue for a few of you. I welcome responses.