Christian Beliefs in a Scientific Culture
In the culture of rapidly advancing scientific discoveries many people view Christian beliefs as obsolete. But are they really obsolete? Just because science has discovered so many new and exciting things is that a reason to quit believing that there may have been a Creator? Science sure hasn't found proof that we weren't created. Actually, science has found many things the Bible stated to be true or at the very least verifiable. Science believes the big bang created the universe, the Bible believes God created the universe. Either belief creates something from nothing. So couldn't it be said that science and Christianity agree? The Bible lays out the days of creation, science lays out billions of years of creation, both from nothing. Still, scientific discoveries have shown that the path to where we are now follows the outline of the Bible's path of creation, or at the very least the basics of it. The universe was nothing until an instance in which it suddenly appeared. Life was nothing until it suddenly appeared. Sure science shows that one celled organisms formed first but the Bible never really contradicts that. It actually seems to confirm that in a roundabout way. The void was filled with light, the oceans were filled with life. In science a big flash occurred then millions of years later the oceans began to fill with life. Once the oceans filled with life the plants began to grow. Eerily similar to the Bibles account, if you ask me. Once the ocean life started to become complex it began to evolve to land life. In the Bible land animals came shortly after ocean life was created. There were large animals discussed in the Bible, could those have been the dinosaurs that came before us? Humans came after land animals evolved in scientific discovery. The Bible also follows a similar pattern. Man named every animal that roamed the planet at the time. Science came up with complicated names for those same animals but in ancient times those animals already seemed to have names. Floods and other major disasters happened on Earth according to science and the Bible. Again, eerily similar patterns arise. Sure the time frame from the Bibles creation account and the scientific vary greatly but still the similarities are endless. In the Bible languages changed when the tower of Babel was being constructed and everyone was sent to different regions and began speaking different languages. A slightly different variation in the scientific community exists but it is not that dissimilar to the Biblical account. In science people spread from one central region and populated the Earth but there seems to be no specific reason for the change in languages in their description. Couldn't it be said that the reason languages changed was because humans were being punished by their Creator? Science and Christianity are really not too dissimilar. The are both based on faith, they both provide a description to how the universe and life were created, they both coincide with facts of major disasters that occurred, they both think they're right. So why is it so hard for people to let Christians believe in their account? Why do people try to dissuade others from believing in a Creator? Science is always changing and its facts are always being rearranged to fit current theories but the Bibles account has never changed. I think those who don't believe in a Creator are so afraid there might actually be something behind the accounts of the Bible that they do everything they can to dissuade any believer by making them feel like dumbed down fools. I think Christian beliefs are just as valid as scientific beliefs. I also think both require just as much faith in order to believe. Neither can really be proven, they both must just be believed. So really Christian beliefs in a scientific culture should not be discounted so easily. Those who believe in the Biblical account shouldn't be made to feel ashamed or stupid. Their claims should be investigated as factual until it can definitively be proven false. If science can't definitively find it to not be true then maybe scientists should lend more credence to the Biblical account. Until then maybe scientists, atheists, and all those who would rather trash Christians should lend an ear to learn something. Maybe something scientists have missed.
Can Christian beliefs and scientific beliefs coexist?
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.— Peter 3:9