25 Jun 2019

About Science and False Assumptions

Submitted by John T Reagan

The Sombrero Galaxy as imaged by the Hubble Telescope

The other day I added a paragraph to the introductory notes I’ve been taking for Genesis and am sharing it below.  I hope it helps you as you think through issues like this while you study the Bible.

It is common to hear the claim made that there is a conflict between science and what is written in the Bible.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Often you will hear people say, "The Bible wasn't written as a scientific text, it was written as a religious text," and then try to use that assumption to discount the science that the Bible discusses.  Of course, a statement of that sort that begs the question of how the description of creation contained in the Bible fits into the currently popular scientific model.  The truth is that there is no conflict between observable scientific evidence, and what is set forth in the Bible!  The conflict comes when unproven theories are advanced by anti-religious men and then those theories are presented as if they were fact.  The Bible deals with truth and that truth most certainly does conflict with false theories and false assumptions that have no scientific basis.  In 1 Corinthians 1:17-31, the apostle Paul lays out how the "wisdom" of men is actually "foolishness".  Nothing illustrates that better than the supposed conflict between what is written in the Bible and the pseudo-science that we are inundated with in today's world.  That pseudo-science is, in God’s eyes, foolishness.  We should regard it that way as well.  What you read here in Genesis is scientific fact.  When you start from that position, it really isn’t difficult to fit the things we observe about life, our planet and the universe into a framework that has God at its center.  That really shouldn’t surprise anyone.  After all, if you are a Christian, then living your life with God as your center is what you are all about.