Thursday, October 2, 2014

Is Denying the Literal Truth of the Bible Weakening Science?

It's common fare these days for even believing Christians to deny the literal truth of the Bible. Few people take seriously the idea that God created the Earth in 7 days. Some deny that there was a flood that covered the whole earth. It's rare to meet someone who loves science AND accepts the Bible as being the literal truth in these matters. Yet here is a thought that I had last night. It's quite possible that denying the literal truth - or at least the possibility that the Bible may be literally true - may be hurting science.

Science Starts With Questions

Science comes when we ask questions and challenge assumptions. When we start off with the assumption that something can't have happened because we haven't seen it happen or because we can't imagine how it happened, we limit ourselves to only what we can measure and document. We close doors that might be able to be opened if we were willing to ask "How could this be possible" instead of saying "That's impossible."

Questions Open the Mind to Possibilities

Nobody had seen man fly until Oliver and Wilbur Wright made it happen. There was no way to measure it or document it before then. They had to operate on the supposition that what seemed impossible was possible. Because they operated on the belief that maybe it was possible - despite the evidence they found that didn't support that notion - they were willing to try and try and try again until at last they succeeded. Now we take flight for granted, but once it was something we thought was impossible.

Questions Challenge Assumptions

Many people denied the possibility of a virgin birth until medical science developed invitro fertilization and the impossible became possible.  If we are ever going to get to a point where we can terraform other planets, we're going to have to challenge the assumption that it isn't possible to make a whole planet and make it human being friendly in less than billions of years. We are going to have to stop telling ourselves "it isn't possible" and instead ask ourselves, "How could this be possible?"  What forces would be needed and what would have to be done?

Quantum Physics: Untangling the Possibilities

String theory explains how God might have been able to speak the worlds into existence. Speech is nothing more than creating vibrations of sound. We don't fully understand how it works yet, but from what we do understand different strength vibrations can produce different particles like photons, neutrons, and protons. String theory also posits that in addition to the three dimensions we can see (width, length, and height) plus time, there are 7 additional dimensions we can't see, which would explain why there are creatures like angels and demons that operate primarily in the unseen realms. String theory actually explains many parts of the Bible that previously weren't explainable.

Assumptions and Arrogance Weaken Science

The intellectual elite may fancy that they are doing science a favor by being "reasonable" and ignoring what they can't explain or don't have proof happened as a fiction or a myth, but they may well be weakening science in ways they did not anticipate by teaching future generations to reject what seems impossible without asking any further questions. A closed mind cannot explore possibilities, but science is built on the shoulders of men and women who dared to ask "What if?" and "How could that be?" in the face of the seemingly impossible.

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