Available March 2015
The Introduction: Why Bother?
As Darwin published his Theory of Evolution, a split emerged between religion and science. Since then, like driving wedges into a tree stump, the opposing sides have hammered their views tightly into what has become a large divide. This modern split has been the most divisive ever.
Many scientists now refuse to discuss religious beliefs- some because they detest them, others because they fear retaliation from colleagues, employers, government, etc… Religion has become a taboo topic laced with career ending lawsuits and even jail-time. Freedom of religion has now become “freedom from religion” for those who detest it, and modern religion is largely at fault. Something has had to give in this conflict, and for most, it has been their spiritual beliefs. It should come as no surprise that the problem’s resolution will involve criticism of religion. Does modern religion really want a solution to this problem?
Most students of science have lived lifelong with this creation-centered conflict. They have used many substantiated theories and completely verifiable scientific laws, and as a result, understand well the rigor of the scientific method. Science, although not perfect, is about finding the truth no matter what it is. Only that which is provable and/or logical is science. Examples of science, to name only a few, are cosmology including the Big Bang Theory, biology with its Theory of Evolution, and geology with its many age dating methods. As reason predicts, these scientific topics all fit together perfectly. They are not some secret conspiracy against God. The natural sciences are in fact the study of creation, and at least in general, are undeniably true.
Inevitably, many religions condemn the sciences- especially the Theories of Evolution and the Big Bang. Instead of improving their biblical interpretations with the truth from science, many simply reject all that is contrary. Many fight “religiously” to prevent public schools from teaching modern science. They even contort the Bible to fit their religious beliefs. Their religions are stagnant, and life is leaving them. Then, there are the endless unanswered questions, many from science; all of which beg for reason; all of which beg for the truth; a few of which follow.
If the Bible is the truth, how could the creation story be contrary to science? If God created everything in six days, how could Earth be billions of years old? Why did God make many species of plants and animals only to destroy them? Did God make a mistake or just change his mind about dinosaurs? How could the ancients have known about creation since they were not there? If we evolved from monkeys, how could we have a soul? What is a soul anyway? Is it okay to know how God makes things? How could the creation story be myth yet God be real? Is myth acceptable when the general message is good? Wouldn’t a true creation story prove the existence of God? Why doesn’t God just show himself and eliminate all doubt? Shouldn’t it be okay to question the Bible? Do religions represent the truth about the Bible? Is the Bible so uselessly vague that it could mean anything? Is God vague? Faced with unending questions, many have assumed the creation story is common mythology.
Biblically, creation is evidence of God’s existence, yet many “believers” claim that the creation story is un-provable and is intended to be a test faith. Still others faithfully believe that the creation story somehow transcends common truth. However, those who stand rigidly behind their religious explanations will continue to be stuck with the fact that they cannot possibly prove the creation story true; at least not with any information that they have been willing to accept. They generally do not accept modern science.
Since they have not been able to make sense of it, many “believers” think humankind was not meant to understand the creation story. Yet, what possible purpose could a confusing biblical story serve? One should expect the Bible to clarify rather than uselessly confuse its readers. Moreover, one should expect a true creation story to make perfect sense in light of modern science.
There are many blatant technical problems with biblical creation- problems with interpretations at least. First and perhaps most fundamentally, biblical creation is not science, and never will be, but instead is a witnessed account of creation. It offers no scientific explanations. Other problems arise from theology’s failure to recognize the story’s description of changes in Earth’s early atmosphere including changes that affect visibility. Once beyond those failures, and with the addition of modern science, three simple keys to a full understanding of the creation story remain.
1) The creation story is about Earth and the story’s coverage began when Earth was in its infancy, when it was already orbiting the Sun.
2) The creation story author saw from ground level each of the scenes that make up the creation story- the common perspective of all of humanity, ancient and modern.
3) Each scene represents, not the beginning but instead, the substantial completion of the essentials to human survival such as air in a visibly clear atmosphere, water, land, and food.
The creation story’s scenes were displayed to the story’s author in what might be called a series of presentations in modern times. There were eight presentations. The entire series of presentations, like a TV mini-series, lasted six days. The scenes were, and are now, correctly ordered.
Science, an ever-improving understanding of creation, already proves these points and much more. One need not believe in God to see that the creation story is both provably true and substantive. In fact, what some would call mysticism is generally unacceptable in any proof. However, once proven true, it is impossible to explain the biblical creation story’s ancient existence unless a supreme being exists as well.
Why should one bother to know for sure of the existence God? Assuming that God does exist, clearly, that knowledge is the single most important thing anyone could know!