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Truth is Truth August 25, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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I often hear heated discussions concerning the contradiction between science and the Bible.  If I say: “the Bible is the word of God and the truth”, sometimes the response I get is: “you mean you don’t believe in the theory of evolution?”  First let me say in response to that exchange that truth is truth.  Properly understood spiritual truth will be in perfect agreement with properly understood scientific truth.  In other words if you see a conflict between your understanding of science and your understanding of the Bible, your understanding of one or the other or both is off. This goes both for the secular “scientist” who wants to throw out the Bible and the religious zealot who wants to throw out science.

A parenthetical point here: How did we get to a place where people are asking me to “believe in” a scientific theory?  Scientific theories don’t ask to be believed in.  The proper way to handle a theory is to prove or disprove it by an examination of the facts or an examination of data from various experiments designed to prove or disprove the theory.  The Bible on the other hand does ask you to believe in something.  The central premise of the Bile is that God has made promises and given instructions, the response God is looking for from us is to believe his promise and follow his instruction.  You believe because God is who he is, he has the power to do what he says and the honesty and integrity to follow through on what he has promised no matter how absurd it may seem. 

Back to science vs. the Bible.  I do not see a conflict in the facts.  The conflict is between various inferences both sides seem unable to distinguish from the facts.  This type of thing happens all the time, especially where the Bible is concerned.  In the 19th century when Darwin first proposed his theories, man’s imagination let fly with all sorts of unfounded inferences and a conflict arose as religious folk aggressively defended against these unfounded inferences.  We need to get our thinking out of the 19th century and begin to separate facts from inferences.       

The supposed conflict between science and the Bible is a spiritual stumbling block (designed in by God by the way) that needs to be overcome by both the secular “scientist” and the religious zealot.  Truth is truth, fact is fact, inferences like theories need to be very carefully examined and kept apart from the facts in our thinking to avoid this sort of confusion and conflict. If we are able to accomplish this we can be certain our beliefs rest on the firm foundation of the truth.

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