If God inspired the Bible, then it cannot conflict with science
An essay by Dawn Wessel from her book titled 'Science:
Champion of the Bible' 1
"I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or
that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His
thoughts; the rest are details." Albert Einstein
Mr. Einstein was not the only one to wonder about such things. He would have
asked penetrating questions and obviously the religious answers he got did not
satisfy his inquiring mind. However, if the Bible was
inspired by the same person who created the universe, it should be able to
answer this query to some satisfaction.
But what if what we always thought we knew about the Bible was nothing like it
really is? And though Christianity and the Bible have always been portrayed
synonymously, what would happen if we discovered they are not the same???
Although depicted mostly as a 'religious' book, the Bible is really more a book
of 'science'. The reason why Christianity and other Bible-based religions often
disagree on doctrine is because the interpreters attempt to explain that which
must be 'self-interpreting'. Contained within the Bible itself is the method for
interpretation. This methodology is scientifically sound and refutes many
long-held foundational Bible-based doctrines.
Mr. Darwin – The Keen Observer:
Governing edicts in early U.S. universities were often established by church
clergymen who genuinely and sincerely believed there were certain things about
God and creation which were beyond question. But things changed and leaders of
higher learning began to realize that freedom to question all things is a
necessary step to arriving at 'truth'. And in fact that questioning would
actually eliminate error because the more an idea or thought is scrutinized the
more sure will be the certainty of the thing.
Fantasy must give way to fact as everything is examined under close analysis.
When a persons' doctrine or belief system is challenged with credible arguments,
it is an underlying fear that their philosophies will be found to be erroneous
which causes panic and an emotional reflex action of anger and defensiveness.
However, only when a theory is investigated closely and found to be consistent
over time does it then become an established fact. This is what science attempts
Early scientists often met with resistance to their observations and Mr.
Darwin was no exception. Any initial observation begins with a 'hypothesis'
based on 'present evidence' and only consistent study will either corroborate or
refute that. However, most often the initial assumption is partially correct and
the observer builds upon that information. This all takes a good deal of time
though and the process cannot be rushed.
Mr. Darwin's theories threw the religious community of his day into a frenzy,
seeming to question the very foundation of Judeo-Christianity. But then, what if
God created life with only basic building blocks, but which allowed it to evolve
and adapt, making nature self-sustaining? (If nature cannot sustain itself then
God is not a very good creator!!!) The idea created havoc in Bible-believing
circles. Christians were afraid the very backbone of society was being eroded
and so fought Mr. Darwin's theories with vehemence, often misconstruing his
ideas. And yet religious institutions really owe Mr. Darwin a debt of gratitude
and an apology because when he observed nature he was seeing into the very mind
of the creator of the universe.
To inquiring minds, Darwin's ideas were like a locomotive engine that had run
away leaving the rest of the train behind. There was no stopping the interest
his observations had generated.
Yes Mr. Darwin made some remarkable statements. But why should that be
intimidating? If nature was created by the God of the Bible and all Mr. Darwin
did was observe that creation and hypothesize based upon what he studied,
wouldn't that make him God's defender rather than God's enemy?
Early paleontologists also met with great resistance from the Christian
community who often refused to even consider evidence. The age of the bones
according to science, contradicted Biblical ideas about the age of the earth.
When evidence of dinosaurs became even stronger and impossible to ignore,
Christians began looking for Biblical evidence to justify their acceptance of
Reference in the Bible to a creature called 'Leviathan' is thought to be
referring to a dinosaur, although the Hebrew definition is translated 'crocodile
or alligator' but I personally think that is erroneous. There is also the
description of 'behemoth' in Job 40:15-23, this creature 'moves his tail like a
cedar'. Hebrew interprets the word as 'water-ox' or 'Hippopotamus' but a Hippo
does not 'move his tail like a cedar'. These references do not clearly show
Biblical evidence for the existence of dinosaurs, their existence was already
established when the first bones were discovered. And of course science dates
even the latest dinosaurs well before Job's time.
Science does not tell nature how to behave but initially studies how it all
works. Nature really dictates to us! Science only firstly 'observes' nature and
then 'philanthropic' technology will try to manipulate that to the benefit of
humankind. Albeit scientific theory is not always correct but the process has to
begin somewhere. However, regarding science and religion, if ever there exists
controversy over 'irrefutable evidence (a completely intact, in the ground
dinosaur skeleton is irrefutable fact)' then it has to be 'religion' that is in
error because, again, nature cannot lie.
Rather than trying to dictate the way things work scientists let nature teach
them and made incredible strides. Today we look to the scientific community for
answers about nature and it is very evident that without science we would still
be in the dark ages. Not everything is good but there are many things that are
better and that is progress.
Although both religion and science survived the tumultuous times and manage to
co-exist within present society, they are still often at odds. However, it is
now apparent that science has gained the upper-hand and now the pendulum has
swung the other way (the pendulum always swings the other way). Today most
everyone, including the religious, recognize the benefit of higher education.
I am not suggesting that science is infallible, there are examples where errors
have been made; i.e. the wrong head on the wrong dinosaur, etc. Science is
continually changing it's mind as new discoveries are made, however, where there
is irrefutable evidence for something or close enough to, everyone should
listen. Far too often concerning science where it appears to refute the Bible,
religion in the past and at times even now, throws the baby out with the
Many scientists frustrated by illogical religion threw away all notions of a
divine God and became contemptuous towards anything to do with the Bible. When I
mention the Bible to a scientist in any field, I have always met with that same
cold silence which screams 'get your head out of the dark ages'. Yet science and
the Bible should be working together and regarding the Bible, science must be
willing to bow to the same rules of serious evidence as they expect regarding
their scientific work. If the Bible was inspired by the same divine being who
created nature then nature and God and the Bible must be the same things!!!
Many years ago astronomers told us the universe began with a Big Bang and
Christian communities were affronted, once again thinking this theory refuted
the Bible's account of creation. However, the Bible actually agrees with this;
Isaiah 40:22 says; "It is he that sits upon the circle of the earth…that
stretches out the heavens as a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell
in." Notice the word 'circle' which reveals the earth is 'round'. Another
verse from Isaiah (42:5a) says; "Thus says God the Lord, He that created the
heavens, and stretched them out…" The phrase 'stretches out' or 'stretched
them out' means just that, 'to stretch' or 'spread out' and we now know from
astronomers that the universe is still expanding (stretching out) from the Big
Bang. Psalm 104:2 repeats the information from Isaiah; "Who covers yourself
with light as with a garment: who stretches out the heavens like a curtain."
The phrase 'stretches out' is self explanatory, however, the real meaning of the
word 'curtain' is hidden in this context. Although the initial Hebrew
translation from the Psalms verse means 'a hanging', the primitive root of that
word is 'yara' which means 'to be broken up (with any violent action)'. (You can
check out the translation in any Hebrew dictionary.) The same word from Isaiah
translated means, 'something crumbling' or 'a thin cloth' and the primitive root
of that word means 'crush, crumble, break into pieces' or 'to collapse'. A big
bang would certainly and violently 'break things up'. However, the translation
suggests a 'breaking down' (collapse) of something.
Some astronomers are now predicting the Big Rip as the universe stretches too
thin. 2,3 Previous
translations about the 'curtain' liken it to a 'thin' cloth, which means the
dark matter which the universe is comprised of is 'thin'.
Nature 'is' God as the Bible 'is' God. They cannot be separated as if they can
some how be distinct from each other. If we look to science as it describes
nature we should never be concerned the Bible will disagree with that or visa
versa. Nature is many-faceted and at times extremely complicated, but not so
profound that with enough time and study we are unable to unlock her secrets.
Christianity has failed to correctly portray God because they have seen Him
almost entirely as a 'religious' deity rather than the scientific creator He
really is. In fact it must be said that God is the greatest scientist because He
made what everyone else studies.
Those who believe in the divine inspiration of the Bible should be excited about
proven discoveries within the scientific community because those things can only
serve to prove the authenticity of the Bible and so, it's author.
The earth is running out of time and it is the scientific community that is
endeavoring to help our failing planet. Science is seriously looking for
solutions whereas some Bible-based groups often seem more concerned with
My hope is to breach the great chasm of disinterest which presently exists
between science and the Bible, and challenge religious inconsistency by using
Biblical and natural law. Very possibly much of the scientific community will
not listen because they are already convinced, due to illogical Christian
teaching, that the Bible is nonsense. I have little doubt Christian communities
won't be excited either, however, I am hoping there are those in both camps who
will at least hear a person out before making a judgment.
I have as my personal consolation men of history like Galileo who said, "I do
not feel obliged to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense,
reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." Although Galileo
was a prominent citizen of his time, his ideas were suppressed by the church and
in a very real sense he became a martyr for truth because he defended nature. He
was put under house arrest by the church because he had good reason to believe
the earth revolved around the sun rather than the then popular belief that the
earth was the center of the galaxy.
Influential institutions in any age must be careful of how they wield their
power or they will inevitably end up apologizing to future generations.
- Dawn Wessel, "Science: Champion of the Bible." Download the book or
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- UniverseToday contains many articles on the "big rip." Use the internal search facility at:
- ," HubbleSite,
2004-FEB-20, at: http://hubblesite.org/
Originally posted: 2005-JUL-10
Latest update: 2005-JUL-10
Author: Dawn Wessel