If anyone can get away with such a statement it would be Albert Einstein. He was a pioneer in the field of science and his opinions hold a lot of weight, at least for me they do. Science paired with religion? Most could not find any two things more opposite and contradictory, but I wholeheartedly agree with Einstein.
My immediate thoughts go to the creation of the universe. Where did it come from? How did it come to be? When was it created? All extremely unanswerable questions in my mind. Science tends to lean towards Cosmology and Darwinism, religion towards creationism.
Religions of all types argue that the universe was formed by intelligent design, a conscious being created everything. Cosmologists argue for the Big Bang theory, believing that the universe is an extremely dense and hot state that constantly expands. When you look at both of these theories you can’t help but question them. If an intelligent being created the universe…what created the intelligent being? If the universe is made by an expanding mass of material…where did that material come from? What prompted the designer to create the universe and us in it? What initiated the expansion of this mass? If we were created then why have things evolved over time, does this mean the creator got something wrong? How could a cluster of subatomic particles expand and create something as complex as DNA? Neither theory has enough proof to prove the other wrong. Neither is statistically impossible.
“For a cell to appear randomly would require 100 ‘functional proteins to appear simultaneously in one place.’ The probability of this is astoundingly low — ten to negative 2,000. There are 2,000 enzymes necessary for random cell formation. The probability of random appearance is 10 to the negative 40,000th power.” – Jim Welch, Times News
Well, that’s not very probable. Humans have about 100 trillion cells making up their body…multiply that by all the humans currently alive and who have lived throughout history. Plus you need to add every animal and plant cell that has ever existed to the equation. I don’t have the ability to type or comprehend that number but obviously it is high and each one of those near infinite number of cells had a 10 to the negative 40,000th power chance of forming without any help. Possible? Yes. Probable? Certainly not.
Well, what’s your defense for creationism? Seven days to create the World? Then why do geologists record the Earth as being billions of years old? How come people never existed while dinosaurs roamed the Earth? I don’t have any facts to offer but I do have my personal theory that may be of interest.
The Bible states that God exists outside of time and space. We can not possibly grasp that concept; there is no proof for or against. It is a statement that can be believed solely on faith. I personally possess that faith. It also says in the Bible that God IS love. That for me is the reason why God created the Earth. From what we know of love it makes sense that a being that doesn’t just love but IS love would want something TO love and be loved in return. Solution? Create a something that can support something that can love you. The universe to support Earth, Earth to support plants and animals, which are to support humans. Humans are obviously unique in many ways but one major way in relation to love. God wanted us to love him. True love comes only from the willing; therefore he had to create a being intelligent enough to have free will in order to make this decision for themselves. If he forced us to love him we would not truly love him and would be no different than animals. Love is the reason behind creation.
Seven days? There is no where in the Bible that states that a day to God lasts for 24 hours. The only statement about God and time consists of “outside of it”. There is a reoccurring theme of God and time in the Bible and that is he takes a lot more of it then we expect. For example, Jesus said he was coming back SOON. I am sure the disciples thought, “hm, soon? I wonder if that will be next week or the week after? Surely by spring time.” Well, about 2,000 years later and he’s not here yet. So if “soon” is different then why wouldn’t a day be? What I believe matches more accurately up with science, I believe in plate tectonics, microevolution, and that the Earth, indeed is VERY old. I think that God created the universe exactly how he said he did but each “day” was in fact hundreds of thousands to billions of years in our time. This would explain why dinosaurs lived and died before humans, they were created the “day” before us. Another interesting thing, in the Bible is says, “God said, ‘let there be light…’ and there was” (Gen 1:14). So God started creation with sound… well, a new theory on the big bang is that its initiation was caused by sound. That’s something to think about eh?
The older I have gotten and the more I learn about science the more I believe in creationism. The story just matches up perfectly to me so much so that I began to feel that my college science course were like Sunday school for grown ups. I think so many religious people stop using their brains and shy away from facts and scientific laws but that is just ignorance. We have a mind for a reason and God did not create it to be wasted nor did he create everything that makes up science to be ignored and over looked. It is another amazing creation and should be studied, admired, and revered because in actuality everything made BY God is PART of God. That being the case you can’t pick and choose what parts of God you want to love and what parts you want to deny.
Scientist I encourage you to look deeper into religion with an open mind. Religious people I encourage you to research the world around you and stop being so paranoid that you will find something that contradicts your beliefs, where is the faith?