God vs Science. Everyone has thought about this before, and it seems that in modern times they are in conflict with each other. As culture and technology have advanced, people have begun to get the idea that religion is a thing of the past, and now science has taken over. Over the next few weeks, we are going to start from the beginning and discuss in a logical fashion various misconceptions and debates over this topic. I will not use the Bible or Christianity as the foundation, since some reading this may not believe that these things are true. What I will do is use logic to explain what I believe, that Science and God really can coexist.
To begin, I would like to make a few things clear. I do not intend to bash any belief systems throughout the course of this series, but I will point out some things. Also, if anyone feels like I haven’t covered a topic completely or missed something, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will prayerfully answer it by email or in the next article.
Initially, I am going to make a statement that might confuse some of you: I do not have enough faith to not be a Christian. This may seem odd in the sense that Christianity supposed to be all about faith, while atheism would be the opposite. After taking a solid look at the facts however, I find it much harder to be an atheist than a Christian. If this counter-intuitive statement perks your interest, I encourage you to keep reading.
Naturally, there are many places to begin. When dealing with such a complex subject, there is bound to be. First, we will start with the fundamental question: “What Is Truth?” After all, if the purpose of this series is to find out the truth, it’s probably a good idea to find out what truth is first.
Over the past few decades, society has had a paradigm shift from belief in “absolute truth” to “relative truth.” Absolute truth says that there is a universal standard for right and wrong, and that standard does not change. Relative truth takes the stance that what is right or wrong for one person is not necessarily right or wrong for another person.
There are a couple things that seem odd to me about relative truth. First, the statement “There is no such thing as absolute truth” is a paradox. If that statement was true, then it contradicts itself in the fact that no statement is true. Let me put it another way: say relative truth was true. Now look at that previous statement. How can something be true if there is no such thing truth? It is a paradox that contradicts itself.
This alone, however, isn’t enough to completely discount relative truth. My other qualm with it is this: what if my truth contradicts your truth? For example, one person believes that murder is morally ethical while another believes murder is morally wrong. If it is morally ethical for the first person to murder the second (think cannibalistic tribes in Africa), but from the second person’s perspective it is morally wrong, these two viewpoints contradict each other and have no logical resolution.
Another more realistic example is this: My truth is that there is absolute truth and a non-changing standard in morality, while your truth is that truth is relative from person to person. Again, our truths collide, for my truth says that your truth can’t be true while your truth says my truth can’t be true as it infringes on your truth. The second that something is said to be absolutely true or absolutely false, relative truth falls apart.
One more thing that points to an absolute right and wrong is the sense of morality ingrained into every human being. Most of us can agree that there is something in us that urges us to do what is right and to not do what is wrong. If we didn't posses this moral sense, then morality would have no meaning and there would be no such thing as right and wrong in our minds. Therefore, we have this moral sense in our very beings, however this moral sense must conform to some kind of moral law. If this moral law changes from person to person however, then our moral senses can’t always be right, meaning that emotions such as guilt have no meaning.
In conclusion, based off what has just been said, our only other option is that there is only one truth, and everyone is subject to that truth just as much as we are to the laws of gravity. If this is indeed true (no pun intended), then the entire game changes. Instead of a perspective of “let’s not offend anybody” and “let’s all live our lives as we see fit”, it turns to a perspective of “we must find the truth” and “if there is one truth, then everything else must be wrong.” By this last statement I do not mean that everyone except Christians are absolutely wrong, but what I do mean is that not everyone is right about everything.
Now that we have established that truth is absolute and does not change, we are ready to dive into God and Science. Over these next couple of articles we will go into evolution, the Big Bang Theory, and the question of “is there a higher being directing the universe.” There is a lot I will be covering, but eventually we will get to difficult questions such as “why does God allow evil in the world.” If you have any questions, feel free to email me. I do not claim to have all the answers, in fact there is a lot I don’t know. Some things we can’t understand. It’s like if we all lived in a two dimensional space, we would have no idea what a three dimensional space was, we couldn't fathom it. Or if we were all born blind, none of us could describe color. There is a whole dimension of things out there we don’t understand, and we won’t be able to in this life. Thanks for reading, until next time, God Bless!