Being the nerd that I am, I research a lot and much of this research is about God. Over the last year or two, I have really been interested in how the Christian world and the secular world teach creation. Honestly, this is not something that used to interest me because, like so many, I had better things to think about and as I’ve written about in the past, I did not think it mattered.
My mindset at this period in time was does it really matter the age of the Earth? Don’t get me wrong, I trusted that God created man and woman and all things come from God and work together the way they’re supposed to. This is still my belief but my thought process was one cannot know for certain either way. Now, that’s not exactly the perspective that I adhere to.
In saying this, I do not believe that either a theologian or a scientist has all the answers nor do I believe any one person can pinpoint to a tee how old the Earth is. After saying this, you may be asking yourself what is the point of this article? If you’re still reading, thank you, and I assure you that there is a point to this article and no, it’s not to push a certain theory of the Earth but to reveal that science and faith (the Bible) do work together.
As already stated, at this point in my life as opposed to previous points, I truly believe the Bible and science do co-exist as one. In fact, the Bible is a book of many subjects including science as God is the creator of science: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1;20).
Unfortunately, the idea that God and science operate as one has been dismissed by much of the academic world which is why school systems now teach a billion year old Earth. More so, the academic world teaches little, if anything, about the existence of God and this should appall each and every Christian or person of faith and for different reasons. Two important reasons include (1) the secular world is demeaning your very existence and thought process and (2) the idea that God does not exist is a contradiction in terms and rejects science.
Yes, you read that correctly that when the secular world says that God does not exist and the reasoning behind this is there is no scientific evidence for God, they’re actually denying science: “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). One of the many problems in stating God does not exist because you cannot see him is it goes against the scientific method which was taught to me in school at a young age but apparently, many have forgotten about this important scientific measurement.
When using the scientific method, you ask a question then perform research and based upon the research, you establish a hypothesis. The point of this is to get a better understanding of something, whatever your question(s) may be, and then conduct experiments to determine if your hypothesis is correct or if you need to go back to the drawing board. The fact remains that no person has ever been able to disprove God’s existence and as I have learned, it’s much easier to prove God’s existence then disprove it and the scientific method assists in this.
Another problem with using science to disprove God’s existence is you can only test something that you can actually observe. Therefore, because God cannot be physically observed, it’s impossible to perform a test on, or about, God but when we open our eyes, we are able to observe all of God’s works. In regards to evolution, I believe in an evolution of a person and even the evolution of our Earth but Darwin’s idea of evolution in the Origin of the Species is absurd and has been disproven time and time again.
Regardless of what a person’s beliefs are, by using scientific processes like the scientific method, one is able to quickly understand that the Bible is much closer to explaining how the world works than secular theories about the way the world works. Perhaps Ken Ham said it best: “Evolution is the idea some people have to explain life without God.”