It took me almost four years to reconcile my religious beliefs with the scientific proofs, but the biggest revelation came the very night that my doubts occurred. The scripture “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little” came flooding to my mind as well as a couple of songs, one being from Disney’s The Rescuers, “Be Brave Little One”.
For me, reconciliation takes time. It takes study, and it takes faith. You have to be willing to let go of what you think is true in order to be able to accept the answers that God can give you. And the experience can be very scary.]]>
Silus, the reconciliation you mention for evolution/creation is the most prevalent and basically it works, but it definitely doesn’t cover everything. As I mentioned in the original post, what about the Fall? Was everything truly immortal in the Garden of Eden? NO death? How is this possible given what we know about physiology and indeed the law of entropy? (that’s not to say it isn’t possible, but I sure do want to know how to reconile that!) And how about all these animals and plants? were predators really not eating their prey? why not? what were they eating, and how did their systems (evolved for a certain kind of food) handle it? There are more questions like these but I’m lazy and also late to pick up my kid. Thanks for your comments.
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I don’t think you really confront these issues until you are really prepared to abandon your most cherished beliefs.
…but I believe this is a two way street. For instance, sometimes we receive counsel that not only contradicts science but also the very core feelings we’ve always had about life. In short, sometimes we have to be prepared to abandon our most cherished common sense if we are to ever come to any sort of reconciliation.
Also, its hard to argue with evidence. For example I remember shouting at my OT seminary teacher, “but they found bones!!”. She refused to budge. Arguing with hard science is not very productive. BUT theories are only based on evidence, not the same as evidence.]]>
I think there are so many questions we don’t know the answers to and yet I don’t think those questions should cause us to lose our faith. Rather, like John Kline says above, our faith should increase and our love for God should quadruple because we realize he has blessed us with inquiring minds that seek truth. I remember hearing the old German rocket scientist, Wernher von Braun, who came over to the American side after WWII, once said that the further he saw into space, the more it convinced him of the existance of God. Paraphrasing John Kline again, we should not be afraid to ask the questions and seek the answers if we have a deep and abiding faith in God and the Lord Jesus Christ. If there are conflicts between our faith and our intellect just remember “the Lord will work all that out on the other side.”]]>