Are Science and the Bible Compatible?

“The significance and joy in my science comes in the occasional moments of discovering something new and saying to myself, ‘So that’s how God did it!’”— Henry Schaefer, professor of chemistry.

Science does much to help us understand the natural world, revealing a level of order, precision, and sophistication that points, in the eyes of many, to a God of infinite intelligence and power. In their view, science reveals not just details of the natural world but also facets of the mind of God.

That point of view finds abundant support in the Bible. Says Romans 1:20:

“[God’s] invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship.”

Likewise, Psalm 19:1, 2 states:

“The heavens are declaring the glory of God; and of the work of his hands the expanse is telling. One day after another day causes speech to bubble forth, and one night after another night shows forth knowledge.”

Despite all its wonders, however, the natural world reveals only some aspects of our Creator.

Where Science Is Limited

Many truths about God are beyond the scope of science. To illustrate, a scientist may be able to describe every molecule in a chocolate cake, but will his analysis reveal why the cake was made or for whom? For answers to questions like that—which most people would regard as the more important ones—he needs to consult the person who baked the cake.

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Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Similarly, science “gives a lot of factual information,” wrote Austrian physicist and Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger, “but it is ghastly silent about all . . . that is really near to our heart, that really matters to us.” This includes, he says, “God and eternity.” For example, only God can answer such questions as the following:
Why is there a universe? Why does our planet have an abundance of life, including intelligent life? If God truly is almighty, why does he permit evil and suffering? And is there hope beyond the grave?

Has God answered those questions? Yes, in the pages of the Bible.

16 All Scripture is inspired of God+ and beneficial for teaching,+ for reproving, for setting things straight,* for disciplining in righteousness,+ 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

‘But how,’ you may ask, ‘can I be sure that the Bible really is from God?’ From a scientific point of view, what the Bible says about the world around us must harmonize with scientific fact, for God does not contradict himself. Does the Bible reflect such harmony? Consider a few examples.

Scientifically Ahead of Its Time

When the Bible was being written, many people believed that various gods inhabited the world and that those gods, not natural laws, controlled the sun, the moon, the weather, fertility, and so on. But that was not the case with the ancient Hebrew prophets of God. Of course, they knew that Jehovah God could directly control the natural world and that he did so on specific occasions.

12 It was then, on the day that Jehovah routed the Am′or·ites before the eyes of the Israelites, that Joshua said to Jehovah before Israel: “Sun, stand still+ over Gib′e·on,+ And moon, over the Valley* of Ai′ja·lon!” 13 So the sun stood still and the moon did not move until the nation could take vengeance on its enemies. Is it not written in the book of Ja′shar?+ The sun stood still in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to set for about a whole day. 14 There has never been a day like that one, either before it or after it, when Jehovah listened to the voice of a man,+ for Jehovah was fighting for Israel.+(Joshua 10:12-14)

Isaiah replied: “This is the sign from Jehovah to show you that Jehovah will carry out the word that he has spoken: Do you want the shadow on the stairway* to move forward ten steps or back ten steps?”+ 10 Hez·e·ki′ah said: “It is an easy thing for the shadow to extend itself ten steps but not to go back ten steps.” 11 So Isaiah the prophet called out to Jehovah, and He made the shadow on the stairway of A′haz go back ten steps after it had already descended the steps.+ (2 Kings 20:9-11)

Nevertheless, John Lennox, professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford, England, observed that those prophets

“did not have to have their universe de-deified [of mythical gods]. . . , for the simple reason that they had never believed in the gods in the first place. What had saved them from that superstition was their belief in One True God, Creator of heaven and earth.”

How did that belief protect them from superstition? For one thing, the true God revealed to them that he governs the universe by precise laws, or statutes. For example, more than 3,500 years ago, Jehovah God asked his servant Job:

“Have you come to know the statutes of the heavens?” (Job 38:33)

In the seventh century B.C.E., the prophet Jeremiah wrote about “the statutes of heaven and earth.”—Jeremiah 33:25.

Hence, all who lived in ancient times and had faith in the writings of the Bible prophets could know that the universe was governed, not by mythical, temperamental deities, but by rational laws. As a result, those God-fearing individuals neither bowed down to created entities, such as the sun, the moon, or the stars, nor did they have a superstitious attitude toward them.

15 “Therefore, watch yourselves closely*—since you did not see any form on the day Jehovah spoke to you in Ho′reb out of the middle of the fire— 16 that you may not act corruptly by making for yourselves any carved image having the form of any symbol, the representation of male or female,+ 17 the representation of any animal on the earth or the representation of any bird that flies in the sky,+ 18 the representation of anything creeping on the ground or the representation of any fish in the waters under the earth.+ 19 And when you raise your eyes to the heavens and see the sun and the moon and the stars—all the army of the heavens—do not get seduced and bow down to them and serve them.+ Jehovah your God has given them to all the peoples under the whole heavens. (Deuteronomy 4:15-19)

Rather, they saw God’s works as objects of study that reveal his wisdom, power, and other qualities.

When I see your heavens, the works of your fingers, The moon and the stars that you have prepared,+ What is mortal man that you keep him in mind, And a son of man that you take care of him?+ You made him a little lower than godlike ones,*And you crowned him with glory and splendor. You gave him dominion over the works of your hands;+You have put everything under his feet: All the flocks and cattle,As well as the wild animals,*+ The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.  O Jehovah our Lord, how majestic your name is throughout the earth! (Psalm 8:3-9)

19 Jehovah founded the earth in wisdom.+ He solidly established the heavens in discernment.+ 20 By his knowledge the watery deeps were split apart And the cloudy skies dripped with dew.+ (Proverbs 3:19, 20).

In harmony with today’s views

In harmony with the views of many scientists today, the ancient Hebrews also believed that the universe had a beginning.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” says Genesis 1:1.

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bibles (Photo credit: fancycwabs)

Also, some 3,500 years ago, God revealed to his servant Job that the earth ‘hangs on nothing,’ or is suspended in space. (Job 26:7) And finally, more than 2,500 years ago, the prophet Isaiah wrote that the earth is a circle or sphere.

22 There is One who dwells above the circle* of the earth,+ And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He is stretching out the heavens like a fine gauze, And he spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.+ (Isaiah 40:22).* {For a more extensive discussion on the existence of God and the accuracy of the Bible, please read the brochure Was Life Created? and the book Is There a Creator Who Cares About You? published by Jehovah’s Witnesses.}

Yes, the Bible does harmonize with scientific truths about the natural world. In fact, the two fields of study are more than compatible — they beautifully complement each other. To disregard either one is to leave unopened a door to the knowledge of God.

105 Your word is a lamp to my foot, And a light for my path.+ (Psalm 119:105)

26 “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things?+ It is the One who brings out their army by number; He calls them all by name.+ Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power,+ Not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26.)

We may conclude that in the Bible we can find a scientific accuracy in describing basic “kinds” of life. Those description which have been proven by the years strengthens also the credibility in other areas, including history and prophecy.

We should find the God of gods as the Source of infinite power, or energy.

23  Understanding the Almighty is beyond our reach;+ He is great in power,+ And he never violates his justice+ and abundant righteousness.+ (Job 37:23)

Standing still at God His wondrous works

We cannot order God His speech by reason of darkness, but we can stand still and consider the wondrous works of God in everything we can see around us. Human beings do want to have an explanation for everything, but they just can not. Never shall human being have the same knowledge as the Supreme Being Who is the Source of the “vast dynamic energy” that produced the universe. (Isaiah 40:26)

Scientist shall not be able to change the system in the essence, but it will be God Who shall use his supreme power to sustain His creation. Many people even would like to tell others that the world would become destroyed and shall not exist any-more after some time, but the Bible says regarding the sun, moon, and stars that the Creator God shall keep them established forever and ever.

148 1 Praise Jah!* Praise Jehovah from the heavens;+ Praise him in the heights. 2   Praise him, all his angels.+ Praise him, all his army.+ 3   Praise him, sun and moon. Praise him, all shining stars.+ 4   Praise him, O highest heavens*  And waters above the heavens. 5   Let them praise the name of Jehovah,
For he commanded, and they were created.+ 6   He keeps them established forever and ever;+ He has issued a decree that will not pass away.+ (Psalm 148:1-3-6).

Many human beings searched for explanations and wanted to explain the beginning of the universe. Though in simple terms the the Bible explains creation in a way that harmonizes with science and also gives answers to questions that science cannot, — such as, What is God’s purpose for the earth and for mankind? *

The astronomer Allan Sandage once said:

“Science cannot answer the deepest questions. As soon as you ask why is there something instead of nothing, you have gone beyond science.”

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Preceding articles:

Bible containing scientific information

The mythical conflict of science and Scripture (1)

The mythical conflict of science and Scripture (2)

Science and the Bible—Do They Really Contradict Each Other?

Next: Reconciling Science and Religion

Dutch version / Nederlandstalige versie: Stemt de Bijbel overeen met de wetenschap

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Additional reading:

  1. The True God, Divine Creator or God of gods
  2. Incomplete without the mind of God
  3. Suffering
  4. Suffering-through the apparent silence of God
  5. Hope for the future
  6. Gods hope and our hope
  7. Prophecy pamphlet
  8. Is it “Wrong” to Believe that the Earth is a Sphere? Inclusive the first generation of Christadelphians their views
  9. A dialogue about the earth moving and spinning around the sun
  10. Cosmos creator and human destiny
  11. Everyday beauty

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  • Why I Love the Bible (richardmansel.com)
    the Bible is more than just a book. It is a living thing, breathing wisdom and power. It is a message from God and a window to the future. Nothing else exists like the Bible in the entire universe.
  • Answers in Genesis takes on Bill O’Reilly over Bible comment (tnchristiannews.wordpress.com)
    The Bible is the history of mankind; to call it only a theological book is to miss the whole point of Christianity.
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    The Bible Is a book of history–it’s a book of historical science. That’s why I teach thousands of kids each year to say “The Bible is the history book of the universe.’
  • Costco apologizes for labelling Bible as fiction (sunnewsnetwork.ca)
    A California pastor who tweeted a photo of a Bible labelled as fiction at his local Costco says a boycott of the chain is unnecessary.But Caleb Kaltenbach told the show Fox and Friends it is at times like this that “Christians in America need to stand up for their faith.”
  • Abusing Love: Why God’s “Love” Makes Me Cringe (n8carlson.wordpress.com)
    God’s love is manifest in the Gospel. The Gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). The Gospel is for the salvation from sin for believers. It is offensive. The Gospel tells an individual that they are a sinner, that they have rebelled against God, and that they cannot do anything to fix that. The Gospel does not affirm people as good people. It is not tolerant. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” It is God’s way and no other’s.
  • Unified Truth: Faith and Reason (str.typepad.com)
    Personally, not a huge fan of Thomas Aquinas. Greek philosophy is not compatible with Christian theology, except in a few areas. In Greek philosophy, the body is bad. In Christian theology, the body is good and will be redeemed eventually by God. Greek philosophy has brought us off course in our understanding of eschatology and other important things on many occasions in the church. I am a bit wary about some of what Thomas Aquinas believes because of that. (Jared Berryman)
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    As Aquinas did, Evangelicals conflate reason with truth. With their puffed-up minds, they think that if an argument can be made concerning Scripture using reason, then their reasoning constitutes the truth. For example, some of these wisdom lovers claim that God’s greatest attribute is His sovereignty. Surely reason tells us this apparent fact, but it isn’t found anywhere in Scripture; rather, it is their philosophical presupposition. (Sebastian Gonzales)
  • Thomas Aquinas on Wisdom by Robert M. Woods (facebookapostles.org)
    prior to the Enlightenment, wisdom was closely connected to reason. For them to reason, reflect, imagine, conjecture, was part of what it meant to act faithfully in accordance with being in the image of God. As it related to the four causes expounded by Aristotle and adhered to by Thomas, wisdom is an understanding of the final cause. Sadly, this has all but been lost in science and philosophy today.Is it possible that one reason Philosophy is ridiculed by so many today as irrelevant and outdated is because it lost its way a few hundred years ago and has never fully found the way back to the path. If philosophy was still about the blending of the theoretical and the practical, the reflection and the proper moral action, one can imagine that there would be many who would come to love and live wisdom.
  • Jerry Coyne’s Twisted History of Science and Religion (forbes.com)
    What’s truly amazing is just how much science early Christians were doing. John Philoponus (c. 490 – c. 570) was one of the first Christian professors in Alexandria. Historians today are stunned by his achievements.As a Christian, Philoponus was happy to ditch pagan orthodoxy and start afresh. So he was the first to actually do the experiment of dropping stones, proving Aristotle wrong about falling objects. Alas, shortly after he died, Egypt was invaded by the Persians and then by the Arabs. Alexandria lost its status as an important center of learning, while the Byzantine Empire went into siege mode as it fought an existential struggle for survival. Not a great environment for science!
    +It is truly amazing how many alleged instances of Christianity holding back science turn out to be completely bogus. Legends that the Church banned zero, fought lightning rods or anesthesia, excommunicated Halley’s Comet, and forbade human dissection all turn out to be false. The most widely cited example – the persecution of Galileo – was as much about politics as science. (Galileo purposefully insulted the Pope, which was not a wise move. For more on Bruno, the trial of Galileo, and a whole lot more, see James Hannam’s book, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution.)Dr. Coyne continues:

    There was and still is, of course, opposition to science by Christians. The greatest opponent of biology’s greatest theory—evolution—has always been Christianity.

    Untrue. The writings of influential Church Father Thomas Aquinas hint that he would have accepted evolution. Besides, singling out Christianity as uniquely opposed to “biology’s greatest theories” overlooks the biggest enemy of genetics in the 20th Century: Soviet Communism. Communists rejected the work of Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel (the latter, of course, a Catholic monk). Instead, they embraced the Stalin-approved Lamarckian vision of Trofim Lysenko, setting back Soviet genetics by decades.

  • How to falsify a religion using scientific or historical evidence (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
    The absolute origin of the universe out of nothing is also incompatible with atheism, Buddhism, Mormonism, etc. because they also require an eternally existing universe.
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    If you prove that the universe is eternal than would falsify the Bible’s claim that God created the universe out of nothing. That would be a scientific disproof. If you could find the body of Jesus still inside a tomb, that would falsify the Bible’s claim about a resurrection. That would be a historical disproof. The nice thing about Christianity is that we make lots of testable claims. Christianity is about forming beliefs that are in line with the available evidence.
  • What Caused the Big Bang? A Master Mason and Knight Templar Offers a Unique New Approach to Multiverse Cosmology (prweb.com)
    “When you understand that Consciousness and Identity are convertible, your spiritual understanding explodes. You no longer need any form of religion, belief, doctrine, or even a conventional identity,” Augustine stated. “My work can expand a person beyond their boundaries and into a new and higher level of Consciousness and spiritual understanding. This is why my subtitle of my book is ‘Consciousness and Enlightenment in the Internet Age and Beyond.'”
  • Creation (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
    Modern science agrees that the universe had a beginning. A recent scientific model suggests it to be almost 14 billion years old.
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    The false ideas of creationists could lead you to dismiss the Bible altogether. On the other hand, if the Bible actually contains a credible account of creation, you stand to benefit from its storehouse of “practical wisdom.”—Proverbs 3:21.
  • What Is the Meaning of Life? (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
    The question of the meaning of life may be asked in many ways, such as Why are we here?        or Does my life have a purpose? The Bible shows that our purpose in life is to build a        friendship with God. Consider some of these fundamental truths that the Bible reveals.
  • I Don’t Feel Good About My Life—Can Religion, God, or the Bible Help? (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)
    The Bible, an ancient book of wisdom, provides answers to life’s important questions and can help you to feel better and have a sense of well-being.
  • Jehovah’s Witness Systematic Theology: Doctrine of Jehovah (trueforms.wordpress.com)
    “True, you cannot see God because he is an invisible spirit. (John 1:184:241 Timothy 1:17) By learning about him through the pages of the Bible, however, you can come to know him as a person.”
    (What Does the Bible Really Teach?, What is the Truth about God?)

    “No human has ever seen God because he is a Spirit, which means that he is a higher form of life than the physical creatures who live on earth. (John 1:18; 4:24) Nevertheless, we can discern God’s personality from the things he has made. For instance, the variety of fruits and flowers tells us of his love and wisdom. The size of the universe tells us of his power.—Read Romans 1:20.

    We can learn even more about God’s personality by reading the Bible. For example, it tells us what God likes and what he does not like, how he treats people, and how he reacts in different situations.—Read Psalm 103:7-10.”
    (JW, Good News from God, Who is God?)

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Stemt de Bijbel overeen met de wetenschap

„De voldoening en vreugde in mijn vak haal ik uit de momenten dat ik iets nieuws ontdek en tegen mezelf zeg: ’Dus zó heeft God het gedaan.’” — Henry Schaefer, hoogleraar scheikunde.

De Wetenschap draagt veel bij tot ons begrip van de natuur door een orde, precisie en complexiteit te onthullen die in de ogen van velen wijst op een God van onbeperkte intelligentie en macht. Naar hun mening onthult de wetenschap niet alleen details over de natuur, maar ook over Gods gedachten.

Die mening vindt volop ondersteuning in de Bijbel. In Romeinen 1:20 staat:

„Zijn [Gods] onzichtbare hoedanigheden worden van de schepping der wereld af duidelijk gezien, omdat ze worden waargenomen door middel van de dingen die gemaakt zijn, ja, zijn eeuwige kracht en Godheid.”

En Psalm 19:1, 2 zegt:

„De hemelen maken de heerlijkheid van God bekend; en het uitspansel vertelt van het werk van zijn handen. De ene dag na de andere dag doet spraak opwellen, en de ene nacht na de andere nacht spreidt kennis tentoon.”

Maar hoe schitterend de natuur ook is, ze onthult slechts enkele facetten van de Schepper.

Beperkingen van de wetenschap

Veel waarheden over God vallen buiten het terrein van de wetenschap. Ter illustratie: Een wetenschapper kan misschien elk molecuul in een chocoladetaart benoemen, maar blijkt uit zijn analyse ook waarom de taart gemaakt is en voor wie? Voor het antwoord op deze vragen — die voor veel mensen het belangrijkst zouden zijn — moet hij bij degene zijn die de taart gebakken heeft.

English: Erwin Schrödinger

Erwin Schrödinger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zo verschaft ook de wetenschap „veel feitelijke informatie”, schreef de Oostenrijkse natuurkundige en Nobelprijswinnaar Erwin Schrödinger, „maar zwijgt ze in alle talen over alles (…) wat ons echt na aan het hart ligt, wat we echt belangrijk vinden”. Dat omvat volgens hem „God en de eeuwigheid”. Alleen God kan bijvoorbeeld antwoord geven op vragen als:
Waarom bestaat het heelal? Waarom is er zo veel leven op onze planeet, met inbegrip van intelligent leven? Als God echt almachtig is, waarom laat hij dan het kwaad en lijden toe? En is er leven na de dood?

Geeft God antwoord op die vragen? Ja, dat doet hij via de Bijbel (2 Timotheüs 3:16).

16 De gehele Schrift is door God geïnspireerd*+ en nuttig om te onderwijzen,+ terecht te wijzen,+ dingen recht te zetten,*+ streng te onderrichten+ in rechtvaardigheid, 17 opdat de mens Gods volkomen bekwaam zij,+ volledig toegerust* voor ieder goed werk.+ (2 Timotheüs 3:16-17)

Maar misschien vraagt u zich af: hoe kan ik er zeker van zijn dat de Bijbel echt van God afkomstig is? Vanuit het standpunt van wetenschappers bekeken zou wat de Bijbel over de wereld om ons heen zegt, dan overeen moeten stemmen met wetenschappelijke feiten. God zou zichzelf immers niet tegenspreken. Blijkt dat ook uit de Bijbel? Sta eens stil bij enkele voorbeelden.

Wetenschappelijk gezien zijn tijd ver vooruit

Toen de Bijbel geschreven werd, geloofden veel mensen dat er verschillende goden bestonden. Ze geloofden ook dat de zon, de maan, het weer, de vruchtbaarheid, enzovoorts, door die goden werden bestuurd in plaats van door natuurwetten. Voor de Hebreeuwse profeten van God lag dat echter anders. Uiteraard wisten ze dat Jehovah God de macht had over de natuur en dat Hij die macht bij bepaalde gebeurtenissen ook gebruikte.

12 Toen was het dat Jo̱zua ertoe overging tot Jehovah te spreken, op de dag dat Jehovah de Amorieten aan de zonen van I̱sraël overleverde, en hij zei vervolgens voor de ogen van I̱sraël:

„Zon,+ sta onbeweeglijk* boven Gi̱beon,+ En maan, boven de laagvlakte van A̱jalon.”+

13 Bijgevolg bleef de zon onbeweeglijk staan, en de maan stond werkelijk stil, totdat de natie zich op haar vijanden kon wreken.+ Staat dit niet geschreven in het boek van Ja̱sjar?*+ En de zon bleef midden aan de hemel staan en haastte zich ongeveer een hele dag niet om onder te gaan.+ 14 En geen dag is er als die gebleken, noch daarvoor noch daarna, doordat Jehovah naar de stem van een mens luisterde,+ want Jehovah streed zelf voor I̱sraël.+(Jozua 10:12-14)

8 Intussen zei Hizki̱a tot Jesa̱ja: „Wat is het teken+ dat Jehovah mij zal genezen en ik stellig op de derde dag zal opgaan naar het huis van Jehovah?” 9 Hierop zei Jesa̱ja: „Dit is voor u het teken+ vanwege Jehovah, dat Jehovah het woord dat hij gesproken heeft, ten uitvoer zal brengen: Zal de schaduw werkelijk tien treden [van de trap] vooruitgaan of dient ze tien treden terug te gaan?” 10 Toen zei Hizki̱a:* „Het is voor de schaduw gemakkelijk om zich tien treden verder uit te strekken, maar niet dat de schaduw tien treden terug zou gaan.”+ 11 Daarop riep de profeet Jesa̱ja tot Jehovah; en hij deed de schaduw die gedaald was, geleidelijk teruggaan op de treden, dat wil zeggen op de treden [van de trap] van A̱chaz, tien treden achteruit.+(2 Koningen 20:8- 9-11).

Maar zoals door John Lennox, hoogleraar wiskunde aan de Universiteit van Oxford, werd opgemerkt, hoefden deze profeten „hun universum niet te ontdoen [van mythologische goden] (…), om de eenvoudige reden dat ze toch al nooit in die goden hadden geloofd. Ze waren van dat bijgeloof bevrijd doordat ze geloofden in de enige ware God, de Schepper van hemel en aarde.”

Der Theologe und Philosoph John Lennox am 25. ...

De theoloog en filosoof John Lennox

John Lennox, Alister McGrath en William Lane Craig bestreden de evolutiebioloog Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett (samen wel “The Four Horsemen” genoemd) en Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Het grootste recente werk dat de belangrijkste godsbewijzen trachtte te weerleggen, in het bijzonder die zijn voorgesteld door christelijke apologeten, was The God Delusion (2006; Nl. vert. God als misvatting) van evolutiebioloog Richard Dawkins. Tegelijk verkent hij de evolutionaire oorsprong van religie en de ethiek om antwoorden voor het feit dat als er geen goden bestaan, er toch zo veel mensen in geloven, en waarom de morele tijdgeest verandert terwijl de religieuze ethiek achterblijft. Dawkins heeft veel kritiek maar ook veel lof gekregen voor zijn boek, en zowel The God Delusion als Dawkins zelf zijn dan ook de inzet geweest van veel debatten en discussies in de vroege 21e eeuw.

Hoe bevrijdde dat geloof hen van bijgeloof? Onder andere doordat de ware God aan hen onthulde dat hij het heelal bestuurt door middel van exacte wetten of inzettingen. Ruim 3500 jaar geleden vroeg Jehovah God bijvoorbeeld aan Job, een aanbidder van hem:

„Ken jij de wetten van het heelal?” (Job 38:33, Groot Nieuws Bijbel)

En in de zevende eeuw voor onze jaartelling schreef de profeet Jeremia over „de inzettingen van hemel en aarde”

25 Dit heeft Jehovah gezegd: ’Indien het niet een feit was dat ik mijn eigen verbond van de dag en de nacht,+ de inzettingen van hemel en aarde,+ vastgesteld had, (Jeremia 33:25).

Iedereen die in de oudheid in de geschriften van de Bijbelse profeten geloofde, kon dus weten dat het heelal niet bestuurd werd door grillige mythologische goden, maar door wetten die door mensen bestudeerd en begrepen konden worden. Daarom weigerden zulke gelovige personen zich neer te buigen voor dingen die door God geschapen waren, zoals de zon, de maan en de sterren, en hadden ze er ook geen bijgelovige ideeën over (Deuteronomium 4:15-19). In plaats daarvan zagen ze Gods werken als studieobjecten waarvan ze iets konden leren over zijn wijsheid, macht en andere eigenschappen (Psalm 8:3-9; Spreuken 3:19, 20).

15 En GIJ moet goed acht geven op UW ziel,+ want GIJ hebt generlei gedaante gezien+ op de dag dat Jehovah in Ho̱reb midden uit het vuur tot U sprak, 16 opdat GIJ niet verderfelijk handelt+ en U niet werkelijk een gesneden beeld maakt, de gedaante van enig symbool, de afbeelding van een man of een vrouw,+ 17 de afbeelding van enig dier dat op de aarde is,+ de afbeelding van enig gevleugeld gevogelte dat aan de hemel vliegt,+ 18 de afbeelding van iets wat zich op de aardbodem beweegt, de afbeelding van enige vis+ die in de wateren onder de aarde is; 19 en dat gij uw ogen niet naar de hemel opslaat en inderdaad de zon en de maan en de sterren, heel het heerleger van de hemel, ziet en u werkelijk laat verleiden en u ervoor neerbuigt en ze dient,*+ die Jehovah, uw God, aan alle volken onder de ganse hemel heeft toebedeeld.+ (Deuteronomium 4:15-19)

 Wanneer ik uw hemel zie, het werk van uw vingers,+ De maan en de sterren die gij hebt bereid,Wat is dan de sterfelijke mens+ dat gij aan hem denkt,+ En de zoon van de aardse mens dat gij voor hem zorgt?+ Voorts hebt gij hem ook een weinig minder dan goddelijken* gemaakt,+En met heerlijkheid+ en pracht hebt gij hem toen gekroond.+ Gij doet hem heersen over de werken van uw handen;+Alles hebt gij onder zijn voeten gelegd:+ 7 Kleinvee* en runderen, die allemaal,+En ook de dieren van het open veld,+ 8 De vogels van de hemel en de vissen der zee,+Al wat langs de paden der zeeën trekt.+ 9 O Jehovah, onze Heer, hoe majestueus is uw naam op de ganse aarde!+ (Psalm 8:3-9)

19 Jehovah zelf heeft in wijsheid de aarde gegrondvest.+ Hij heeft de hemel stevig bevestigd met onderscheidingsvermogen.+ 20 Door zijn kennis werden zelfs de waterdiepten* vaneengespleten,+ en [uit] de wolkenhemel blijft lichte regen neerdruppelen.+ (Spreuken 3:19, 20)

In overeenstemming met de opvattingen van veel wetenschappers van nu geloofden de oude Hebreeën dat het heelal een begin had gehad. „In het begin schiep God de hemel en de aarde”, zegt Genesis 1:1. Bovendien onthulde God aan Job dat de aarde ’aan niets hangt’ of in de ruimte zweeft (Job 26:7). En meer dan 2500 jaar geleden schreef de profeet Jesaja dat de aarde rond of bolvormig is (Jesaja 40:22).*

 Hij spant het noorden uit over de lege ruimte,+ Hangt de aarde op aan niets; (Job 26:7)

22 Er is er Een die woont boven het rond der aarde+ — waarvan de bewoners als sprinkhanen zijn — Degene die de hemelen uitspant net als een fijn gaas, die ze uitspreidt als een tent om in te wonen,+ (Jesaja 40:22)

De Bijbel stemt dus inderdaad overeen met wetenschappelijke feiten. Sterker nog, de Bijbel en de wetenschap vullen elkaar schitterend aan. Als iemand een van beide zou negeren, zou hij daarmee een gelegenheid om meer over God te weten te komen, onbenut laten (Psalm 119:105; Jesaja 40:26).

105 Uw woord is een lamp voor mijn voet,*+ En een licht op mijn pad.+ (Psalm 119:105)

26 „Heft UW ogen naar omhoog en ziet. Wie heeft deze dingen geschapen?+ Het is Degene die het heerleger daarvan zelfs naar het getal uitleidt, ze alle zelfs bij name roept.+ Vanwege de overvloed van dynamische energie,*+ en omdat hij sterk is in kracht,* ontbreekt er niet één [aan]. (Jesaja 40:26)

De astronoom Allan Sandage zei ooit:

“De wetenschap kan niet de diepste vragen te beantwoorden. Zodra je vraagt ​​waarom is er iets in plaats van het niets, ben je verder gegaan dan de wetenschap. “

Niet alleen legt de Bijbel de creatie uit op een manier die harmonieert met de wetenschap, maar zij geeft ook antwoord op vragen die de wetenschap nog steeds niet heeft kunnen oplossen -zoals, Wat is Gods doel voor de aarde en voor de mensheid?

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Engelse versie / English version: Are Science and the Bible Compatible?

Vervolg: Wetenschap en religie zijn met elkaar te rijmen

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Aanvullende lectuur:

  1. Lijden, waarom God het toelaat
  2. In leven na dood gelovende Duitsers
  3. Geleerd en Gelovig
  4. Vaticaan publiceert procesakten van Galileo Galilei
  5. Wat is Gods doel met de aarde?
  6. We kunnen Gods doel niet zien

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  • Creation (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)

    The Bible also describes six “days” of creation. However, it does not say that these were 24-hour days. (Genesis 1:31) In fact, the Bible uses the word “day” to refer to various lengths of time. For example, it calls the entire period of creation “the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven.” (Genesis 2:4) Evidently, these “days” of creation lasted many thousands of years.—Psalm 90:4.

    Why It Matters

     The false ideas of creationists could lead you to dismiss the Bible altogether. On the other hand, if the Bible actually contains a credible account of creation, you stand to benefit from its storehouse of “practical wisdom.”—Proverbs 3:21.
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    The astronomer Allan Sandage once said: “Science cannot answer the deepest questions. As soon as you ask why is there something instead of nothing, you have gone beyond science.” Not only does the Bible explain creation in a way that harmonizes with science but it also answers questions that science cannot—such as, What is God’s purpose for the earth and for mankind?

  • Grasshoppers (terehime.wordpress.com)
    Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand?Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
  • Moving on (thembiministers.wordpress.com)
    we need to believe that disappointments do not mean death, but it could be God’s way of preparing us for greater things and to make us learn to draw closer to Him first before He can give us what we want.
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    God is the God of the impossible; He made manna to fall from heaven, remember that He is the God that never changes and He has no favourites trust him for a better career. Even if an opportunity seems lost, trust God for a new and a better one. Do not try and figure God out or try and predict His next step because even the things which are impossible for men, they are possible with God (Mark 10:27).
  • Bible containing scientific information (steppingtoes.wordpress.com)
    Unlike every other Ancient Near East cosmology, the Bible describes the universe in naturalistic terms. The sun, moon, and stars are inanimate objects rather than gods, the universe was not created from the recycled body parts of divine beings, and the universe operates according to fixed laws. Early Jewish and Christian commentators understood that nature is regular and orderly, since everything in nature takes place according to fixed laws which God has instituted, which never change.
  • Jehovah’s Witness Systematic Theology: Doctrine of Jehovah (trueforms.wordpress.com)
    In most cases, though, thoughts rather than specific words were miraculously conveyed to the hearts and minds of Bible writers, permitting them to choose their own words to express them. “The congregator sought to find the delightful words and the writing of correct words of truth,” states Ecclesiastes 12:10. The Gospel writer Luke “traced all things from the start with accuracy, to write them in logical order.” (Luke 1:3) God’s spirit ensured that human imperfection did not taint his message.”
    (The Watchtower 2012, They were Borne Along by the Holy Spirit, 25-29)
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    The Bible is Prophetic
    “The Bible contains numerous prophecies, many of which have already been fulfilled. Consider an example. Through the prophet Isaiah, who lived in the eighth century B.C.E., Jehovah foretold that the city of Babylon would be destroyed. (Isaiah 13:1914:22, 23) Details were given to show just how this would happen. Invading armies would dry up Babylon’s river and march into the city without a battle. That is not all. Isaiah’s prophecy even named the king who would conquer Babylon—Cyrus.—Isaiah 44:2745:2.