Maybe Christians should not focus on creation

(Shaun) #1

Usually, human activities involve both objective part and subjective part.

(Objective part: the functions without consciousness like heart beating. Subjective part: your judgment, decision, solution, attitude, etc.
They may not be the right terms. But I haven’t found better alternative terms.)

Let’s suppose scientists are super smart. They could explain something as big as the universe and as small as particles. They could even make robots/programs that no human beings could win in a chess game.

Now a scientist walks down the street and sees someone injured and needing help. What should be his proper response?

If he just walks away, I don’t think you would have good words for him.

But if he helps, how could he know the injured person is not Ted Bundy?

If he pretends to be smart, it would only make him dumber.

Now it’s Christians’ turn to be smart.

When people are free to decide what to do, you can hardly find natural law to detect or determine what they are planning, their intention, etc. And in some cases, when you find out, it’s too late, or you don’t even have the opportunity to find out.

When I find it hard to believe that God created everything, I am strongly pro Christianity, because we can’t detect human intentions or their plans, and I need the effect of Christian faith.

God is what we need to deal with human subjective part. And Christianity is quite successful. Maybe Christians should focus on this, not to argue about when God created everything. (It’s certainly better if you can explain everything in the world without contradictions or failures.)

I hope this may not offend someone and I am sorry if it does.

(Christy Hemphill) #2

It just seems like you are envisioning two non-intersecting sets; scientists and Christians, when in reality Christians are a subset of scientists. How can a Christian who is a scientist avoid focusing on creation if that is his or her vocation and profession?

(Shaun) #3

Yes, two non-intersecting sets now. Maybe one day they could be one. But we won’t wait until then to enjoy both the success of science and faith. The important thing is we need to be careful because it’s also a proven fact that we can’t apply science or faith beyond their realm without failures.

(Christy Hemphill) #4

I don’t understand. What do you do with the fact that millions of Christians are also scientists? They are not non-intersecting sets. I personally know many people who are members of the set “scientist” and also members of the set “Christian.”

(Shaun) #5

No, I didn’t say a scientist couldn’t be a Christian or a Christian couldn’t be a scientist.
My point is about the scientific practice or religious practice and what result we could expect.