Science and the Bible!

That’s super cool! We just learned about these different views in class and I wanted to come here and dive deeper.

Amen! This is so true and shows how good of a God He is!

This is a very cool and interesting link. I am glad you exposed me to this and that I can research new things!

1 Like

Got it. I personally still need to read the Bible more and understand it in order to come to a real consensus because I am still learning.

How exactly do you view the Bible? I am very curious and want to see where you stand on interpreting the Bible.

I fully agree with the latter but I believe the Bible as a whole is a historical document even though Genesis is a book that stirs up a lot of different views and opinions. I will definitely read more of Genesis.

That’s great. I heard that from somewhere else as well and that’s good to hear.

Thanks a lot!

1 Like

The late Bruce Metzger, a Princeton theological professor, described the scriptures well:

“They are authoritative, and hence canonical, because they are the extant literary deposit of the direct and indirect apostolic witness on which the later witness of the Church depends.”

Excerpt From
The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance
Bruce M Metzger


This material may be protected by copyright.

So I have great respect for the scriptures and view them as both authoritative and valuable.

I don’t think we should make claims for the Bible that it does not make for itself, such as claims of inerrancy or that it is, in its entirety, the “Word of God,” or that God wrote it.

The Bible certainly includes the Word of God, which is the message of God. (There are other meanings for the Word of God, but they don’t apply to this discussion.)

1 Like

Thank you for showing me this book!

Yeah and I fully agree and need to learn to not do this so often. The Word of God is made by God and shouldn’t be changed. People may interpret it differently but can’t change what it says one bit.

Thank you so much for the clarification and your help!

2 Likes

I think most here are familiar with Francis Collins. He founded BioLogos, where you are commenting.

1 Like

I have wondered, if Collins were to look at evolution and reveal the gaps in their thinking would this help Christianity at all?

So maybe his current line of research is where he should be, maybe?

The Bible actually does not deny the antiquity of the universe.

The word traditionally translated ‘day’ in Genesis 1 is a word for an indeterminate period of time, that period determined solely by context. The context in Genesis 1 is unique in all of scripture, the very creation of the universe, space and time itself, and it happened ONCE. A plea to a meaning in another later context is illegitimate.

1 Like

That is more applicable to those of the YEC persuasion.

Did you read the fun piece of evidence for the old earth, linked above?

Wrong on every point.
The Bible says it is inerrant
2 Timothy 3:15-17a
…15From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.…

There are today many atheists who claim to be Christians who’s only real goal is to chip away from the reality of God by denying God’s word, one verse at a time.

While Genesis is the writings of Moses, the one man who actually spoke to God and therefore wrote this from the testimony of God Himself.

Archeology confirms the overall outline of Genesis from the times of Abraham on.


P. S. Nothing within archeology contradicts anything within the Bible, though a lot of things are not proven either. In fact, not one of the miracles can be proven for to prove it, you would have to duplicate it and if you could duplicate it in a lab to be studied by or through human means would it be a miracle?

I very much believe in God’s miracles in providence, you may discover, which I actually mentioned where I cited the link above. It is not about archeology, it is a fun piece of scientific evidence.

Does that question mark mean you are guessing? Because I didn’t see anything like that reading his book. Arguments from design, especially in living organisms, do not work and are full of theological problems as well. The search for God in intelligent design and picturing Him as a great watchmaker is not Biblical and more a notion of Deism than Christianity, and thus misguided with some bad implications

Here is my statement on people who say things like this.

These people remake God in their own image as obsessed with power to support their own use of religion for power over people. With their remake of the gospel into mafia-like racketeering scheme their god sounds more like the god of this world than anything like Jesus. In their opposition to science they shut the kingdom of God against men (making the creator of Earth and sky into the greatest liar the world has ever seen) and thus as religionists like the Pharisees in Matthew 23, they are children of hell and effectively devil worshippers.

Collins does look at the gaps in the thinking of this American Xtian cult and thus greatly helps world Christianity in overcoming the shame many Christians are made to feel because of the bizarre irrationality (demonstrably worse than the Flat Earth society) that they get lumped in with because of them.

You realize he wrote a best-seller looking at evolution, right?

2 Likes

…and that people have become Christians, or returned to Christianity, because of it.

3 Likes

The Bible never claims to be inerrant, and there are some obvious errors. Any (non cursory) study of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) will make that clear.

Haven’t you noticed them?

By the ways, the passage in 2 Timothy 3:

  1. Never claims inerrancy and
  2. Is specifically about the writing Timothy had known from his youth, the Old
    Testament in the Septuagint.

Do you need for me to point out one of the minor errors? God never promised us a perfect book, but He gave us a perfect Savior.

By the way, Genesis never claims to be the writings of Moses.

2 Likes

Dr. Collins wrote a really good essay on Christianity and evolution that is well worth reading:

He does a great job discussing his own testimony, his scientific career, evolution, and the intersection of theology and science. Even if you disagree with Dr. Collins, I think you will at least understand where he and many other Christians are coming from.

2 Likes

The trick is to use science to interpret the Bible with no religious preconceptions whatsoever.

The question mark is to ask you to think.
The literal quote from Collins does sort of state the opposite:


“…and seeking answers to whether or not belief in God is potentially rational,…”
But why did he begin to wonder if belief in God could be potentially rational?

As for your insults regarding me and my motives.
I am not reinventing God, I am expounding the God of the Bible according to the Bible!
While I have just decided to report you for insulting me and lying.

For it is your own wisdom that is lying and attempting to twist the truth of God’s word.

NO I did not know this and I am deeply saddened to hear it from someone who admits that God exists.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” -Colossians 4:6

This is a place for gracious dialogue about science and faith. Please read our FAQ/Guidelines before posting.