Science in the Bible II

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

Two Christians in a jury deliberation room

Felipe: Sorry to butt in here. I know we’re supposed to be getting going talking about this case, but I had to throw in my two cents. What makes you think that the Bible is intended to have anything to say about science at all?

Denise: The Bible may not be all about science, but it does talk about some scientific topics like animal behavior and creation, and when it does it’s completely accurate. If it wasn’t accurate, that would be evidence that it isn’t inspired.

Felipe: I don’t think the Bible is meant to be taken that literally on subjects that are outside of its area of focus.

Denise: Don’t you believe the Bible is the word of God?

Felipe: Yes, I do.

Denise: Then how can you say it’s ever wrong?

Felipe: I’m not saying the Bible’s wrong. I’m saying that the Bible is often poetic, and when poetic meaning is intended, literal scientific truth is a secondary consideration. To take a non-Biblical example, it’s not an insult to the poet to point out that you can’t literally compare someone to a summer’s day.

Denise: Where is the Bible ever poetic and literal at the same time?

Felipe: Right at the beginning, in Genesis. The creation story is a beautiful explanation of the plan God had for creation and how man fell. It explains so much, even though it isn’t scientifically accurate.

Denise: How can you say it’s not scientifically accurate? Every word of Genesis is literally true.

Felipe: Not if the world is billions of years old.

Denise: Then it’s not.

Felipe: That’s where you and I are going to have to disagree. I agree that the Bible is completely true, but I think you’re taking it too far.


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Posted on December 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Conversations

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  1. Written by rwsgate
    on December 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm
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    The biggest problem fundamentalist Christians have is that they are caught between asserting that the Bible is absolutely true, that every word is God-given, and then having to acknowledge that there are contradictions which are 180 degrees opposite of each other. There are two distinct creation stories in the first chapter of Genesis, and another in the story of Noah.

    The problem is, you either believe 100% in the accuracy of the Bible or you are just cherry-picking lines to serve your agenda. And if you cherry pick, aren’t you re-interpreting the Bible for your own purposes? Either the Bible was accurate or it was not. If it is not completely accurate, why should I accept any of it as true?

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