So we have a Trump appointee saying he is not sold on science because Science has gotten it wrong throughout the 5500 year history of our planet. I’d laugh, only it isn’t funny at all.
Look, I’m a Bible-believing Christian, and even I accept that the earth is ANCIENT. The formation of the universe may have taken billions, even TRILLIONS of years. You can’t just add up the years accounted for in the bible, and then start counting them from some arbitrary date to get a total number of years. And while I do believe that there was a Great Flood, I have my doubts that it was GLOBAL. I mean, places like china have a history that reaches back WAY MORE than 5500 years. And where Noah’s Ark is said to have come to rest is way lower in altitude compared to mountains like Mt. Everest. God gave us science… AND common sense… so we could learn about the world around us.
As to the earth being created in seven 24-hour periods? Not buying that, either. Back when Genesis was written, long before the renaissance which propelled human knowledge and understanding, I don’t think that there was an understanding of billions, or trillions of anything. And what is the counting of years to God, a being that exists outside the confines of time and space? I do believe that there were seven stages of the creation process. But there is no accurate measurement of how long each stage lasted. And what did the origin of species actually look like? For all we know, Charles Darwin may have been spot on in terms of the PHYSICAL manifestation of the creation process. Nobody was alive that far back to observe it.
I have come to believe that Intelligent Design and Random Formation are reconciled with each other in the form of what has recently emerged in the creation of video games: PROCEDURAL GENERATION. That is the random creation of a world (Minecraft) or a universe (No Man’s Sky) within the scope of a series of pre-determined rules. In fact, science has revealed the same sort of numerical data in the physical world which has been put into those games, and you know what? IT WORKS.
Someone had to establish the rules. And just as the designers of those games exist outside the confines of the game world or universe, God exists outside the confines of our physical universe. And before you judgmental Bible Thumpers who call yourselves Christians attempt to demonized me, I have said nothing here that in any way diminishes the greatness and Awesomeness of God or the fact that he is not OF this universe, but beyond it, and therefore cannot be measured by anything in it, including science.
The earth is ancient, but still created by god. Maybe he took 6 of his days, but his days aren’t ours. If we deal with an eternal being, perhaps a day is 1 billion years. Using generous guesstimation, I calculated around 1.4 Billion years = 1 Day. And that puts us still on Day 7. The Day Of Rest. and what happens when your parents are trying to rest and you keep disturbing them, keep on causing trouble? They get mad. So while human folks get mad and yell and ground, perhaps other types send bog honking floods (which aren’t world wide, but the known world wide).
Key phrase in that last sentence: “The KNOWN world wide.” the entire old testament is written from the Jewish perspective, and the world had yet to be explored beyond the scope of relatively local trade. There was no contact with regions beyond the general relative region. It wasn’t until the New Testament that the much wider world begin to influence the region, with the expansion of the Roman Empire into Judea. Places like France weren’t even known of, and still we are only dealing with the Eastern Hemisphere. It wasn’t until 1492 that North and South America were discovered, and quite by accident. Nobody had a clue that the world was as big as it is. In a strictly literal sense, prior to the New Testament, any mention of “the world” as an inclusive word only refers to the world that could be known about. And at the time of the Great Flood, not nearly as much of the world known about by the end of the Old Testament had been discovered.
Oh… And one of the things that makes me doubt the seven 24-hour days of creation is the fact that the Sun and the Moon were created on the 4th “day”. The concept of Day and Night were 1st Day developments, true. But the measurement of 24-hour days could not be possible until the Sun was formed. We can observe the formation of Stars in nebulae. And while it has taken a very long time for the light from those stars and nebulae to reach earth, suggesting that the process is long sense complete, what we observe demonstrates that it takes way longer than 24 hours for a star to form. So again, I believe that the word “day” in terms of a stage of creation refers to an indeterminate, yet short in the grand scheme, period of time.
There are references to the coming Tribulation as the last terrible week of the Lord. The bible tells us that the Tribulation will last seven years, much longer than an actual seven day week. So again, we have a symbolic representation of a period of time.
I do not doubt the validity of the Bible, that it is inspired by a perfect God. It has, however, been written, copied and translated by imperfect human beings, and over the thousands of years of that, I do not wonder whether or not a significant portion of the inspiration has been lost in the translation of what God revealed to the minds of the original authors to what they first wrote on paper, to say nothing about all the rewriting that came after. And there is a lot about canonized scripture that is historical. And history is always written from the point of view of the author. There was no bible during the old, or even new testament. There was a collection of scriptures that were revered by the devout. It would not be until some time later that which of these writings would and would not be considered canonical. How do we know that there isn’t God-inspired scripture left out of canon simply because it doesn’t fit the narrative of those who decided what to and what not to include.
I don’t have the answer to that question. I just know that where people are concerned, there are always agendas. And religion manipulated by those in power is what brought the Dark Ages to Europe. Were it not for that period of human history, who knows how much further ahead we would be today?