and the Bible
by Timothy Foster
us look at how we view the bible and science. I believe that we need to
understand that our thinking about the world around us affects our walk
with Jesus. The bible says
to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. I suspect that wrong
thinking, or thinking full of error, produces results in our lives that
are not the fruit that our Lord desires. If our minds are filled with
incorrect ideas about the world that we live in we will not be able to
have dominion over it.
should understand that the writings that were inspired by the Holy
Spirit - scripture - proclaim truth. Our understandings, interpretations
and translations of the original words may not always perfectly align
with this truth. Nevertheless, in relation to these words, our purpose
is to know more clearly and abide by the original meaning of Godís
has been said that the bible is not a scientific book. The bible does
not make this statement about itself.
It has been said that the bible is not a history book but merely
contains myths, allegories and other tales to illustrate its truths.
Evidence has been found to confirm the historical accuracy of various
biblical stories. The stories were obviously true before we had found
the archaeological and other evidences. The bible does not say of itself
that it is not historical. Whatever scripture - I am not saying the
bible - declares, we can rely on it to be fact even when we have no
external evidences. When proper study of the bible has brought us to
what our God has actually spoken then we must set aside any of our
thinking that is contrary.
bible says that scripture is profitable for correction, reproof and
doctrine. I believe this applies to our thinking about history and
science - not just religious values. It is important that all our
knowledge is subjected to scriptural verification and that we are not
attempting to interpret Scripture according to our own understanding of
particularly important scientific topic is creation. (Whether there has
yet been formulated a scientific framework within which the creation
proposal can be adequately studied is a related topic.) My statements
will hopefully, whatever your current understanding and belief, direct
you to a clearer knowledge of Godís word. I would like to say
specifically that in relation to the Genesis story there is no
scientific proof that contradicts a literal six-day creation. There
really is no direct evidence at all that opposes such a literal
interpretation of the Genesis account. If Godís original word means
something other than a literal six-day creation then by all means
believe it by faith despite there being no visible evidence to support
that belief. You cannot justify such a belief by any scientific proof,
as none exists. You may not believe there to be any scientific proof of
a six-day creation but there is certainly no scientific disproof.
have seen attempts to reconcile scripture with various interpretations
of scientific data. Whatever your beliefs are, be sure that they are
grounded in scripture not theory. However you are persuaded, be sure it
is not by arguments that rely upon interpretation of external evidence.
consequence of a distorted view of the beginning of things is a
distorted view of the end of things. Sometimes we donít get
Revelations right because we havenít got Genesis right. The end of a
matter is more important than the beginning therefore how we ultimately
train our minds to see things is more important than our present first
attempts. Today we can begin to set aside our preconceived ideas and
rely on the Spirit of Truth to lead us into all Truth. This includes the
realm of science.