By: Nick “Tapobu” Rohlf
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Sometimes Facebook really irritates me. One of the reasons for this is that there seems to constantly be a war going on between the science majors and the religion majors. Each side in the war seems to have very little respect for the other, and anything said by either side is taken by that side as absolute fact. This is a problem.
In the red corner, weighing in at 6,000 years, we have YOUNG EARTH CREATIONISM. Anything older than 6,000 years simply doesn’t exist because I added up the literal years in my Bible and it comes to 6,000. Therefore the world can’t be any older and science is not worth studying because it goes against my personal beliefs.
In the blue corner, weighing in at 4.54 billion years, we have THE BIG BANG THEORY. The world was created by accident after an unfortunate bout of cosmic flatulence combined with an untimely spark caused an enormous explosion that is still spreading across the universe today. This is why outer space smells nasty.
Basically what it comes down to is that both sides demand that the other adhere to their point of view and admit the error of their ways. But here’s the thing. Listen closely because I’m only going to say it once: It doesn’t matter.
Whoa. Whoa. Did he just go there? Yep. It doesn’t matter. Oh shoot, I said it twice. The creation vs. evolution debate doesn’t matter. More than that, it’s actually exceedingly harmful to both science and religion. You see, when we have these high-stakes debates that question the intelligence of the opposing side, we start to dig our trenches and refuse to budge on anything related to that issue. Over time, scientists begin to see “love your neighbor” as NOPE RELIGION and Christians begin to see “let’s not pollute our earth” as NOPE SCIENCE. So you see, eventually we reach the point at which scientists and theologians believe that nothing good can come from the other. And that, more than anything, is a huge problem.
See, the thing is, the world works in the way that it does. We can’t argue against that. If, someday, evidence is found to reveal beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world was made in “x” fashion, what will you do if you’re wrong? Will your faith fall out from under you because of this one thing? Will you stick to your guns and deny the truth? We need to stop clinging to these little “one things” and realize that God is bigger than that. God is bigger than the person we want him to be. It doesn’t make him any less powerful if the earth was made over the course of 4.54 billion years. It doesn’t diminish the usefulness of science if the world was made in 6,000 years. Because after all, science has perfected the Flintstone vitamin. And not even Billy Graham or the Pope can deny the awesomeness that is the Flintstone vitamin. Even if the world was born yesterday.