NO OFFENSE, BUT WHAT DO SCIENTISTS KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE?
The Origins Project is the brainchild of physicist Lawrence Krauss, a professor at Arizona State University. The Origins Project was created to explore humankind’s most fundamental questions about our origins. Lawrence Krauss is a militant atheist. He is noisy and vocal about this. He doesn’t believe in a god of any kind, and thinks that bringing God into the origins discussion is foolish and unnecessary. No offense, but when it comes to origins, why should we listen to a physicist any more than we listen to a plumber or a philosopher? Scientists like Krauss are clearly brilliant, but have no unusual insight into the issue of origins. Let’s be clear, any scientist who attempts to speak about the origin of the universe is no longer speaking as a scientist, but has become a philosopher.
Jerry Coyne, from the University of Chicago, claims that “science” leads to atheism. Really? Not according to Isaac Newton, Galileo, Copernicus or Kepler. Also, not according to Dr. John Lennox, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Oxford.
“Science” by definition, deals with repeatable events that can be tested in a laboratory or in the field. Last time I checked, the Big Bang and the creation of life are not repeatable events. All that Krauss and company can tell us is what the universe looks like now, how big it is, and how fast it’s moving. And this is very interesting stuff. Astronomers and physicists are really good at measuring stuff, and giving us data – lots of it. But when it comes to “why” questions, such as “Why is there something rather than nothing?”, a physicist is no more qualified to answer that question than a bricklayer or a stockbroker.
The only document that contains eyewitness testimony to the origin of anything is the Bible. Only God was there when everything was created. The book of Genesis is written in straightforward narrative prose, and has been accepted as trustworthy and reliable for giving us information about the real universe for thousands of years. It’s only been in the last 200 years or so that Christians have felt the need to somehow make Genesis fit the “assured results of modern science”. To simply pick up Genesis 1 and 2, and to read it in context, is a beautiful and profound experience. God inspired Moses to give us this account, not to confuse us, but to give us an explanation for the universe and our place in it. So, what does Genesis 1-11 really teach?
I close by calling Dr. James Barr to the stand. Barr was a theological liberal who did NOT believe in the historical reliability of the Genesis account. He was a professor of Hebrew at Oxford University. However, Barr had enough integrity to write the following in a personal letter in 1984, about how Genesis presents itself:
“…so far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Genesis 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that:
1) Creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience
2) The figures contained in the Genesis genealogies provided by simple addition a chronology from the beginning of the world up to later stages in the biblical story
3) Noah’s flood was understood to be worldwide and extinguish all human and animal life except for those in the ark”
God said it, I believe it, that settles it! Wait, forget the middle phrase. It really doesn’t matter what I believe. God said it, that settles it!
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor