Which is more reliable and enduring the Bible or Science?

Asked by: danimal
  • I want to say both but I'll say yes because I have to choose.

    There is science in the Bible; they agree with each other. For example:

    -The universe had a beginning (Gen. 1:1)
    -The earth is suspended in empty space (Job 26:7), at a time when the people believed it was on the back of a giant or an animal
    -Rivers and springs are fed by water tha has evaporated from the oceans and other sources and then fallen back to the ground as rain, snow, or hail (Job 36:27-28, Ecc. 1:7, Isaiah 55:10, Amos 9:6) at a time when the people believed that rivers were fed by underground ocean water.
    Etcetera, etcetera.

    The reason science agrees with the Bible is because God created the world, and therefore He created science. The Bible is His Word, so why should they contrast?
    If you wish to use evolution as an example of contrast, you should remember that macro evolution is only a theory and not proven.

  • How can this questions be answered with a yes or no?

    The question does not make a straightforward claim that can one can either agree or disagree with. It asks the reader to make a choice between two options, neither of which is definitively 'yes' or 'no'

    That said, the scientific method has produced far more progress and true understanding of the world and our place in it than any religious text. With science properly used, there is no 'final' answer as to any question. A true scientist must accept that for any scientific principle, there is a chance - however small - that further evidence may be found that shows the priniciple to be partially or completely wrong.

    Religion, on the other hand, is based on rigid dogma that changes only when forced to do so by society. Galileo was condemned as a heretic for stating the truth that the Earth is not the center of the universe. Slavery was supported by quoting passages from the Bible for centuries. The central core of Christianity (and other religions) is based on the notion that a Supreme Being directly or indirectly wrote the holy books and that they are unerringly accurate.

    This is not a question in which to debate the accuracy of religious beliefs. With regard to reliability and endurance, science will always outpace religion because the scientific method recognizes that, as to any principle, we might be wrong and there is a procedure to recognize and correct inaccuracies. When a religious text is inaccurate (and there are many such inaccuracies in the many versions of the Bible), that error can not be corrected, since it would be questioning the Word of God. Such a process would erode the very foundation of religion.

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