Science Speaks; the Bible Speaks “Backwards”

Sometimes I feel like modern science says everything backwards compared to the Word of God…

For instance, scientists tell us the earth is spinning and orbiting the sun, but God’s Word says:

“He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.”
– Psalm 104

Scientists tell us the sun is older than the earth, but God’s Word tells us that the sun wasn’t made until the fourth day of creation, after the earth had already been made:

“God made two great lights–the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. … And there was evening, and there was morning–the fourth day.”
– Genesis 1:16,19

Scientists have told us that the “atmosphere becomes thinner and thinner with increasing altitude, with no definite boundary between the atmosphere and outer space” (Wikipedia), but God’s Word tells us there is a hard firmament above our heads, with waters above it:

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.” – Genesis 1:6-7

“Can you join him [God] in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?” – Job 37:18

“Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.” – Psalm 148:4

Scientists tell us the sun, moon, and stars are inconceivably great distances away from us, but God tells us He placed these lights inside the firmament, which functions as a tent-like barrier:

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:” – Genesis 1:14

“The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent” – Psalm 104:2

“In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.” – Psalm 19:4b

Scientists tell us the earth goes around the sun, but God’s Word tells us the sun circuits the earth (continuing from the verse I just quoted):

“It [the sun] is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.”
– Psalm 19:5-6

I could go on, but in sum, it seems like if you take the Bible literally, there’s quite a difference of opinion on these things…

And certainly, you can feel free to believe as you like. I’m more than aware that going against the grain of scientific thought isn’t exactly popular, but personally, I’m trying to be true to what I believe God has said. And I know many people will interpret these verses that I’ve quoted figuratively, saying that they don’t literally mean what they say, but inasmuch as I’m able, I’m trying to take what God says at face value, because I don’t want to fall into the doubt that Satan is so fond of introducing (“Did God really say…?” – Genesis 3:1)

Just some food for thought… Feel free to disagree. What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

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Persecution, One Christian To Another

I thought this had a lot of truth in it, especially relevant to those of us who live in the West — a good call to consider how we treat our brothers and sisters in the Lord…

Brother Yun, a Christian from China, after being attacked in an article by someone he’d never met who was saying all kinds of false and negative things about him, said this:

“In China I had been used to beatings, torture with electric batons, and all kinds of humiliation. I guess that deep in my heart I had presumed that now I was in the West my days of persecution had ended.

“I couldn’t understand how someone who had never met me could write such a nasty article. I complained to my Christian friends, ‘Why don’t these people call us and read the documents? I don’t understand! Why don’t they find the truth out for themselves? It’s right here for them to see!’

“My translator told me, ‘Brother Yun, these people don’t want to know the truth. That’s why they’re not calling you or wanting to meet you. In China, Christians are persecuted with beatings and imprisonment. In the West, Christians are persecuted by the words of other Christians.'”

Dang…

And that’s the sad state of our world today — we would rather strike down our own and openly slander them or gossip about them than choose to suspend judgement and talk to that person directly.

As James tells us, “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.” (James 4:11)

Instead, if we really think a brother or sister is in the wrong, we need to speak to them personally:

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.” (Matthew 18:15)

It’s only after they personally refuse to listen to you that we have any right to get other people involved:

“But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” (Matthew 18:16-17)

If you look for it, you can find bad things about anyone. But that should not be our goal. We need to be willing to /love/ others and give them the benefit of the doubt. For,

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:6-7)

Do you see that? “Always trusts.”

So may that be the attitude of our hearts — to trust that our brothers and sisters are in the right. And if we have any reason to doubt their walk or doctrine, may we come to them personally and seek out the truth for ourselves, knowing that we will all be judged someday:

“You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” (Romans 14:10)