Bible vs. Science
Q. What should I do when I get confused about what the Bible says and what science says? For instance, scientists say dinosaurs lived millions of years before humans, but the Bible says the Earth was created in six days and man was created during that time. How do I know what to believe?
A. Remember this saying of the early church: "All truth is God's truth." That means that if we understand the Bible correctly, and if we understand scientific data correctly, they will not contradict each other. God is the author of both scriptural truth and scientific truth.
It's easy to misunderstand the Bible. We can't as humans fully understand it. The account of creation in Genesis may mean that God created the world in six 24-hour days. It might also be metaphoric, meaning that the "days" of creation represented a much longer period of time-as 2 Peter 3:8 says, "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years" (NIV). The Bible's account might not rule out the possibility that dinosaurs roamed the earth before humans.
On the other hand, it's also easy to misinterpret scientific data.
My advice is to learn as much as possible about the scientific theories, and learn as much as possible about how to interpret the Bible. Because all of it, if you understand the facts, is God's truth.
Marshall, a former pastor, is now editor of Leadership Journal, a magazine for pastors.
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