In a clear and growing contest between religion and science, science clearly is winning the battle. When it comes down to pitting clear, understandable, and convincing solid evidence against faith and just believe, unfortunately wet toilet paper holds together better than just believe.
In today’s world where the credibility of science and scientists is placed in a very high level of respect, challenges without evidence simply are like shadows in the dark. The educated people of today demand and expect proof before they give any credibility to a statement. Long standing religious beliefs are falling one by one to the answers science is providing.
Imagine if you would if science one day could prove that there is no other side. Once you die, that is it and Game over. Simply imagine what effect that would have on terrorism and in particular suicide terrorist attacks. They would simply stop. There are no virgins on the other side waiting and there is no glory, so why kill myself would be the thinking. It would also have a profound effect on fanatical followers as well.
So when the Pope offers and comes forward and suggest that God is behind things that were never heard of in the days of the Bible, one can only get the feeling the Pope is lying and making things up on the fly to do his best to combat the reality of science.
(Reuters) – God’s mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday.
“The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe,” Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star.
“Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God,” he said in a sermon to some 10,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica on the feast day.
While the pope has spoken before about evolution, he has rarely delved back in time to discuss specific concepts such as the Big Bang, which scientists believe led to the formation of the universe some 13.7 billion years ago.
Researchers at CERN, the nuclear research center in Geneva, have been smashing protons together at near the speed of light to simulate conditions that they believe brought into existence the primordial universe from which stars, planets and life on earth — and perhaps elsewhere — eventually emerged.
Some atheists say science can prove that God does not exist, but Benedict said that some scientific theories were “mind limiting” because “they only arrive at a certain point … and do not manage to explain the ultimate sense of reality …”
He said scientific theories on the origin and development of the universe and humans, while not in conflict with faith, left many questions unanswered.
“In the beauty of the world, in its mystery, in its greatness and in its rationality … we can only let ourselves be guided toward God, creator of heaven and earth,” he said.
Benedict and his predecessor John Paul have been trying to shed the Church’s image of being anti-science, a label that stuck when it condemned Galileo for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun, challenging the words of the Bible.
Galileo was rehabilitated and the Church now also accepts evolution as a scientific theory and sees no reason why God could not have used a natural evolutionary process in the forming of the human species.
The Catholic Church no longer teaches creationism — the belief that God created the world in six days as described in the Bible — and says that the account in the book of Genesis is an allegory for the way God created the world.
But it objects to using evolution to back an atheist philosophy that denies God’s existence or any divine role in creation. It also objects to using Genesis as a scientific text.