The more science we discover, the less reliable our Holy Books are becoming. Yeah sure we can try to square the circle and say that science and religion go together like peanut butter and jelly. But do they really?
The 6 day Genesis account of the creation of the earth, moon and stars conflicts markedly from the creation account given to us by scientists. Granted science hasn’t yet discovered everything about the beginning of our universe but it has discovered a very old universe.
The instantaneous creation of creatures does not account whatsoever for the distribution of animals around the world. For example, the differences in species on islands makes complete sense given evolution and no sense given the Noah’s ark hypothesis.
The story of Joshua claiming that the sun and moon stopped in earth’s sky is impossible and makes no sense given what we know about the solar system and planetary orbits. The sun can’t stop in the sky. The earth would have to stop rotating (and then subsequently restart). Also, the moon would fall to earth if it wasn’t rotating around the earth.
Stars falling to earth is an impossibility that only a primitive person (as is written in the sayings of Jesus) could imagine. They thought the stars were just dots in the dome of the sky around earth. The Bible writers had no idea the relative size of stars compared to the earth.
So let’s get real. Either the God of the Bible (Yawheh) is a trickster who puts evidence around us directly conflicting with “His Word” to test our faith or it was written with the limited scientific knowledge of the human writer at that time. So let’s have a thought experiment. Let’s assume there is a God who created the universe. Think about how he might do it. Would he build it and then constantly tinker inside of it? Or would he setup the mechanisms where it runs on it’s own and creates new stars, planets and solar systems? What the evidence shows is that there are various laws of physics that guide matter to form galaxies including stars and planets. And the mechanism of evolution is also part of a biological law of change and adaptation. Science is telling us a very detailed and robust story of a universe that can be mostly understood to be acting in accordance with the laws of physics. Yes there are gaps in our knowledge but what we know so far contradicts all of the ancient holy books.
It seems to me that humans are discovering the universe around them but still looking at the various Holy Books their parents told them were true and assuming they are the only Holy Books possible. One might say I’ll pick the Quaran. One says I’ll pick the Bible. Another says I’ll pick the Book of Mormon. And a few say they’ll pick Dianetics. We are choosing from the books we already have but obviously they don’t match the evidence of the world we see in front of us. The real God needs to dictate a new book to humanity. And that new book needs to reflect the universe and the world exactly as we see it. Only then can we start believing in Him and stop forcing the universe to fit into the teachings of a false book. Clearly the gods of the current Holy Books are false gods.
Can’t we all agree to accept what we see before us and stop lying to protect our Gods and Holy Books? After all, if there are god(s) and they set all this in motion, they did it for a reason and didn’t intend for us to deny their handiwork.