• Says physicist Jeff Zweerink in the May 16, 2013 eNewsletter of RTB Ministries:

 

“General Relativity: Well-Tested and Standing Strong” 

 

The next 2 lead paragraphs are direct quotes:

“General relativity represents the best description known to humanity of how the universe behaves. It explicitly incorporates the idea of constant (in both space and time) physical laws. It also generically predicts a dynamic nature to spacetime such that space expands and the whole universe begins to exist. Such results comport well with biblical descriptions of the universe.

 

 

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“When Albert Einstein first introduced his general theory of relativity [in 1916], it revolutionized the way scientists viewed space and time. First, it explicitly codified the notion that the laws of physics were constant and consistent throughout the universe. Second, general relativity revealed that space and time comingle in a dynamic fashion (rather than existing as distinct, absolute, static, and eternal entities) such that space expands and time exhibits a boundary in the past. Stated more directly, tracing the history of the universe backward in time ultimately leads to the conclusion that time, space, matter, and energy all began to exist. All this follows from general relativity. And both constant laws of physics and a cosmic beginning bear a remarkable resemblance to the biblical description of the universe.”

There’s more that follows, but perhaps for some of you, our “MORE” is already more than enough.

My point: Scientists are still actively studying what Einstein declared in both his general and special theories about what things “are,” and “how they came about.” And, yes, they have become more convinced than ever that Einstein was correct. This is in no way threatening to Christianity or the Bible, although thinking has changed considerably over past decades about how the universe and its occupants have come about. According to many Bible scholars, what’s truly remarkable is that what the Bible says still harmonizes with modern science. Try doing that with other religious creation accounts! Of course, the Bible isn’t a science text. How, for example, could ancient writers report atoms, molecules, quarks, viruses, bacteria, and DNA without modern technology, and even if they somehow “saw” such things in a vision, what words were available to express this?

(Of course, it’s not totally a one-way street. Science, when acting in good faith with its own rules, struggles with the 4th word in the Bible: “In the beginning God…”  But that’s digressing to possibly a future post…)

There’s always the “adaptable metaphor.” (And metaphor is not a bad word.) In Genesis 1 when the “Spirit hovered over the waters,” could not this suggest that the first microscopic life was being formed? Many seriously studying the Bible are not only surprised by how it fits alongside the “book” of nature, but are delighted as well.

In my view, the Reason-To-Believe website is one of the best places to begin to find out how the Bible and science go together, but even more than that, the scientists on the RTB staff have helped many to understand the personal God who was behind the beginning. Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry (1996) Richard Smalley was one.

That’s  www.reasons.org.

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