My title, of course, is fictional but I firmly believe that one day it will be science that definitely proves, or disproves, the existence of God. The best of all possible outcomes would be a theologian, who is also a scientists, is the one who finds that proof. It is not any religion’s task to prove God’s existence, theirs is one of providing faith to their followers. But faith, by definition, is a philosophical belief system which works in the absence of proof. That is a good thing. But some religions, the more conservative, seem to believe it is their job to proclaim that certain theories and facts of science are nothing more than the work of the devil, or that such science is in direct contradiction to either the teachings of God and Jesus, or contrary to what is said in the Bible.
It seems that the Bible, of all things, is the root of some problems between certain religions and science. Those people who believe that the Bible is the source of many absolutely which man needs to accept, fail to allow for certain conditions that must exist when dealing in absolutes. That is, when someone, in this case the writers of the Bible, declare something to be true it is their responsibility to offer either empirical or first hand proof. The first five books of the Bible were written by Moses. Moses’ only first hand experience appears in the book of Exodus. He certain lived long after the book of Genesis as he relates it and offers no proof. The rest of the Bible was written by at least 40 different people none of whom claim first hand experience. This includes the New Testament. Theological scholars have dated the earliest New Testament documents having been created at least 60 after the death of Jesus.
The New Testament is full of quotes attributed to Jesus. It is my belief, however, that most of those quotes are truly paraphrases. The most basic problem of that day is the extreme lacking of literate people at the time of Jesus and for many centuries following. By tradition, stories of family, history, and religion were passed along by story tellers. These story tellers can be compared to today’s television news reporters. They take a story reported to them and pass it on to others. The story tellers of Jesus’ day were paid to do their job, just as news reporters are today. The Hebrews, Romans, and all other civilizations required such people to maintain their traditions from one generation to another. A scribe was a rare person who was usually connected to persons of political position or wealth. The population of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus was approximately 50,ooo. The number of scribes in that one city likely did not exceed 10, most of whom would have been assigned to Roman politicians. And in looking at who the 12 disciples of Jesus were, it is unlikely any were literate, to include Jesus himself. Scientists today know that human memory of any particular incident is accurate for about 48 hours. After that, without a concerted attempt to remember, our ability to recall details quickly diminishes. This is not to say that people living at the time of Jesus could not have remembered with great accuracy what he said it did, but that it would take much effort to do so.
Theologians know for fact, for instance, that Moses actually brought in excess of 500 commandments to his people for his supposed meeting with God. This, of course, raises the question of what to believe. The Bible says there are only 10 commandments, but theologians know there were truly at least 500. Jesus lived 1500 years after Moses. Unfortunately, whatever progress there was in creating the Bible was insignificant if you want to use it as a document for historical fact. More moderate theologians will tell you it is a book a faith. What is certain, in this case, is that it cannot possibly be both a book of fact and faith. Either the “prove it” or “disprove it” argument necessarily win out. It is best left as a book of faith to be interpreted by each person according to his own conscience. Left in that sphere, it is an exceptional book worthy of much study and faith.
Most scientists do not deny that certain aspects of creationism have associate truth. But conservative religions fail to give that same respect to science. What they fail to realize is that their most basic belief, that God created everything, necessarily means God created science, and with it all the laws of science. In His creating the universe, God created all the laws of science which scientists use every day. God gave man the blueprint to find Him, but only if man choses to look. For reasons which confound me, it seems conservative religions do not care to see God. Science named the Higgs Boson as the “God particle.” And Steven Hawking has stated that when we figure out the “big bang” we will see the hand of God. These are not idle comments made by extremely intelligent people to poke fun at religion. It is their true belief.
Recently, astro-physicists have offered pictures of the universe as it existed about 250 million years after the big bang. In astronomical times, that is very close to birth. The truth is, scientists have absolutely no desire to disprove, or prove for that matter, the existence of God. Their job is to tell us, in as exacting terms as possible, why things are happening, and how they happened in the past. That being the case, like a good detective novel, you eventually find and prove “who done it!”